According to the International Cocoa Organization, adverse weather conditions and poor crop yields are going to result in a 242,000-ton deficit in global cocoa production this year. So you chocoholics out there had better stock up while the getting is good and the prices are low! Make the most of your chocolate with my ultimate hot chocolate. Do not skimp, use the best chocolate you can find. Heat 4 cups of milk a saucepan with a cinnamon stick and a split vanilla bean. Let steep for a little while, about 10 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and vanilla bean, whisk in 10 ounces of semisweet or milk chocolate cut into pieces. Whisk until chocolate is melted and milk is frothy. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream garnished and chocolate shavings. Click here to sign up for Christine's Food for Friends e-newsletter!