Place the milk, white chocolate, vanilla and a pinch of salt (if using) in a medium saucepan. Whisk continuously over medium-low heat, until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth (do not boil). Serve immediately.
Add a splash of peppermint schnapps for a spiked Peppermint White Hot Chocolate.
Add 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract for Peppermint White Hot Chocolate. Serve with a candy cane for the garnish.
A generous splash of Rumchata adds a slight cinnamon and vanilla flavor.
Recipe adapted from Paula Deen