Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Beverages: Hot Cocoa

This past weekend winter came in full force to my little part of the world. Snow pounded down and we stayed indoors. Well, except for a walk in the winter wonderland.

Snow makes me wish for hot cocoa. As a girl, Mom would often have a steaming pot of homemade hot cocoa on the stove when we came in pink-cheeked and sniffly-nosed from playing in the snow. Feeling a bit nostalgic, I mixed up some cocoa for Jeremy and I to sip. This takes some attention at first, but is well worth the effort, and honestly quite easy.

(from Mom J.)
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heavy 1/4 c. cocoa powder
1/2 c. sugar
dash of salt
1/3 c. hot water
1 qt milk
3/4 tsp vanilla

Combine the cocoa, sugar, and salt in a saucepan. Blend in the hot water and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for 2 minutes.

Add milk. Stir and heat through. Remove from heat; add vanilla. Whisk in pan until foamy. Top with marshmallows if desired.


  1. glad to see this recipe on here!! i have very fond memories of mom's homemade hot chocolate.:)

  2. If I want to make hot chocolate with a recipe from this site, which would you recommend? This lastest one or one of the previous postings? Which is yummier? :-) Thanks!

  3. I'd recommend you try the recipes and decide which one you like the best. I am, of course, partial to this one, but a question like that is very subjective. Enjoy hot chocolate tastings and hopefully you'll find your favorite recipe.


  4. Thank you, Stephanie.. I tried the other one which was quite nice and I'll see how this one compares :-)

  5. Try adding coconut milk to have it taste like ice cream in a steamy hot cup of cocoa. Twist it into a different kind of recipe by simply pouring it in a porridge made from glutinous rice, you will get Champorado.

  6. That sounds delicous!