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Hot Cocoa

1 serving

Tips: It's so easy to make your own hot cocoa, and it tastes so good, that I can't imagine why anyone bothers with the packaged mixes. This can be tailored to suit individual preferences with no trouble, too. You can use either Dutch process or regular unsweetened cocoa powder here; I think the Dutch process is greatly superior, but either one will work. A simple supper of hot cocoa, freshly-baked corn bread, and a salad (or some fruit) would be wonderful on a cold, stormy night. This multiplies easily, too.


  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 1-1/2 tsp. Dutch process or regular unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Few grains salt
  • Optional: 1/2 tsp. instant coffee granules (if you use coffee, reduce the amount of cocoa powder by 1/2 tsp.)
  • 1 Tbsp. hot water
  • Optional: 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup whole OR skim milk
  • Optional garnishes:
  • Lightly sweetened whipped cream OR
  • A handful of miniature marshmallows OR
  • A long candy cane OR
  • A cinnamon stick

For Assembly:
In a mug of about 12-ounce capacity, combine sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and coffee (if used). Add hot water; stir or whisk well to dissolve ingredients. Stir in optional vanilla.

In small saucepan over low heat, heat milk until very hot, stirring occasionally. Gradually add hot milk to mug, stirring or whisking briskly to combine and dissolve all ingredients. Garnish as desired (do not use a candy cane as a garnish if you used coffee). Serve immediately.

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