Homemade Hot Cocoa


I wasn’t going to post today but I felt compelled to do so because of the weather outside here in sunny Centerville, Utah. 


 It’s beautiful! All 18 inches of it!


I love huge snow storms (as long as I don’t have to drive or the roads are clear).
So anyway, I had a really bad headache this morning and decided that Hot Cocoa would definitely make it go away. Funny thing…. it did. 🙂


Here is a fabulous
and super quick hot cocoa recipe for those days when you find
yourself lacking pre-made hot cocoa powder or just like to make
things from scratch. There
are lots of good hot cocoa mixes out there (Stephen’s Dulce de Leche Hot Cocoa…drool), just make sure you use
milk! That’s what makes it creamy and rich, plus it gives you some nutrients too.
If you do make the hot cocoa from scratch it
is a bunch cheaper.
Plus you can adjust it until it is your
perfect flavor!
You like it sweet? No problem! Add a little more sugar.
You a chocoholic? Right on! Add more cocoa powder!
You can add hazelnut, caramel/ dulce de leche,
peppermint sticks, you name it! You can have it your way!


So snuggle up in front of your fire with a warm blanket and a good book and sip away at your rich creamy hot cocoa. Enjoy the moment. Mmmm….. 🙂
Dang it. My headache is back. Better go make some more hot cocoa…
Homemade Hot Cocoa
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar (or adjusted to your preferred taste)
1 Tbsp cocoa powder (or more!- I used Ghirardelli sweet ground
chocolate and cocoa)
2 Tbsp water
1 cup milk
¼ tsp pure vanilla extract (or other flavoring)
Combine sugar, cocoa and water in a small saucepan and heat
over medium until sugar is dissolved. 
Stir regularly to prevent scorching. Add the milk and flavoring and whisk well until it reaches your desired
temperature. Make sure not to get it too hot before serving so it doesn’t risk
burning someone, especially children. If you need to keep it on the stove, just turn the heat down to the lowest setting to keep warm. I love hazelnut or
caramel/dulce de leche flavored hot cocoas so adding a bit of that flavoring is
next on my list! I’ll add an addendum if I find other awesome additives! Apparently, doubling the cocoa powder is a fabulous idea! 😉

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