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Hot Cocoa

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Inexpensive, easy, and good.

1 serving

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 15 minutes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

Recipe Coursebeverage

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealkid snack, snack

Moodblue, stressed

Taste and Texturechocolatey, creamy

Type of Dishhot chocolate

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup milk

Instructions

Mix cocoa, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan, slowly stir in water. Heat and stir over moderately low heat until mixture boils, then boil slowly, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Add milk and heat to scalding but do not boil.

Variations

Cocoa for a Crowd (12 servings): Mix ¾ cup cocoa with ¾ cup sugar and ½ teaspoon salt in a large saucepan. Gradually stir in 1 quart warm water, set over low heat, and heat, stirring now and then, 8–10 minutes. Add 2 quarts milk and heat to scalding. Serve in mugs, sprinkled, if you like, with cinnamon or nutmeg or topped with marsh-mallows.

Iced Cocoa: Prepare cocoa as directed, then cool, stirring occasionally. Pour over ice cubes, top with a dollop of whipped cream, and sprinkle with cinnamon.

 

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I made it today ( First time) and it turned out good. Ah...and oh so wonderful in the cold weather.

When I was young my best friend's mom would make hot cocoa in a similar manner but way easier. She mixed the cocoa and sugar in the mug and made a paste by adding a bit of boiling water. Then she topped it all up with about 1/2 evaporated milk and 1/2 boiling water. For some reason the evaporated milk made it yummier. I never did quite get into the habit of buying hot chocolate mixes... What memories. sigh.

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