Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Hot Cocoa


Who's ready for some hot cocoa? Lately it has been FREEZING here, and nothing warms me up faster than a nice cup of hot cocoa. The little Swiss Miss packs are great in a pinch, but nothing beats homemade hot cocoa. It's so rich and creamy and delicious. Give it a try and surprise your kids or hubby or friends. They'll appreciate you, I promise. This recipe is how my mom always made it for us, but I'm pretty sure it's very close if not the same as what's on the back of the Hershey's cocoa box.

Hot Cocoa

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup white sugar
1 pinch salt
1/3 cup boiling water
3 1/2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn't scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla and half and half. Divide between 4 mugs.
Top with marshmellows or whipped cream. Enjoy!

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