Tasty Treat Tuesday: Homemade Hot Chocolate

Anyone else in the mood for some good old-fashioned hot chocolate?  It has been cold here for a couple days now and I want nothing more than to snuggle under a blanket with a warm cup of cocoa.  This is a recipe my husband and I have been using for years.

Here is what you need to make this creamy hot chocolate:

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • flavored coffee creamer to taste

Here is how to make it:

  • Combine the water, cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan.  Bring this mixture to a slow boil, stirring constantly.
  • Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil!
  •  Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  • Divide between 4 mugs and add flavored creamer as desired. (We love pumpkin spice and mint.)
  • As an extra special treat, you can top it off with whipped cream or marshmallows.


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