Creamy Hot Cocoa
A homemade Hot Cocoa recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth and sooth your soul! You'll be surprised at how easy it is to make a cup of homemade hot cocoa.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup boiling water
- dash of salt
- 3 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup half and half (or evaporated milk)
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine the cocoa and sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
Add a dash of salt and the boiling water. Bring the mixture to a slow boil, stirring continuously.
Once boiling, turn down to a simmer and stir continually for 2 minutes.
Stir in milk and heat until very hot, but not boiling!
Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs.
Add the half & half to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.
Top with whipped cream if desired!
To store. Store hot cocoa covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat slowly to avoid boiling.
To make ahead: This recipe is best made fresh (it's so fast too), but hot cocoa can be made 2-3 days ahead of time. Reheat hot cocoa slowly on the stovetop to avoid boiling it as it will cause the half and half to separate.
Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 413mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 785IU | Calcium: 270mg | Iron: 1.1mg