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Perfect Hot Cocoa Recipe

This Perfect Hot Cocoa Recipe is a great way to share some love this winter! With just a few basic ingredients you can have a sweet cup of perfect hot chocolate ready in minutes! 

two cups of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream

The Best Hot Cocoa Recipe

During the winter months it is great to have a quick go-to hot chocolate recipe. I originally used the Hershey’s version and have slowly adapted it to fit our tastes.It is simple, quick, and easy.

Most (if not all) of the ingredients should already be found in your pantry which means YOU can make this TODAY. No need to run to the store. Just pop into the kitchen and take five minutes to get this started.

top down shot of hot cocoa

Perfect Hot Cocoa Ingredients:

  • Cocoa Powder- Unsweetened cocoa powder can be found in the baking aisle of your grocery store!
  • Sugar- Granulated sugar (the white one) is what works best in this drink recipe. 
  • Water- Regular ol’ H2O.
  • Milk- Whole milk is ideal for a creamy hot chocolate recipe but you could also use a lower fat variety. 
  • Vanilla Extract- Use pure vanilla extract, not imitation.
  • Marshmallows or whipped cream- Technically this ingredient is optional, but I highly recommend adding it to your cup! 

If you are feeling extra adventurous you could whip up some homemade marshmallows. They are surprisingly simple to make and add the perfect finishing touch. 

Speaking of homemade marshmallows, if you are still on the hunt for a quick neighbor gift look no further! Start by making a batch of marshmallows. Instead of cutting them in the classic square shape use a holiday cookie cutter (think star or gingerbread man). Place one of those with the DRY ingredients of this recipe into a cute bag, jot down the recipe on a card, and voila! One festively adorable holiday gift. You will have people over the moon excited for this homemade classic.

How to make hot chocolate from scratch:

  1. Stir together the cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and water in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil and stir in the milk. Heat until just warm enough to enjoy. Remove from the heat and stir in your vanilla extract.
  3. Divide between 4 cups and serve with marshmallows or whipped cream if desired.
two glasses of cocoa in white cups

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Perfect Hot Cocoa

Perfect Hot Cocoa

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Perfect Hot Cocoa Recipe is a great way to share some love this winter! With just a few basic ingredients you can have a sweet cup of perfect hot chocolate ready in minutes! 

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Stir together the cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and water in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil and stir in the milk. Heat until just warm enough to enjoy. Remove from the heat and stir in your vanilla extract.
  3. Divide between 4 cups and serve with marshmallows or whipped cream if desired.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 162mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 10g

Calories calculated are a rough estimate and calculated with a third party app.

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