Hot Cocoa (many ways and many tastes)

Total Time
17mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 mins

These hot drinks are a favorite at my house. We love them year round but especially during the cold holiday time. This is just another favorite recipe of mine from Hershey's. :)

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In medium saucepan, stir together sugar, cocoa and salt; stir in water.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil.
  3. Boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Add milk; heat to serving temperature, stirring constantly.
  5. DO NOT BOIL.
  6. Remove from heat; add vanilla.
  7. Beat with rotary beater or whisk until foamy.
  8. Serve topped with marshmallows or sweetened whipped cream if desired.
  9. Spiced cocoa: Add 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg with vanilla.
  10. Serve with a cinnamon stick, if desired.
  11. Mint Cocoa: Add 1/2 teaspoon mint extract or 3 Tablespoons crushed hard peppermint candy or 2 to 3 Tablespoons white creme de menthe with vanilla.
  12. Serve with peppermint candy stick, if desired.
  13. Citrus Cocoa: Add 1/2 teaspoon orange extract or 2 to 3 Tablespoons orange liquer with vanilla.
  14. Swiss Mocha: Add 2 to 2 1/2 teaspoons powdered instant coffee with vanilla.
  15. Canadian Cocoa: Add 1/2 teaspoon maple extract with vanilla.
  16. Cocoa Au Lait: Omit marshmallows or sweetened whipped cream.
  17. Spoon 2 Tablespoons softened vanilla ice cream on top of each cup of cocoa at serving time.
  18. Slim-Trim Cocoa: Omit sugar.
  19. Substitute skim milk for milk.
  20. Proceed as above.
  21. Stir in sugar substitute with sweetening equivalence of 1/2 sugar with vanilla.
  22. Quick Microwave Cocoa: To make one serving, in microwave safe cup or mug, combine 1 heaping teaspoon Hershey's Cocoa, 2 heaping spoons sugar and dash of salt.
  23. Add 2 teaspoons cold milk; stir until smooth.
  24. Fill cup with milk.
  25. Microwave on HIGH (100%) 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until hot.
  26. Stir to blend.

Reviews

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Just wonderful! We had an unusual early March snow, and I wanted a cocoa made on the stovetop like my mom used to. This fit the bill wonderfully!! I followed the basic recipe exactly, except I didn't have any marshmallows or whipped cream to top it!. I used skim milk, and the cocoa was creamy & velvety. This will be my go-to recipe.

newspapergal March 10, 2008

Excellent--I added espresso powder and doubled recipe. I kept in a Themos coffee pump and it was enjoyed by all!

Shabby Sign Shoppe December 24, 2007

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