It seems that as soon as the temperature begins to fall my children start requesting hot cocoa. This recipe never disappoints.
For years, I kept my pantry stocked with a variety of store-bought hot cocoa mixes, until one, snowed bound day, I found myself without. It was then I discovered how easy it is to make hot cocoa on my own.
The ingredient list could not be more simple, many you probably already have in your pantry.
I sometimes pack hot cocoa in a thermos and send it to school with my boys. Their favorite way to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa is next to a bowl of homemade popcorn as an after school snack during the winter months.
- Combine the cocoa, sugar, water, and salt in a medium saucepan.
- Over medium heat, stir constantly until the mixture boils. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute.
- Stir in the milk and heat, but do not boil.
- Remove from the heat and add vanilla; stir well. Serve immediately.
adapted from The Joy of Vegan Baking