Are you tired of the bland flavor from powdered cocoa mixes?
It seems that as soon as the temperature begins to fall my children start requesting hot cocoa.
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.
To spice up your hot cocoa add in a cinnamon stick or pinch of cinnamon at step #2, or maybe a drop of peppermint extract to mimic the delicious peppermint hot cocoa from Starbucks.
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