How to Make Homemade Hot Cocoa

It seems that as soon as the temperature begins to fall my children start requesting hot cocoa. This recipe never disappoints.

How to Make Homemade 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.

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How to Make Homemade Hot Cocoa
yields 5 cups
Cuisine: Snacks
  1. Combine the cocoa, sugar, water, and salt in a medium saucepan.
  2. Over medium heat, stir constantly until the mixture boils. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in the milk and heat, but do not boil.
  4. Remove from the heat and add vanilla; stir well. Serve immediately.
**I've used both vanilla soymilk as well as almond milk to make this and both are delicious!**

adapted from The Joy of Vegan Baking


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About Alison Bickel

Alison lives in the heart of the mid-west where, along with her husband, they raise their three boys. Whether it’s in the garden, the kitchen or tagging along on her boys’ latest adventure she looks for the simple beauty in everyday from behind her lens. On her blog, ‘this homemade life’ Alison shares tales of mothering, her passion for homemade food and obsession with farmer’s markets.