The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa

I’m a hot cocoa snob. (This probably won’t come as much of a surprise.) I don’t bother with most store bought hot cocoa mixes because they don’t hold a candle to homemade hot cocoa. This quick recipe, though, does not disappoint especially with homemade whipped cream or homemade marshmallows!

The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa

Homemade Marshmallows

The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa
(Serves three.)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
Pinch salt
3 cups milk (I won’t judge you if you substitute half and half!)
Semi-sweet baking chocolate bar for shaving
Freshly whipped cream, recipe follows

1) Whisk together first four ingredients. In a medium sauce pan, heat milk (or half and half if you’re feeling decadent) until steaming but not boiling. This should only take a few minutes. Whisk in cocoa mixture.

2) Remove from heat. Carefully pour into mugs. Top with freshly whipped cream. Use a vegetable peeler to top with shaved chocolate.  Enjoy!

Pro Tip: Double or triple the first four ingredients and keep in a jar in your pantry. Just add a couple tablespoons to heated milk and enjoy! This would also make a great holiday gift.

Freshly Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup powder sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract 

1) Beat whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla until soft peaks form.

Tip: Add ground cinnamon to taste if you really want to get fancy! Just a shake or two does the trick.

Stay warm,

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