Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hot cocoa

It snowed over the weekend!  Yes, I'm only writing about it now.  In the meantime, I finished my Christmas shopping AND addressed my Christmas cards.  So I haven't been completely slacking off.  Anyway, it was a good excuse to cook up some hot cocoa on the stove...

Adapted from my mom, who uses what turns out to be the exact recipe on the side of a box of Hershey's cocoa powder.  A surprising number of our old family recipes come from packaging. 

Enough milk to fill 2 mugs (roughly 3 cups)
1/4 c. sugar (or more or less to taste)
1/4 c. cocoa powder (or more or less to taste)
1/4 c. water
dash salt
1/2 t. vanilla
dash cinnamon (if desired)

In small saucepan, stir together water, cocoa, sugar, and salt.  Bring to a boil for two minutes, stirring constantly.  Stir in milk; heat until hot enough to qualify as 'hot cocoa' (do not boil), stirring every minute or two.  Stir in vanilla and cinnamon; serve immediately.  Top with marshmallows if you have any.


  1. Yum! I made this recently also, when we put up the tree.

    Are you using your new camera? The close-up of the mug looks especially good.

  2. Recipes: Seek and ye shall find. Yes, it is off the side of the Hershey's box. You always loved it as a child. You forgot the marshmallows.

  3. Mary-- I had to look, but this was taken with the old camera. However, it was taken in the afternoon, so the light's good. I also prettied it up a little in Picasa.

    Mom-- I know! I have to start keeping marshmallows around.