It's old fashioned, it's comforting, it makes the kitchen smell wonderful and it's good for the soul.

Recipe Summary

prep:
2 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
7 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn't scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.

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Nutrition Facts

310 calories; protein 9.3g 19% DV; carbohydrates 52.8g 17% DV; fat 8.7g 13% DV; cholesterol 28.3mg 9% DV; sodium 102.1mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2005
This is sooo good! I too only added 1/2 c sugar. I never use half and half so I decided to use evaporated milk instead. I didn't want to waste the other 8 oz of evap milk so I just poured the 12 oz can into a 4 c measure and then filled with milk and heated it all. I didn't bother with adding some cold milk to the hot chocolate. Yum Yum just what I wanted on a cool morning thanks Jeanie Bean! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/12/2004
pretty good but very very sweet. next time i'll add less sugar and maybe use unsweetened chocolate pieces instead of the cocoa powder. Read More
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1455 Ratings
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  • 3 star values: 73
  • 2 star values: 22
  • 1 star values: 13
Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2005
This is sooo good! I too only added 1/2 c sugar. I never use half and half so I decided to use evaporated milk instead. I didn't want to waste the other 8 oz of evap milk so I just poured the 12 oz can into a 4 c measure and then filled with milk and heated it all. I didn't bother with adding some cold milk to the hot chocolate. Yum Yum just what I wanted on a cool morning thanks Jeanie Bean! Read More
(842)
Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2010
OMG - this is the best cocoa!!! I made it as the recipe stated and it was overly sweet for my taste. Then made it per the reviewers suggestions and it was much, much better! Definitely decrease the sugar to 1/2 cup; your blood sugar levels will thank you!!! Increased the vanilla to 1 teaspoon and a note of caution - DO NOT use cheap vanilla as you can taste the difference between good vanilla and the inexpensive type sold in the supermarket. You'll be glad you did... Thanks Jeanie for submitting this great recipe! Definitely a keeper!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2005
I am sipping this cocoa as I type this review. It is very very good! Much better than any crud you get in the packets you know that there aren't any dyes or anything artificial in this which is why I choose to hand-make our cocoa. I gave it a 5 star rating but it is very very sweet! And I have a sweet tooth! AND I only used 1/2 C sugar. I would definitey not use the 3/4 C it will be too sickening sweet. To make it less sweet you could either decrease the sugar amount further or add more hot water I suppose. Overall great alternative to the store bought "stuff". Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/13/2004
This cocoa was indeed creamy and tasty. Although my family found it entirely too sweet. The second time I made it I used a little less than 1/2 cup sugar and it was much better. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/17/2004
This recipe is from the Hershey's box with added sugar and half & half that's all. Ironically most cut the sugar to the same measurement as Hershey's. I must agree. I added 1/4 c of malted milk but will go with 1/2 c next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2005
Best hot chocolate I have made and I have made several listed on this site. I did reduce the sugar but then turned around and added some Starbuck's mint syrup which is sweet. Heavenly! So rich it tastes like melted candy bars. Very creamy! Mmmm.... Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/12/2004
pretty good but very very sweet. next time i'll add less sugar and maybe use unsweetened chocolate pieces instead of the cocoa powder. Read More
(68)
Rating: 4 stars
01/13/2004
WAAAAAYYYYYYY too sweet. But great flavor otherwise. I will definitely keep the recipe just cut the sugar by 1/2. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2005
Excellent and very easy. Read More
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