Growing up in snowy Canadian winters, my mom would always make my brothers and me hot cocoa after a night of tobogganing. When I got older - and had long since abandoned real cocoa for the instant variety - I had a craving one night for a more wholesome treat. Here's my recipe for a creamier, homestyle cup of cocoa. Perfect for those snowy winter nights!

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 cups
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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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  • Whisk together sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt in a saucepan; stir in boiling water. Whisk until sugar is dissolved.

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  • Bring cocoa mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes; stir milk and 1/2 cup half-and-half into water mixture. Cook and stir just until hot, about 2 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in remaining half-and-half and vanilla extract.

  • Divide cocoa into mugs, top with marshmallows, and serve.

Cook's Note:

Ground cinnamon may also be omitted in place of a whole cinnamon stick, used to garnish.

Nutrition Facts

332 calories; protein 9.5g 19% DV; carbohydrates 51.9g 17% DV; fat 11.6g 18% DV; cholesterol 37mg 12% DV; sodium 152.3mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2013
I followed the recipe exact, only omitting the cinnamon. Delicious hot chocolate recipe but it could use a little more chocolate, in my opinion. Very creamy. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/28/2017
I didn't have half-and-half or straight cream so I decided to skip it. Depending on how chocolatey you like your cocoa from my personal opinion I think it was very chocolatey. I love chocolatey hot cocoa but this one was a little off it could have been from me skipping the half-and-half. To make it not so chocolatey I put 3 tablespoons of water(in my one helping) and 5 tablespoons of whipped cream. It helped but not as much because it tasted like watered down hot cocoa. I personaly would not make this again. One of my favorite recipes for hot cocoa is Classic Hot Chocolate from Food Network; Yeilds: 4-6 servings Ingredients: 3 cups milk 1 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 pinch Kosher salt 6 ounces milk chocolate chopped 1 tsp pure vanilla extract Marshmallows or whipped cream for topping Directions: 1. Combine milk heavy cream sugar cocoa powder and salt in a medium saucepan. 2. Cook over medium heat whisking occasionally until the sugar and cocoa powder dissolve and the milk is steaming; do not boil. 3. Whisk in half of the chopped chocolate until melted then whisk in the remaining chocolate until smooth. 4. Remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla. 5. Pour into mugs top with marshmallows or whipped cream and enjoy! Read More
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87 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 73
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2013
I followed the recipe exact, only omitting the cinnamon. Delicious hot chocolate recipe but it could use a little more chocolate, in my opinion. Very creamy. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2013
I tripled this recipe & used skim milk with the half and half. I slightly decreased the milk after reading other reviews. I also added a bit more cocoa. I did add about a 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips when adding the milk & half and half. The dark chocolate chips melted into the mixture as I was stirring and they gave the hot chocolate a rich chocolate flavor. I can't wait to share a cup of cocoa with my husband who has been out plowing snow on this frigid December day. Thanks Katherine-Ann! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2013
yum! I didnt have any half n half so i just used more milk tastes great Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2013
This is most definitely a 5 star recipe. The chocolate sauce is very rich and the addition of cinnamon and vanilla make this recipe a keeper. I highly recommend it! Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2013
I made this recipe to spec. I am incredibly picky on hot chocolate. This is a two thumbs up recipe. A new favorite for my recipr book. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2015
The best hot chocolate on the planet! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2013
Wonderful! I even used 1% milk and no-fat half and half. Will definitely make many times more. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2016
Tastes! The family loved it! The perfect end to a cold day! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2017
I skipped the half n half and used a bit more cinnamon. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/28/2017
I didn't have half-and-half or straight cream so I decided to skip it. Depending on how chocolatey you like your cocoa from my personal opinion I think it was very chocolatey. I love chocolatey hot cocoa but this one was a little off it could have been from me skipping the half-and-half. To make it not so chocolatey I put 3 tablespoons of water(in my one helping) and 5 tablespoons of whipped cream. It helped but not as much because it tasted like watered down hot cocoa. I personaly would not make this again. One of my favorite recipes for hot cocoa is Classic Hot Chocolate from Food Network; Yeilds: 4-6 servings Ingredients: 3 cups milk 1 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 pinch Kosher salt 6 ounces milk chocolate chopped 1 tsp pure vanilla extract Marshmallows or whipped cream for topping Directions: 1. Combine milk heavy cream sugar cocoa powder and salt in a medium saucepan. 2. Cook over medium heat whisking occasionally until the sugar and cocoa powder dissolve and the milk is steaming; do not boil. 3. Whisk in half of the chopped chocolate until melted then whisk in the remaining chocolate until smooth. 4. Remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla. 5. Pour into mugs top with marshmallows or whipped cream and enjoy! Read More
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