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Homestyle Hot Cocoa

Rated as 4.8 out of 5 Stars
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"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!"
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Ingredients

10 m servings 332
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 cups)

Directions

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  1. Whisk together sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt in a saucepan; stir in boiling water. Whisk until sugar is dissolved.
  2. 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.
  3. Divide cocoa into mugs, top with marshmallows, and serve.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • Ground cinnamon may also be omitted in place of a whole cinnamon stick, used to garnish.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 332 calories; 11.6 51.9 9.5 37 152 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

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.

Most helpful critical review

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 chocolate...

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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.

yum! I didnt have any half n half so i just used more milk, tastes great

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 choco...

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!

The best hot chocolate on the planet! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe.

Wonderful! I even used 1% milk and no-fat half and half. Will definitely make many times more.

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.

I skipped the half n half and used a bit more cinnamon. Yum!

I've been trying a different hot cocoa every week. This one achieves a rich chocolate flavor with just cocoa, not chocolate, which is nice. It is important to up the cocoa to 1/2 a cup. Mixing t...