Homestyle Hot Cocoa


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!

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
4 cups


  • ½ cup white sugar

  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 pinch salt

  • cup boiling water

  • 3 cups milk

  • 1 cup half-and-half, divided

  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 8 large marshmallows


  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.

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
12g Fat
52g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 332
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 152mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 42g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 289mg 22%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 465mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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