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Homemade Hot Cocoa with Whipped Cream

It's so simple and delicious without the preservatives and extra chemicals.

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa.  I like the unprocessed cacao, but either one is fine. 
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar cane or granulated sugar *
  • 1 pinch of salt (about 1/8 of a teaspoon)
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 3 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of REAL vanilla extract*
  • 1/2 cup half and half, however, I like to use organic evaporated milk.  Either one is good. 
  • You can sprinkled some cinnamon too, but that's optional.  My daughter loves it this way, my sons, not so much. 
*The person who gave me this recipe told me to put 3/4 cup of sugar.  That was way too sweet for us, so we cut it down to 1/2 cup of sugar.  However, since we are not big on a sugar high, we have chipped away at this serving as well, and make it with a little under 1/2 cup.  So taste and see...
Ha, if you are Catholic, you are probably now humming or singing "Taste and see, the goodness of the Lord," 

*When my mommy was over she made this with real vanilla bean and it was to die for! 

  1. Boil water
  2. Combine the cocoa, sugar, and pinch of salt and put into the boiling water.  Stir until well incorporate.  If water starts to dry up, put more*
  3. Simmer and continue to stir for about 2 minutes.  Make sure it doesn't scorch - that'll give you bad burned tasting cocoa ;)
  4. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until hot, but do not boil.
  5. Remove from heat. 
  6. Add vanilla.
  7. Divide between 4 or 5 mugs (depending on size).  
  8. Add the half and half or evaporated milk to the mugs of cocoa.
  9. Finish off with a dallop of homemade whipped cream! *
* At the end of Directions #2 you can cool off and put in a container.  Now every time you want hot cocoa you can microwave a mug or milk with a little vanilla and put some of your cocoa mix into it.  Finish off with half and half/evaporated milk and whipped cream OR you can just have it with whipped cream OR just have it alone.  You may want to triple the recipe to have on hand.  

*Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe to Follow on a New Post...

*If you are used to the packaged stuff this will not taste like that.  This is creamy real hot cocoa.  Very delicious, but different. 


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