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The other day on Facebook I had shared an article from Mother Nature Network titled 7 Health Benefits of Drinking Hot Cocoa. Fans and I agree that we certainly don’t need to be told twice that drinking hot chocolate is a good idea. There are some days I put in that little extra effort when I make a cup. A bit of homemade whipped cream, a dash of cinnamon, and some shredded chocolate bits make for a heavenly cup of liquid chocolate. Someone just grab me an afghan, a book, and my cat and I am good-to-go.
Being a savvy (and frugal) girl, I knew making hot chocolate myself was something I could figure out. Turns out the basic recipe for hot chocolate mix is quite easy. The difficulty is sampling cup after cup after cup in the name of perfecting the recipe. Don’t worry, I did all the hard work for you.
Hot Chocolate Recipe
- 4 c. Milk (or milk substitute)
- 1/2 c. Sugar
- 1/3 c. Water
- 1/4 c. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 1/8 tsp. Salt
- Mix cocoa powder, sugar and salt in a medium sauce pan.
- Add water and put sauce pan on medium heat.
- Stir constantly until chocolate mixture comes to a boil. Continue boiling for 1 minute.
- Stir in milk and heat until it reaches the desired temperature (do not boil!).
- Remove from heat and add vanilla extract.
Homemade Hot Chocolate Toppings
As I said, I love whipped cream on my cocoa with some chocolate shavings sprinkled on top. There are so many ways to dress up your hot chocolate. Here are a few ideas for you:
- Homestead Lady has a finger lickin’ good recipe for homemade marshmallows.
- Brown Eyed Baker offers the ins and outs of homemade whipped cream.
- If you want to take a walk on the wild side, Poet in the Pantry is tackling homemade candy canes, which are great swirled in cocoa.
- Need a bit more sweetness? How about this homemade salted caramel sauce from Averie Cooks.
Now, because I care about the blood flow and oxygen going to your brain, and your ability to think clearly, I insist you stop what you’re doing and go make a cup of cocoa. Maybe pair it with some chocolate pudding pie. Trust me, you’ll thank me.
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