Mmmmm, Hot Cocoa
On cold, rainy mornings like today, we always find ourselves craving a steaming cup of hot cocoa. And by hot cocoa, we don’t mean the powdery packaged crap – we mean the REAL goods. Follow our simple recipe below, and you will be pleasantly surprised to discover how easy it is to make from scratch. Sorry, Swiss Miss.
4 cups milk (whichever type you prefer)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
4 ounces semisweet (or bittersweet) chocolate, chopped
1 pinch salt
Bring milk, cocoa powder and sugar to simmer in heavy large
saucepan over medium-high heat, whisking frequently.
Add chocolate; whisk until melted and smooth.
Add salt; bring to simmer, whisking constantly until frothy.
Ladle into 4 mugs.
Sprinkle with marshmallows and/or top with whipped cream.
If you want to get creative, some of our favorite variations
include sprinkling with cinnamon (and/or nutmeg and ginger), adding an
old-school cinnamon stick or two, topping with mini chocolate chips,
or drizzling with chocolate sauce (drool).
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 16 minute
Notes: If you want to make it thicker, add 1tbsp of cornstarch. To make it taste richer, add 2 tsp of vanilla extract. If you want to down it down and make it less rich (we can’t understand why, but okay), use skim milk, bittersweet chocolate instead of semi-sweet, and reduce the amount of sugar (to taste).
Mar 27, 2011 - 02:00 PM