Hot cocoa is one of those scrumptious drinks that brings us back to happy childhood memories. Most recipes for this hot drink combine milk with sugar and cocoa powder, with a few additional items added here and there. Or, you can buy premade cocoa mixes.
Forget cocoa mixes. Make your own! While browsing through one of my old cookbooks, I found a recipe for cocoa that looks different than other cocoa recipe that I have seen before. I hope you enjoy this.
Summary: This cocoa recipe is perfect for a chilly or snowy day.
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons cold water
- 1 cup milk
- 1 pinch salt
- 2-3 drops vanilla extract
- Combine the cocoa, sugar, and water in a pot.
- Cook mixture on medium-high heat.
- Add salt after it heats up.
- Scald the milk in a separate pot, then add to the first mixture.
- Add vanilla and mix well.
You can add a dollop of whipped cream or marshmallows to your cocoa.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 1
Meal type: drink
Cocoa is something we take for granted today, but cocoa seeds (commonly known today as cocoa beans) were once used as a form of currency by the ancient Aztecs. That speaks highly to the value that was placed on these chocolatey beans. I am very grateful that today all I have to do is run to the store and pick up a container of cocoa powder, and that I can enjoy hot cocoa whenever the urge strikes.