Classic Hot Chocolate

Fran Miller


...or Classic Cocoa, depending on your location. Mom always made this for us kids as we were growing up, but it was always a bit powdery. Of all people, my brother, Jake, came home from a cooking class & told us about making the paste, then adding the milk. No more powder! Now why didn't I think of that...? =^..^=

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4-6, depending on serving size
5 Min
10 Min
Stove Top


1/4 c
cocoa powder, unsweetened
1/2 c
white sugar
of salt
4 c
marshmallows, whipped cream, or candy cane stirrers, all optional


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1Mix cocoa powder, sugar, and salt in a saucepan with a large spoon.

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2Add about 3 Tablespoons of the milk to the dry ingredients.

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3Stir well to make a smooth paste.

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4Gradually whisk in remaining milk while cooking over low-medium heat. Do NOT boil. Stir often.

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5When the hot chocolate is at the desired temperature, pour into mugs. Top with marshmallows or whipped cream. A candy cane makes a tasty stirrer.

6In a rush? Here's a shortcut. Mix up the cocoa as directed above, but in a microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl. Microwave for about 5 minutes TOTAL, stirring every 2 minutes, then checking during the final time to make sure cocoa is hot but not boiling.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Hot Drinks
Main Ingredient: Coffee/Tea/Beverage
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtag: #cocoa