Santa's Special Hot Cocoa

Jennifer Smith Recipe

By Jennifer Smith JSmith1966

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I like to serve this with Candy canes in the mugs!

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This is the quintessential "foundation" recipe for the perfect cup of hot cocoa. Add extracts, liqueurs or candies to build on the terrific cocoa flavor... or sip it as-is! A delicious treat for a cool evening.


2 Tbsp
3 Tbsp
1/4 c
hot water
1 1/2 c
of tiny marshmallows (optional)

Directions Step-By-Step

Pour cocoa and sugar into a saucepan and slowly add hot water. Stir until ingredients are blended together. Bring mixture to a boil. Boil over medium heat about 2 mins. stirring constantly. Reduce heat and add milk stirring occasionally until mixture is heated thoroughly. DO NOT BOIL. Remove from heat and stir well. Pour into mugs and add marshmallows if using. Enjoy and wait for Santa!

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American
Collection: Festive Feasts
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids

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Sandi Faist sandif
Sep 15, 2010
Thank you for this easy recipe - just what I wanted, easy and good.
Kitchen Crew JustaPinch
Oct 19, 2010
Janet awarded this recipe a Blue Ribbon!

This is the quintessential "foundation" recipe for the perfect cup of hot cocoa. Add extracts, liqueurs or candies to build on the terrific cocoa flavor... or sip it as-is! A delicious treat for a cool evening.
annie Melton Joeslady
Nov 5, 2010
I will be sure to share this recipe with my sister-in-law.We have been exchanging recipes for years.she is always glad to hear of a new recipe that I might have found.I am really glad to have found just a pinch.Recipe heaven!
Kay Lott all4ukid
Nov 5, 2010
I love hot choc. Thz for posting this..I'm with you Annie on the Receipe heaven...I just look & look..
Marilyn Osborne alaMO
Nov 6, 2010
This is just the way I remember my mother making it! Super easy and the ultimate for choco-holic me! Sometimes, I add a cinnamon-stick.
Robin DuPree robdupree
Dec 7, 2010
Congratulations on the blue ribbon and front page cover..
Diane Eldridge Dianeintn
Dec 7, 2010
jus what i made for hubby last week but i used splenda blead.. and i used way to much.... was soooooooooooo sweet so next time i used 1/2 the splenda and it was great...........ty for sharing this
Jane Whittaker janenov46
Dec 8, 2010
Congradulations on your blue ribbon, and that looks just wonderful for this time of year.
Brenda-Lee Barajas Moxie50
Dec 10, 2010
Jen i just want to say I made this and LOVE it. OMG. I think I died and went to I made this In my Hot choc. maker. It came out perfect. Wonderfull flavor. I will Never ever buy store bought again. Its so creamy and flavorable. I took hot water from tap and disolve the cocoa then added every thing to hot mixer. They work great if no one ever used one. Thanks again.((((Hugs)))))
Michele Williamson Kajuncooker
Dec 12, 2010
Will try this tonight with whipped cream and soft peppermint stick (my fav).
Michele Williamson Kajuncooker
Dec 12, 2010
Tried it tonight. Made it with Splenda. It was yummy.
Debe Z Badgerfanzz
Dec 13, 2010
This sounds delightful it is -15 wind chill in Wisconsin right now ... this will help!
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Melody Jackson texasruby
Nov 5, 2011
Thank you for this dlish cocoa, also wonderful with cinn. sprinkled on top yummy.
Brenda-Lee Barajas Moxie50
Nov 6, 2011
Hello Jen .. I just want to say congrats on your blue ribbon.. You sooooo deserve it. I commented way before you got blue ribbon.. I use this all the time . I call this the 1-2-3- hot choc. That way i remeber the recipe... 1 1/2====2 tab. cocoa ===== 3 tab. sugar... I know i never forget the happy for you... soooo much better than any hot choc. I EVER had...