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classic hot chocolate

(2 ratings)
Recipe by
Fran Miller
Parkersburg, WV

...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...? =^..^=

(2 ratings)
yield 4 -6, depending on serving size
prep time 5 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For classic hot chocolate

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

How To Make classic hot chocolate

  • 1
    Mix cocoa powder, sugar, and salt in a saucepan with a large spoon.
  • 2
    Add about 3 Tablespoons of the milk to the dry ingredients.
  • 3
    Stir well to make a smooth paste.
  • 4
    Gradually whisk in remaining milk while cooking over low-medium heat. Do NOT boil. Stir often.
  • 5
    When the hot chocolate is at the desired temperature, pour into mugs. Top with marshmallows or whipped cream. A candy cane makes a tasty stirrer.
  • 6
    In 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.