classic hot chocolate

★★★★★ 2
a 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
serves 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.