Bunyan's Steaming Hot Cocoa

Bunyan's Steaming Hot Cocoa Recipe

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Paul Bushay


This is how I was taught to make cocoa by the chefs I worked for in St. Louis. It is by far the best cocoa I've ever had!


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vanilla bean
6 Tbsp
splenda blend
6 Tbsp
good quality unsweetened cocoa
1/2 c
6 c
1%, 2%, or whole milk (don't use skim, it's nasty)
1/8 tsp
good quality ground cinnamon

How to Make Bunyan's Steaming Hot Cocoa


  • 1Use a 3 or 4 quart heavy bottomed saucepan
  • 2Slice the vanilla bean open length wise & scrape out all the seeds with the tip of a paring knife
  • 3Put all of the seeds in the pan, and throw in the scraped bean as well
  • 4Add the water, splenda blend, cocoa, & cinnamon
  • 5Whisk with a wire whip to combine.
  • 6Heat to a boil over LOW heat, whisking frequently
  • 7As soon as it comes to a boil, add your milk and continue heating over LOW heat, whisking occasionally until the cocoa reaches 180 degrees. DON'T LET IT BOIL!
  • 8Take out the vanilla bean pod
  • 9Serve in warmed mugs with a dollop of whipped cream or mini marshmallows

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About Bunyan's Steaming Hot Cocoa

Course/Dish: Hot Drinks, Other Drinks
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: For Kids

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