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...? =^..^=


★★★★★ 2 votes

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


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

How to Make Classic Hot Chocolate


  • 1Mix cocoa powder, sugar, and salt in a saucepan with a large spoon.
  • 2Add about 3 Tablespoons of the milk to the dry ingredients.
  • 3Stir well to make a smooth paste.
  • 4Gradually whisk in remaining milk while cooking over low-medium heat. Do NOT boil. Stir often.
  • 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.

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About Classic Hot Chocolate

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

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