Easy Hot Cocoa perfect for cold winter days…

We recently started experimenting with making our own homemade hot cocoa.  We love hot winter drinks, like hot apple cider and hot cocoa or hot chocolate….but the hot chocolate in the packets is filled with too much refined sugar to be any good.  We discovered that you can make wonderful…even better tasting hot cocoa with milk and pure cocoa and a bit of sweetener. 
We poured about a half-gallon of raw milk into a sauce pan and turned the burner on warm.  I add 1  to 2 tablespoons of cocoa and 4 tablespoons of turbinado sugar.  You can adjust the sweetness to your liking.  Do not let it boil or become too hot or the milk will leave a film on the top.
You can also whip cream in the blender on low until it thickens just enough to make peaks. (Do not blend the cream too long or you will end up making butter;-)  Add a dollop to each cup of hot cocoa—it melts fast and looks like you put butter into your cup anyway. 


  • scain says:

    I make our own “instant cocoa”. In a double boiler combine approximately 2 cups cocoa, between 1/2 and 2/3 cup honey and a TBS or so of light corn syrup (you could substiute demara or white sugar- but don’t omit this, without two kinds of sugars it will seize up and get granular and crumbly) and a speck of salt. (you can also add vanilla, or mint extract) Cook it until its a smooth combined paste. I keep it in a canning jar, add a heaping spoon to a cup of hot milk.

  • BethTN says:

    great tips on the cocoa— thanks for sharing this recipe….