Hot Cocoa

I love hot cocoa. I mean, really love it. But I feel like a lot of people are willing to count any warm brown liquid off as the real deal. It’s disappointing to me, when I’m shivering around a camp fire to watch someone tear open a pack of Swiss Miss. The powdered stuff just doesn’t have real cocoa flavor. It’s all the sadder because great cocoa is only 1 extra step.

Hot Cocoa

A super easy recipe for hot cocoa with deep, rich chocolate flavor
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time12 minutes
Course: drink
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Moose


  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder. I like to use a mixture of regular and dutch process cocoa
  • 1/3-1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt


  • Combine the sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and water in a sauce pan.
  • Stir over high heat until the mixture begins to boil. Stir to dissolve all the sugar and break up lumps in the cocoa.
  • Add milk, reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring frequently, until the temperature reaches ~135F.
  • Serve with marshmallows.

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