Perfect Hot Cocoa
  • Perfect Hot Cocoa

    Although it may be the only form of hot cocoa known to some individuals, the perfect cup of hot cocoa does not come from a paper package containing a small amount of chocolate powder mixed with a lot of sugar and assorted unidentifiable ingredients to which six ounces of hot water is added. The best cup of hot cocoa is carefully made and the rich flavors savored.

    Hot cocoa is not boring

    While some adults may look back on chilly winter nights when mother served up hot cocoa, it may have always been from the same recipe. It was probably very similar to the recipe for hot cocoa served in most other households. Today, the perfect cup of hot cocoa does not have to be boring. It should be appreciated and savored. A variety of recipes and options can make hot cocoa the perfect pampering treat.

    Creamy hot cocoa is very comforting

    When making perfect creamy hot cocoa, think comfort and richness in a favorite mug. This recipe, which serves 4, has been deemed “good for the soul.”

    Ingredients –

    1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

    ¾ cup sugar

    Pinch salt

    1/3 cup boiling water

    3 ½ cups milk

    ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract

    ½ cup half-and-half cream

    To make –

    Begin by combining the cocoa, sugar and salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring to easy boil while stirring. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes, being careful that the mixture does not scorch. Stir in the 3 ½ cups milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil. Remove from heat. Add vanilla. Divide between four mugs. Add the cream to each of the mugs.

    Another comforting creamy hot cocoa recipe is a favorite mix that can easily be put in a jar with a tight lid and a pretty bow added for a perfect Christmas gift. It is very quick and easy to make and has had rave reviews. CDKitchen offers the nutritional value, and even offers Weight Watcher points and diabetic exchange so nearly everyone can enjoy this perfectly creamy hot cocoa.

    Ingredients –

    2 cups instant non-fat dry milk powder

    ¾ cup sugar

    ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 cup miniature marshmallows

    To make –

    Stir all ingredients together and store in tightly covered jar or container until ready to use. To make a cup of this delicious creamy hot cocoa, put 2-3 heaping teaspoons of the mix in a mug and fill with boiling water. For creamier texture use milk in place of all or part of the boiling water. If desired, top with whipped cream for added delight.

    Add a twist to the perfect cup of hot cocoa

    Whether to impress the kids, guests or to just treat yourself, adding a little “something extra” can make that hot cocoa even more comforting and perfect. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is to add the delicious taste of peppermint to hot cocoa. Just a few sprinkles of crushed candy cane on top of the whipped crème may be ideal or you may wish to make your own candy cane hot cocoa recipe.

    Ingredients –

    4 cups milk

    3 (1 ounce) squares semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

    4 peppermint candy canes, crushed

    1 cup whipped crème

    4 small candy canes

    To make –

    In a saucepan, heat milk until hot, but not boiling. Whisk in the chocolate and the crushed candy canes until melted and smooth. Pour hot cocoa into 4 mugs. Garnish with whipped crème and a small candy cane stirring stick.

    For an especially comforting hot drink to serve to guests, to the family when decorating the tree or to just pamper yourself, a steaming cup of hot cocoa is a great option. When you know how to make the perfect cup of hot cocoa, it is even more enjoyable.