Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Eve Hot Cocoa

Happy New Year!

If you are staying home tonight, like me, you might enjoy a nice cup of old-fashioned hot cocoa. I'm not a fan of the powdery packets of chocolate chemicals...I like creamy chocolate that warms me up. Cozy up to a movie and blanket tonight, and try some!

Old-Fashioned Creamy Hot Cocoa

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ cup white sugar
1 pinch salt
1/3 cup boiling water

3 ½ cups milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup half-and-half cream


Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about two minutes. Watch that it doesn't scorch. Stir in the 3 ½ cups milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla and cream. Divide into four mugs and add chocolate shavings and whipped cream if desired.