What a better way to start a cold day than with a cup of hot cocoa? Isabelle recently enjoyed some hot cocoa at a Maple Syrup festival and I thought I’d make her some from scratch. Hot cocoa for me is something to be enjoyed as a treat, so no reason to purchase instant powder or syrup full of additives, way too much sugar and not enough cocoa.  Here is the recipe I use!

20130329-095837.jpgIngredients (Makes four servings)

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (organic, fair trade preferred)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar (I find even 1/2 cup can be two sweet, but it’s a good starting point)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 4 cups milk (or 3 1/2 cups milk and 1/2 cup cream)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)



1. Put all the dry ingredients into a heavy saucepan. Whisk in the boiling water.  Keep whisking, and bring this mixture to a boil.  Simmer for 2 minutes continuing to stir.  Make sure it doesn’t burn or scorch!


2. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil.  You don’t want to boil this!

3. Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Divide between four mugs and add the remaining milk or cream to cool to drinking temperature



Written by Alfred Kee

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