There’s nothing more comforting than a cup of hot cocoa near the fireplace on a cold winter’s night (or day). And although we Texans don’t normally experience freezing temps, 2018 has made an exception for us. It is cold! My son informed me that on new year’s day, it was colder in Texas than it was in Alaska; a frigid overnight low of 15 degrees. What????
With that in mind, what better way to warm our hearts than with a cup of chocolately goodness? I’ve tried several different recipes and the simplest recipe is the one that wins my kids over every time.
Ingredients (makes 4 servings)
- 4 cups of milk (I use almond milk or 2% milk)
- 3 tablespoons of Hersey’s Cocoa Powder
- 1/2 cup of sugar (more or less to suit your taste)
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- a pinch (or two) of salt
- whip cream
- chocolate or caramel (or both) drizzle
- shredded coconut flakes
Mix the ingredients and begin to slow stir on a medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Continue stirring so the chocolate does not stick to the bottom of the pan. Reduced heat to low and allow to simmer for a few more minutes. Pour one-cup servings into each mug and top with marshmallows, whip cream, shredded coconut flakes and a chocolate or caramel drizzle for a little extra pizzazz. And there you have the most delicious cup of cocoa this side of heaven.