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Hot Cocoa

Published October 11, 2007        by Nicole

  • 3 1/4 cups 2% low-fat milk, divided
  • 6 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch-processed
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half or light cream

Recommendation: Use Dutch-processed cocoa powder, which has a milder flavor than regular unsweetened cocoa powder.

  1. In a 1-quart microwave safe pitcher, heat up 1/2 cup of milk 1 minute.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder and sugar. Add to the hot milk, stirring with a long spoon until mixture is smooth and syrupy. If lumps form, whisk to break them up.
  3. Add the vanilla and half-and-half or light cream. Fill the rest of the pitcher with milk, stir, and heat in the microwave 2 minutes. Remove and stir, and then heat another minute, or until almost steaming.

You'll love making personalized drink mix favors like this!