Hot Cocoa

Who knew this was a recipe?

I make this without thinking about it. So far during this cold weather season we have had it approximately 3.4 million times. I exaggerate but seriously at least twice a week.

Easy adaptable homemade cocoa!

It feels dumb to even share it as a recipe because this is one of the many throw-things-in-the-pan “recipes” I have. Nathan insists I share these with you though, and considering the cold temperatures and the versatility of this recipe, I figure it is high time I share it with you.

No additives. No artificial ingredients I can’t pronounce. Just sugar and cocoa. And then whatever little version of happiness you add to it. This particular “recipe” has been graced with almost everything in our liquor cabinet. I am not an orange and chocolate person so triple sec might be the one party spared.

Easy adaptable homemade cocoa!


Frangelico, Bailey’s, vodka (vanilla or otherwise), peppermint Schnapps, whiskey, brandy…. all of it. I don’t recommend them all at the same time but one generous splash from any of them elevates this from a kid’s post-snow play snack to mommy’s wind-down treat at bedtime.

Often, though, I am just a little kid at heart and I pack my mug halfway full of marshmallows and pour the steaming deliciousness over it, thereby melting them and making it a sickeningly sweet mess. Yum.

Easy adaptable homemade cocoa!

I tend to not make my cocoa very sweet and leave the sweetening up to my additions. Try stirring in a candy cane. Bliss.

Oh. And while I am absolute sucker for store bought mini marshmallows…. there is nothing quite like homemade marshmallows. Trust me on this one. (Recipe coming, I promise.)

Easy adaptable homemade cocoa!

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Hot Cocoa (makes as many as you want)

Per serving:

1 cup milk of your choosing
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 tablespoon sugar (or more to taste)
1 tiny pinch of salt
1 little splash of vanilla extract

Additives of your choice: Peppermint Schnapps, peppermint extract, instant coffee powder, Bailey’s, Frangelico, vanilla vodka, etc. etc. Let your imagination run wild.

Add the milk to a sauce pan over medium high heat. Add the cocoa powder and sugar and whisk to combine. Once hot (steaming) remove from heat and add the splash of vanilla extract. Serve immediately with a candy cane or marshmallows or whipped cream.

Easy adaptable homemade cocoa!

3 thoughts on “Hot Cocoa”

  1. Do you ever make this as a dry mix ahead of time? As in more than one serving at a time for say camping or for the lazy like myself that might not want to measure my cocoa everytime? 🙂 if so, what would you recommend for salt ratio and for adding vanilla ahead of time?

    1. Hannah I have not but I’m sure you could. I would say it is probably 1/8 tsp of salt per 3-4 servings. For vanilla I would maybe make vanilla sugar (sugar + vanilla bean pod + time) and use that in place of the regular sugar.

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