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Basic Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Hot Chocolate

A Basic Hot Chocolate

Photo and Recipe: Diana Rattray
Hot chocolate is the perfect comforting drink on a cold winter day! Top this warming drink with marshmallows, whipped cream, or marshmallow creme or fluff.

Yield: Serves 4


  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup sugar (a little more if you like it quite sweet)
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup light cream or half-and-half, optional
  • whipped cream, marshmallow creme or fluff, or mini marshmallows, for topping


In a saucepan, combine the cocoa and sugar. Stir in the boiling water and cook, stirring, until simmering. Simmer for about 1 minute, or until sugar is dissolved. Add the milk and vanilla and continue heating until it just comes to a simmer. If desired, add the cream or half-and-half. Pour into mugs and top as desired.

Serves 4.

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 5 out of 5
Basic Hot Chocolate, Member Deadbride98

I thought it was wounderful and i added just a lil bit of cinamian and it is great. This i will give to people to try and have them share what wounderful hot coco this is.

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