Hot Chocolate
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Serves: 5 cups
This makes about 5 cups of cocoa. You decide how many that serves! I also use a pretty minimum amount of sugar - I recommend starting there and adding a little more as you need. I've seen recipes that use up to four times as much as this, but it seems unnecessary to me.
  • ⅓ cup of half and half, heavy cream, or whole milk
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup of cocoa powder
  • 4 cups of milk (use whole, if you have it)
  • ½ -1 t of cinnamon (optional)
  • ¼ t of nutmeg (freshly grated, if you have it) (optional)
  • 1 t of vanilla
  • mini marshmallows, for serving (optional)
  • whipped cream, for serving (optional)
  1. Heat the ⅓ cup of half and half with brown sugar in a small sauce pan set over low heat. Heat and stir just until the sugar disolves
  2. Add cocoa powder and 4 cups of milk. Heat and stir with a whisk until just warm enough for drinking.
  3. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla just before serving.
  4. Add marshmallows and whipped cream at serving time.
Recipe by My Kitchen Clatter at