Real Hot Chocolate
With the beginning of winter and snow in the forecast I’m conjuring up ideas like a cozy fire in the fireplace, flannel pajamas and a really good cup of hot chocolate.
But it just took one glance at the list on the instant hot cocoa with ingredients like modified whey, hydrogenated coconut oil, calcium carbonate, dipotassium phosphate, mono- and diglycerides, acesulfame potassium, sucralose and artificial flavor (really?!?) to quickly decide that I didn’t want to go that route. What, all those unpronounceable things in a simple cup of hot chocolate? Throw it away! I decided that a good cup of hot cocoa needs to be made from scratch like real food made with real ingredients! It was pretty easy too.
So, this is how we did it. We also opted for organic fair trade cocoa powder, organic sugar, organic milk and our homemade vanilla extract.
Real Hot Chocolate Recipe
1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
1/3 Cup Sugar
Dash of Salt
4 Cups Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
In a saucepan, combine the cocoa powder, sugar and salt. Add milk and whisk often while cooking over medium heat. Heat to scalding but do not boil (once it starts to steam is usually good). Remove from heat and add vanilla. That’s it! Serve.
If you have any left, you can pour it into a jar with a lid (once cooled) and refrigerate. Next time I may opt to add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg!
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