Morning hot cocoa is only about five minutes away and contains just five ingredients. Enjoy a hot cup of this easy, affordable chocolatey goodness.
Full day of skiing and sledding?
Just a cozy day at home?
A hot chocolatey drink is just the ticket on many a day. When we want a sweet, warming treat or some comforting sustenance, hot cocoa can fill the bill.
Believe it or not, cocoa-based beverages have been used to fortify soldiers for hundreds of years, so it can certainly help us fight whatever battles we face on a daily basis.
Great thing is, this drink can come together on the stovetop in about five minutes — with just five ingredients. It’s totally worth your while!
I haven’t purchased commercial cocoa mix in years. I read the side of the package one day and decided to just say no. There were way too many unpronounceable ingredients for something that’s so simple to make.
Instead we make it the old fashioned way with cocoa powder, sugar, fresh milk, and a pinch of salt. Simple, delicious, and easy on the budget!
While we still love my dry mix, Malted Hot Cocoa recipe, this fresh cocoa version comes together just as quickly.
The kids absolutely love it. I love it that my youngest can mix it up on the stovetop in about five minutes. She started at about age 9, so there’s freedom here for you parents of littles.
How do I make a cup of hot cocoa?
It’s easy to make a cup of this creamy, sweet drink. Of course, you can buy those packets of instant cocoa at the store or even create a mix of your own.
But, there’s something so delicious in a cup of cocoa made with fresh milk. The dry mixes just can’t compare with this stovetop concoction.
Can I use baking cocoa for hot chocolate?
Unsweetened baking cocoa is perfect for making stovetop cocoa. However, hot chocolate is made with chocolate, not cocoa.
What’s the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate?
Hot cocoa is a mixture of milk, sugar, cocoa, and salt, while hot chocolate is usually made from melted chocolate and milk. Hot chocolate is thicker and more dessert like than hot cocoa.
What are good toppings for hot cocoa?
Hot cocoa, like hot coffee drinks, is perfect for topping with fun treats. Consider any of the following toppings for a cocoa bar:
- whipped cream
- steamed milk
- chocolate shavings
- cinnamon sticks or ground cinnamons
- chocolate or caramel syrup
- chocolate or rainbow sprinkles
Remember, too, that adding a shot of coffee or espresso is a nice touch, too.
How do you make hot cocoa from scratch?
This recipe comes together in just minutes on the stovetop.
- In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Whisk together.
- Stir in hot water to help the mixture dissolve. Heat this and stir in the milk.
- Simmer the mixture, stirring, until very hot.
- Divide into mugs and top as desired.
- Store leftovers in the refrigerated in a covered container. Reheat before serving.
How can I make this drink economically?
This recipe isn’t expensive to make, even from scratch. However, there are things that you can do to make your sweet treat even better.
- Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. When you see a good price on milk, sugar, and cocoa, buy a few extra to stash for later. You know you’ll use them. Stocking up can save you money.
Hot Cocoa from Scratch
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- pinch salt
- 1/4 cup hot water
- 2 cup milk
- toppings for hot cocoa : whipped cream, chocolate shavings, ground cinnamon, cinnamon sticks
- In a small saucepan, whisk the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Whisk in the hot water until smooth. Add the milk and stir until well combined.
- Heat the mixture over medium-high heat, stirring, until hot.
- Divide into mugs and top according to your preferences.