If you want a recipe to make the best hot chocolate or hot cocoa, this is it! It’s a rich, creamy chocolate made with Dutch cocoa. Fabulous! Today I felt like showing you how I make it! When I was little, and even when I had my daughters living at home, we didn’t have hot chocolate in a can, that I can remember. I know my mother tried to trick us into drinking that stuff called Ovaltine which was very popular from the 1960’s to the 1980’s. Well, I never did care for it. It tasted like vitamins in a chocolate drink to me, although my husband really liked it when he was growing up.
Anyway, I do have fond memories of watching my mother making hot chocolate with Hershey’s Cocoa. She would mix the sugar and cocoa, and then add a little water and bring it to a boil. Next, she would add the milk. Oh, and you have to have whipped cream on it. So today I’m sharing my Classic Hot Chocolate Made With Dutch Cocoa recipe with you! I hope you like it as much as I do! This is one of the things I remember from my youth. My mother loved to make things that would become a tradition. Now, every time I have a hot chocolate I think of my mom and how special she was. She was a wonderful cook and I’m glad she taught me much of what she knew. Maybe this recipe could become one of your family favorites.
Hot Chocolate Made With Dutch Cocoa:
This Classic Hot Chocolate Made With Dutch Cocoa takes a little longer to make, but it is definitely worth the extra time. It has a really rich creamy chocolate flavor. You can see that the cream perfectly whipped the way I like it best…just a hint, if you want whipped cream in a hurry, make it in a blender, BUT watch because it can almost turn to butter very quickly! LOL! I placed a few chunks of chocolate mint candies in the bottom of the cups and added the hot chocolate. Yummy, topped with whipped cream! Add some cookie sticks and it looks like a masterpiece!
Grandma’s Hot Chocolate/Cocoa
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup Dutch cocoa or any dry cocoa
- 2/3 cup water
- 4 cups milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- whipped cream (optional)
- peppermint bark (optional place a small piece in the bottom of each cup and pour warm hot chocolate over the peppermint bark if desired)
Place the sugar and cocoa in a saucepan and blend the mixture. Add the water and stir until blended. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir constantly for two minutes. Add the milk slowly and heat thoroughly, but do not boil. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.
Please note*** If you want to make a dry mix: My Thrive Instant Milk Can states: 1 cup water + 2 tablespoons dry milk = 1 cup milk. It also says (to make it easy) 4 cups water + 2/3 to 1 cup dry milk = 4 cups milk. My recipe calls for 4 cups milk so I would add 1 cup dry milk to the recipe with a note to add 4 cups water when making this recipe with the 1 cup Instant Dry Milk.
My favorite unsweetened cocoa.
PRINTABLE recipe: Recipe by Food Storage Moms