How To Make The Best Hot Chocolate Or Hot Cocoa

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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

Hot Chocolate/Cocoa by Grandma via FSM
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
  • 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)
  1. 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.

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2 thoughts on “How To Make The Best Hot Chocolate Or Hot Cocoa

  • March 31, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Linda, I have a question for you about the containers that you have your food storage in. Could you tell me what name brand they are, & how much of the gallon dried product does each hold? Thank You very much. LaRene

    • March 31, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      Hi Larene, I buy the OXO containers because I have arthritis and you just push the lid to open or shut it. If you put onions in them the smell does not go away. LOL! You will want to keep filling that container with onions. The same with green onions or jalapenos. Its hard to judge how much you can fill because every product in a #10 can when opened might be totally full or 3/4 full. I buy different sizes and stack the thinner ones two deep. I try and buy them at Bed, Bath and Beyond every time I get a 20% off coupon. They are expensive but I have used them for years. I know I could use quart jars but I worry about earthquakes. I hope this helps. I use the smaller ones for the small packages from North Bay Trading Co. Talk soon, Linda


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