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Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe

Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe

Making hot chocolate without those chemical-laden packets is really quite easy; you just need to make sure you have unsweetened powdered cocoa and milk in the house. I am usually making hot chocolate for a passel of kids, so I make it about a half gallon at a time.  You can make it in any amount, of course, but I’ll give you my one-cup version and my half-gallon-version. For anything else, you’ll have to do some math. So sorry.

One Cup Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe

Mix 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 T sugar, and 1 T water in small saucepan. Whisk till blended over medium heat. Add 8 oz whole milk and mix well. Lower heat and heat till warmed through.

Half Gallon (8 cups) Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe

Mix 1/2 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup water in large saucepan. Whisk till blended over medium heat. Add 8 cups whole milk, mix well, and heat through.

For easier pouring, I use a big glass liquid measuring cup to measure the milk, and then I pour the hot cocoa back into the measuring cup and use that to pour into mugs. Otherwise, I’ve been known to dump more hot cocoa on the counter than into the mug, which makes for a pretty mess.

I hope you and your family enjoy this delicious hot chocolate recipe!

mug by Villeroy & Boch

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23 thoughts on “Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe

  1. Oh, I remembered something else about homemade hot coccoa. My Mom used to make this for me on cold morngings with cinnamon toast. And still today when I wake up cold that is what I want. Hot chocolate and cinnamon toast.

  2. I feel a bit bad for my oldest son, who was asking for a mug of this yummy stuff the other day. We’re all on the Anti-Candida diet, which means NO sugar at all. There’s always this time next year, when we’re all so healthy that one glass won’t hurt us.


  3. ummmmmm. I love homemade hot cocoa – nothing better. I discovered how to make it only after a snow day where I had none of the boxed hot chocolate. Being the mom who did not want to disappoint, I quickly went to allrecipes for a recipe. It’s not nearly as easy as this, though! Thank you.

    I wondered about the TJ sipping chocolate. As far as I could see from the ingredient list there were not any chemicals, just plenty of sugar! 😉 TJ’s is good about not carrying products that have typical store bought junk like HFCS and trans-fats in them.

  4. That’s how we make it except that we use Sucanat for the sugar. Yum! My girls wake up craving hot cocoa and cinnamon toast too! 🙂

  5. I’ve actually been using Sucanat too. 🙂 I like how it’s not quite as sweet, but the kids prefer the refined stuff.

  6. I don’t buy that powder/faky stuff anymore either! And you know, the powder mix tastes NOTHING like REAL hot cocoa; it’s like the difference between coffee and tea. And we make our hot cocoa by putting a cup of whole milk in the microwave. I put the sugar and cocoa in the milk, and stir VERY well afterward. So simple. The misconception is that cooking REAL FOOD is so hard, so time-consuming. This is a good example of how getting rid of the chemicals in your diet is no harder. I bet you could even pre-mix the sugar and cocoa in its own container, and just put it in as needed, saving another small step.

  7. Oh yum! I love to make homemade cocoa. Believe it or not, it’s chilly here in Florida (well, for US it is, LOL). 🙂
    I hope you had a lovely Christmas!

  8. I can’t do chocolate…but that sounds yummy! I think I’ll make a small batch for my husband who drinks hot cocoa like it’s water. 😀

    Did you know that whole milk has less sodium than the 2% or less milks?

  9. OK… I had to go read the whole milk article. I’m not sold. I’ll have to think on that.

    But the hot chocolate sounds lovely and I’m going to go make it right now (but with 2% since that is what I have).

    Thanks for sharing!

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