Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe
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Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe

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This recipe will make people think you fussed but it is so simple.—Hershey Food Corporation, Cheryl Reitz, Hershey, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • Dash salt
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 4 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Miniature marshmallows, sweetened whipped cream or cinnamon sticks, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 211 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa and salt. Add water; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in milk; heat to serving temperature (do not boil). Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Whisk until frothy. If desired, garnish with marshmallows, cream or cinnamon sticks. Yield: 5 cups.
For Swiss Mocha Cocoa: Add 2 to 2-1/2 teaspoons instant coffee with vanilla. For Canadian Cocoa: Add 1/2 teaspoon imitation maple flavoring with vanilla. For Slim-Trim Cocoa: Omit sugar. Combine cocoa, salt and water. Substitute fat-free milk. Proceed as above. Stir in vanilla with artificial sweetener equivalent to 1/2 cup sugar.
Originally published as Homemade Hot Cocoa in Country Woman January/February 1997, p40

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krysfielder User ID: 5728656 243595
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2016

"Delicious and I had everything to make it on hand!"

Alicia1212 User ID: 4774991 32806
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2014

"easy and very good. Not too sweet"

bwilkin User ID: 3339114 16475
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

"Very little chocolate flavor. Will not make again."

maheiser User ID: 5028484 11851
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2012

"simple to make and ingredients i have on hand.My kids love it."

maheiser User ID: 5028484 17022
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"Very easy to make and has ingredients that I have already"

r&ao User ID: 5092635 15410
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2011

"I ran out of cocoa mix and I knew my kids would be lookjing for it when they came in from the snow so I tripped across this one. Super easy, very quick, and very convenient ingredients (I keep them all on hand). Kids were very happy with it. =)"

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