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
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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 serving (1 cup) equals 211 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 125 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g 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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Reviewed Feb. 10, 2016

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

Reviewed Oct. 1, 2014

"easy and very good. Not too sweet"

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

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

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2012

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

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

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

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