Spiced Hot Chocolate Recipe

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When my family needs to warm up on a cold morning or evening, I head to the kitchen to make this hot cocoa. The spices are very well balanced.—Hannah Barringer, Loudon, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 8 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Miniature marshmallows, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 209 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 196mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a 3-qt. microwave-safe dish, combine the first six ingredients. Whisk in milk and water until smooth. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 3-4 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil.
  2. Stir in vanilla. Ladle into mugs; serve with marshmallows if desired. Yield: 2-1/2 quarts.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Spiced Hot Chocolate in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2008, p103

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