Vanilla Almond Hot Cocoa Recipe
- 1 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup baking cocoa
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 8 cups 2% milk
- 2/3 cup water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- Miniature marshmallows, optional
- 1. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cocoa and salt. Stir in milk and water. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through. Remove from the heat; stir in extracts. Serve in mugs with marshmallows if desired. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Reviews for Vanilla Almond Hot Cocoa
"The ONLY hot cocoa I will drink. Tastes just like my Mother use to made in the 1960's. The almond extract really gives it that old fashion flavor. Do NOT leave it out. The only other thing I do _occasionally_ is add a small amount of amaretto while it is heating up, especially if I'm winding down for the evening with a special friend."
"I loved this hot cocoa. The salt in it reduces the bitterness of the cocoa and enhances the sweetness (not sure I can put a link here, but search the internet on how salt effects food). If you want it less sweet and prefer your chocolate to be a little bitter, you could leave the salt out. As for me, it reminded me of the cocoa my dad used to make. Totally a comfort food."
"I love hot chocolate and aside from my own recipe this was the best recipe I've come across. It's delicious. The next time I make this I will not add the almond extract. I like using almond extract but I did not like it in this."
"Was so excited to make this recipe because there is a blizzard where I live right now. But after I tasted it, all I could taste was the almond extract. I also found it too sweet. I even cut back on the sugar too. I wouldn't make this again :("
"I have never made a home made hot cocoa before, i always thought it to be time consuming and messy but it was very yummy and simple!! I will be making this again!"
"I had to 1/4 the recipe, but it was still amazing!!!!!!!! This is epic hot chocolate! I will save this recipe and use it multiple times!"
"So much better than the boxed hot chocolate.Tastes so good on cold evenings!!"
"I also had to add milk because it was too sweet. For some reason mine had a chalky taste. Not sure if it was the cocoa or what."
"This is the only hot cocoa recipie I use!!!! The ladies in my Bible study are addicted to it!!!"
"totally agree.. the recipe is delicious"
"This is the kind of cocoa I grew up with, Delicious!"
"For me, it would have been better if it was not so sweet. I added extra milk to try and even it out a little. Otherwise it tasted good. I did not add almond flavoring and used black coffee instead of water. I will make again and cut back on the sugar."
"I really didn't like the taste - something was missing. Wouldn't make again."
"I made it with Splenda for a diabetic neighbor who had been in the hospital. He loved it and said it was the best he'd ever had.I also added a sprinkle of Penzy's Baking Spice, which is really good on any hot cocoa or coffee."
"This was wonderful! I used brewed coffee in place of the water, and added a dash of cinnamon. The whole family loved it."
"This recipe is so delicious, my family asks for it over and over. It's one we'll be making many more times and putting in my recipe box."
"This was a great recipe. I didn't use the almond extract and it was still delicious."