Vanilla Almond Hot Cocoa Recipe

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Vanilla Almond Hot Cocoa Recipe
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Vanilla Almond Hot Cocoa Recipe

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4.5 17 22
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Treat your family to this comforting, homemade cocoa as you decorate the tree or open holiday gifts. Vanilla and almond extracts make it taste even more special. —Vicki Holloway, Joelton, Tennessee
MAKES:
10 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:
10 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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).
Originally published as Hot Cocoa in Taste of Home December/January 2008, p36

  • 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).
Originally published as Hot Cocoa in Taste of Home December/January 2008, p36

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David12846 User ID: 3290236 258638
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2016

"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."

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dwinokur User ID: 887938 222855
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015

"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."

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Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 100566
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2013

"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."

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fondant_123 User ID: 6776802 78673
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2013

"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 :("

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happypuppy User ID: 3215708 173149
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"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!"

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hwdog User ID: 5202486 168560
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2011

"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!"

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liztonlady User ID: 2259826 154593
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

"So much better than the boxed hot chocolate.

Tastes so good on cold evenings!!"

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LauraManning User ID: 968398 173140
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2010

"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."

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ArkRatLady51 User ID: 2485009 98916
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2010

"This is the only hot cocoa recipie I use!!!! The ladies in my Bible study are addicted to it!!!"

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countrygirl1292002 User ID: 2048687 157861
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2010

"totally agree.. the recipe is delicious"

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