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Homemade Hot Cocoa

This homemade hot chocolate 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 cups


  • 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


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


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    • Dorise
      May 5, 2020

      Im sure this would taste amazing but keep in mind u could heat up milk in the microwave for 1 min and 30 seconds add a teaspoon of cocoa powder 5 teaspoons of sugar and it would take 3 min

    • amsm
      Dec 25, 2019

      Easy and tasty! I had all the ingredients on hand, and it was easy enough that the kids helped me make it. We topped ours with homemade sweetened whipped cream.

    • KC
      May 7, 2019

      It's a good hot cocoa, but this is the exact recipe off the back of the Hershey's baking cocoa box.

    • Audrey
      May 3, 2019

      Amazing! Easy and simple to make! Very quick as well and usually have all ingredients on hand!

    • Gem
      Feb 13, 2019

      So quick and easy. Perfect late night treat for my hubby and me. <3

    • Jones
      Feb 4, 2019

      I made a keto version by just adding keto sugar and instead of milk heavy whipping cream it was very good

    • Lesley
      Jan 4, 2019

      Very good. I will make this again!! Thank you

    • Brandy
      Nov 19, 2018

      This is delicious

    • melly2226
      Nov 26, 2017


    • Jessica
      Oct 28, 2017

      Very good, quick and easy. I made it with 2 cups half and half and 2 cups milk to make it creamier. Might add a little extra cocoa next time but it's good as is as well