"THERE'S NOTHING that warms a body on a cold winter day like a steaming cup of cocoa, and my mother's was extra-special. She would put a small piece of cinnamon in to add more flavor. Mmm-m-m, it was good."
Recommended: Hot Chocolate for the Holidays
VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- 1/4 cup baking cocoa
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup boiling water
- 3 cups scalded milk
- 2 cinnamon sticks (about 3 inches each)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In the top of a double boiler, stir together cocoa, sugar and salt. Gradually add boiling water. Place over direct heat and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add milk and cinnamon sticks and place over boiling water. Stir and heat 10 minutes. Remove sticks and stir in vanilla. Beat with a wire whisk to froth milk. Serve immediately. Yield: about 4 servings.
Originally published as Hot Cinnamon Cocoa in Reminisce Spring 1991, p33