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Favorite Hot Cocoa

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"First, you make a chocolate syrup with sugar, cocoa and water, then you pour in milk to make this classic comforting drink."

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    25 mins

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  1. In medium saucepan, mix sugar, cocoa and salt; stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils; boil and stir 2 minutes. 2. Add milk; stir until well blended. Cook, stirring often, until hot. DO NOT BOIL. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Beat with whisk until foamy.
  2. Single Serving: Combine 1 heaping teaspoon Hershey's ® Cocoa, 2 heaping teaspoons sugar and dash salt in mug. Add 2 teaspoons milk; stir until smooth. Stir in 1 cup hot milk; serve.
  3. Microwave Single Serving: In microwave-safe mug, combine 1 heaping teaspoon Hershey's ® Cocoa, 2 heaping teaspoons sugar and dash salt. Add 2 teaspoons cold milk; stir until smooth. Fill cup with milk. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until hot. Stir to blend; serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 20, 2006

I will never buy the packaged stuff again. My niece came over and wanted some "hot chocolate" and I thought I would try this out. The only thing I did differently was to use Ghiradelli cocoa powder instead. It's my favorite kind. Thanks for the post....definately a great way to keep warm in the cold wintery months.

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 23, 2005

This cocoa was just OK until I added a shot of Bailey's Irish Cream. I would give it 5 stars if Bailey's was in the original recipe!


47 Ratings

Oct 07, 2004

It's amazing how people come to rely on packet stuff and forget what real hot cocoa tastes like. Last time I made this for a gathering, people were saying, "What did you put in THIS?" These proportions are just right for us: not too sweet. A good basic recipe, and you can ring the changes with marshmallows, or whipped cream, or a candy cane or cinnamon bark swizzle stick.

Jul 25, 2004

I thought that this recipe was wonderful. It may be a little on the sweet side, but that's the way I like it! If you follow the recipe and stir and boil the syrup mixture for two minutes, you won't have anything in the bottom of your cup when finished.

Feb 02, 2004

My family did not like this at all. It tasted gritty and a little bitter. The store bought packages are much more tasty and a lot easier.

Jan 16, 2005


Dec 11, 2004

very good!

Dec 07, 2003

This is great cocoa, I'm gonna share with my husband, who is just now returning (to the windy city cold) from Monterey where it was nice & warm. Keep warm and enjoy this cocoa!


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  • Calories
  • 241 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39.5 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 5.3 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 9.1 g
  • 18%
  • Sodium
  • 197 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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