Old-fashioned Homemade Hot Cocoa

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This yummy old fashioned hot cocoa recipe is just so awesome. This really is the best hot chocolate out there. And to dunk a gingerbread man in it! Yum.

Last week, it got cold here in Texas for the first time this year.

As we gathered for our weekly Sunday dinner with the kids and grandkids, I watched my grandson complain that he was cold (he’d been outside playing) and I remembered this great recipe sitting unused in my recipe box.

Since my kids grew up, I hadn’t even thought about it–but last Sunday learned that my grandkids LOVE this Old-fashioned Homemade Hot Cocoa.

When I was a kid, my mom used to make this during the wintertime, maybe once a month. It was a real treat, and I am so tickled to have continued the tradition with my own kids and grandkids.

My daughter wrote the recipe down on a card and took it home with her. Apparently, she’d forgotten about this yumminess, too. LOL!

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Old-Fashioned Homemade Hot Cocoa

I just love getting together with all the kids. What’s better than an afternoon with grandma?

Is there sugar involved? OF COURSE! But isn’t that a grandma’s job to give her grandkids just a little sweetness?

Okay, so get ready to knock the socks off of your own kids, grandkids, or whoever you give some of this awesome old-fashioned homemade hot cocoa to because they’re going to LOVE it!

Old-fashioned Homemade Hot Cocoa Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • Miniature Marshmallows

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How to Make Old-fashioned Homemade Hot Cocoa

  1. In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar, cocoa, and cinnamon. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Stir in water.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil.
  4. Continue stirring at a boil for 2 minutes.
  5. Turn down the heat to low, but continue to stir constantly and add milk (kind of a magic trick if you ask me–I have to ask for help to do all this at once).
  6. Do NOT boil after this point, simply allow it to cool to a serving temperature.
  7. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  8. Beat with hand mixer or whisk until frothy.
  9. Top with several miniature marshmallows (or a gingerbread man) and serve.

Just so you know, in my house, gingerbread man cookies love to take a dip in this delicious Old-fashioned, Homemade Hot Cocoa.

The cookies make this little treat just that much more fun for the kids if they can dunk that cookie-dude a few times!

Maybe it’s a little messy, but it’s totally worth it to just see those little smiles.

If you need some gingerbread friends to dunk, check out this gingerbread cookie recipe that’ll knock your socks off and compliments this hot cocoa so well, you’ll think they should get married. Heh.

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This recipe is perfect whether you’re planning a family dinner, party with friends, or you just feel like some good old fashioned homemade hot cocoa!

But unless you’re making the hot cocoa RIGHT THIS SECOND, you’re going to want to pin this recipe so you can come back to it again and again all season long. 🙂

You've GOT to check out this old fashioned homemade hot cocoa recipe. It's to DIE for!

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Old-fashioned, Homemade Hot Cocoa

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Since my kids grew up, I hadn’t even thought about it–but last Sunday learned that my grandkids LOVE this Old-fashioned, Homemade Hot Cocoa. When I was a kid, my mom used to make this during the wintertime, maybe once a month. It was a real treat.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • Miniature Marshmallows

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar, cocoa, and cinnamon. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Stir in water.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil.
  4. Continue stirring at a boil for 2 minutes.
  5. Turn down the heat to low, but continue to stir constantly and add milk (kind of a magic trick if you ask me–I have to ask for help to do all this at once).
  6. Do NOT boil after this point, simply allow it to cool to a serving temperature.
  7. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  8. Beat with hand mixer or whisk until frothy.
  9. Top with several miniature marshmallows (or a gingerbread man) and serve.

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