The Best Hot Cocoa

I remember learning to make this on a wood stove when I was young. We had to be really careful not to let it get too hot and scorch or the whole thing would ruin… I miss those days! Well, some parts of them. We usually only had hot cocoa or hot tea on really cold days. We would get a cup before we left the house to walk to the bus stop which really was at least 1/2 mile uphill! The warmth in our bellies would help us get up the hill but we were always happy to see the old bus come clanking down the dirt road.

This is probably my favorite hot cocoa recipe although it does take a little bit of time and patience to make it… that just seems to make it better though. It’s really good to enjoy on a cold day or after coming in from playing in the snow which is something we don’t get to do here in Florida. 

The Best Hot Cocoa

The Best Hot Cocoa


  • 1 c. sugar
  • generous pinch of salt
  • 1/2 c. cocoa powder
  • 2/3 c. hot water
  • 6-8 c. milk (the less milk the richer the cocoa)
  • 1 1/2 t. vanilla
  • dash of cinnamon (optional)
  • Marshmallows or whipped cream for topping


Stir the sugar, salt, and cocoa powder together in a small bowl.

Heat the milk in

Whisk in the milk and stir until smooth.

Heat until hot but don’t boil.

Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and cinnamon.

Beat with the whisk until light and foamy.

Top with marshmallows or whipped if desired.

This is also good to serve with Chocolate-Dipped Goodies.

If you want a single-serve recipe do a site search for Single-Serve Cocoa!

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