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Homemade Hot Cocoa (packet-free recipe)

Winter has arrived. Which isn't news to our Chicago or New York CertifiKid families (burrr.) Even our Atlanta, Los Angles and Dallas folks have had their fair share of Jack Frost nipping at their noses. This morning DC and Baltimore bundled up against single digit wind chills. With all that shivering, maybe a nice cup of hot cocoa is in order.

Before you break out that packet of powdered stuff with the dehydrated mini marshmallow-like bits in it, check out this easy recipe for packet-free hot cocoa that is as indulgent as it is warming. We're sure the kids will love it, but nobody says you can't make a batch just for you... test it out first. Yeah, that's it.

Homemade Hot Cocoa

2 cups of Milk (you can use skim or low fat)
1/2 cup cream (this has to be the full-fat stuff)
1/2 cup chocolate, grated
1 tbs sugar (optional)

In a small sauce pot over medium heat cream - stopping short of boiling it. Slowly add in chocolate whisking constantly until it's all melted into the cream. Reduce heat by half. Add in milk and sugar. Bring heat back up until your cocoa is as hot as you like it.

See, easy peasy one to threesy! Top it with some of that packet powder or ground cinnamon for a flourish. Do you have a packet-free recipe for hot cocoa? Let us know. We'd love to add it to this post with all credit to you, of course.

Tags: recipes, family time


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