The recipe on the Hershey's container is fool-proof, and the variations are pretty much endless. I enjoyed mine with equal parts of strong coffee for a breakfast mocha.
Family Hot Cocoa
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup hot water
- dash of salt
Mix in a large saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Boil two minutes. Add:
- 4-5 cups milk (I like to use 2% or higher)
Heat to desired temperature, but do not boil. Remove from heat. Before serving, stir in:
- 3/4 tsp. vanilla
Ladle into mugs and serve.
Garnish with one or more of the following:
- stick cinnamon
- whipped cream
- peppermint candy cane "stir stick"
- sprinkle of ground cinnamon
- orange zest
Refrigerate leftovers. You can heat a mug of cocoa in the microwave in the time it takes to make toast. An instant before-school breakfast!