Friday, January 9, 2009

HOT COCOA

1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa (not hot chocolate mix)
dash of salt, optional
1/3 cup hot water
4 cups milk
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
Sweetened whipped cream, optional

In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, cocoa, and salt; blend in the water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Boil and stir for 2 minutes. Add milk; stir and heat to serving temperature. DO NOT BOIL! Remove from the heat and add vanilla. Beat with a rotary beater or wire whisk until foamy. Serve in cups or mugs topped with the sweetened whipped cream, if desired.

Options: For Christmas, use 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp peppermint extract. Top with miniature marshmallows and put a candy cane in the mug as a stirrer.

Instead of the sweetened whipped cream, use marshmallow cream.

Add a teaspoon of instant coffee granules into the hot water for a mocha-flavored hot chocolate.

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