My son Michael is a very serious young man who likes to make sure that all the details are taken care of and all the bases are covered. Very often, Michael is the one who starts a sentence with, “Mom, I think you need to write about….” and then he goes on to suggest writing out instructions for something very basic that, according to him, NOT everyone automatically knows how to make. This post is his suggestion.
Most everyone can figure out how to open a packet and stir in a cup of boiling water. (If you DON’T know how to do that, this is probably not the right blog to be reading.) Not everyone knows, however, how to turn milk, sugar, and cocoa into hot chocolate. Here’s how:
Homemade Hot Chocolate
- 4 c. milk
- 1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/3 c. sugar
- 1 t. vanilla
In a medium sized saucepan, combine milk, cocoa, and sugar. Heat on medium heat. Initially, the cocoa won’t stir into the milk, but as the milk warms up, the cocoa will start to mix. Stir occasionally as mixture heats up. Try not to let it boil (it will form a skin). Once the mixture is very hot, remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
For a twist, add almond extract or peppermint extract instead of vanilla.
If you want to make just one cup of hot chocolate, combine 1 T. cocoa, 1 T. sugar, and 6 ounces of milk. Heat on the stove or in the microwave. Add a few drops of vanilla.
After a long day of skiing, it’s also nice to add a slug of peppermint schnappes to the hot cocoa.
There now, Michael’s gotcha covered.