6 Variations of Classic Homemade Hot Cocoa

6 Variations of Classic Homemade Hot Cocoa

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A classic drink to warm you up for the holidays

hot cocoa in mugs on a table

There’s nothing better than a mug filled with warm, decadent hot cocoa. Perfect for cozy nights by the fireplace or festive gatherings with loved ones, this classic beverage has been a comforting companion for chilly days and cozy evenings for generations. In this recipe, learn how to make the perfect cup of hot cocoa, with five delightful variations if you want to twist it up. Whether you prefer the rich simplicity of traditional hot cocoa or crave a unique twist with added flavours, this collection has something for everyone.

Makes 1 serving

What You Need:

  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar (or substitute a smaller amount of honey)
  • 1 cup milk (skim, 1% or 2% milk; alternatively soy milk, almond milk or rice milk)

How to Make Hot Cocoa

  1. Whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar and a few tablespoons of the milk until it is dissolved (note this step is important before adding the rest of the milk to prevent lumps).
  2. Add the rest of the milk and heat.

5 other additions for adventuresome palates:

  • Vanilla velvet: Add 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Spiced-up: Add a pinch of cinnamon, a cinnamon stick or alternatively gingerbread spice
  • Hot stuff: Add a pinch of allspice, nutmeg and ground ancho chilies
  • Salty-sweet: Add a pinch of flaky sea salt
  • Go nuts: Add a tablespoon of peanut butter or almond butter and use a hand-held emersion blender or mini milk frother to blend

Nutrients per serving:

(Original recipe made with 1% milk)

Calories: 175
Carbohydrates: 31 g
Protein: 10 g
Fat: 3.8 g
Dietary Fibre: 3.6 g

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