Delicious, Rich Homemade Hot Chocolate!

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It’s that time of the year again! Hot chocolate, warm fires, and sweet cuddles with loved ones. But wait….are you still using instant hot chocolate from a box? Here’s something so much better!

“Perfectly Chocolate” Hot Cocoa Recipe


  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups (1 qt.) milk (I use Silk PureCoconut to make this Dairy-free!)
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • Dash salt
  • 1/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Miniature marshmallows or sweetened whipped cream (optional)



1. Stir together sugar, cocoa and salt in medium saucepan; stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Add milk; stirring constantly, heat to serving temperature. Do Not Boil.

2. Remove from heat; add vanilla. Beat with whisk until foamy. Serve topped with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired. Makes 5 servings

VARIATIONS: Add one of the following with the vanilla extract:

  • SPICED COCOA: 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Serve with cinnamon stick.
  • MINT COCOA:  3 tablespoons crushed hard peppermint candy OR 2 to 3 tablespoons white creme de menthe. Serve with a candy cane.
  • COCOA AU LAIT: Omit marshmallows or whipped cream. Spoon 2 tablespoons softened vanilla ice cream on top of each cup of cocoa at serving time.
Only want enough for one?
MICROWAVE SINGLE SERVING: Combine 1 heaping teaspoon HERSHEY’S Cocoa, 2 heaping teaspoons sugar and dash salt in microwave-safe cup or mug. Add 2 teaspoons cold milk; stir until smooth. Fill cup with milk. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until hot. Stir to blend; enjoy!

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