Right now in southeast Texas the temperature rests at 75 degrees, the skies are partly cloudy, and the wind blows at 25mph. Not exactly the ideal weather for the fifteenth of December while my radio plays, “The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful… let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.” Catchy tune, nice image, but not true outside my window!
Regardless of the weather, this is hot chocolate season! We kick this time of year off on the day after Thanksgiving while we decorate our Christmas tree. I make a pot of hot chocolate that we deck with marshmallows, whip cream, and candy cane pieces. Then we sip away at a few cups as we carefully place ornaments on the branches.
This simple recipe is easy to make and can be reduced to a one cup size if you need an evening drink while enjoying a movie or made by the gallon for a large crowd. Below I have the measurements and directions for four servings and another list for one serving. Enjoy!
Hot Chocolate for One:
- 2 Tbs. sugar
- 1 Tbs. cocoa
- Dash of salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 teas. vanilla
- Combine sugar, cocoa, and salt in mug
- Heat milk in microwave until hot – approx. 2 minutes
- Add milk to dry ingredients
- Stir well, add vanilla, stir again (continue to stir while drinking because cocoa tends to settle at the bottom of cup.
Hot Chocolate for Four:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- dash of salt
- 1/3 cup hot water
- 4 cups milk
- 3/4 teas. vanilla
- Combine sugar, cocoa, and salt in pan on stove top.
- Add water
- Stir while cooking over medium heat until mixture boils.
- Boil and stir 2 minutes
- Stir in milk and heat. DO NOT BOIL. Watch carefully to avoid scorching.
- Remove from heat and add vanilla
- Pour into cups and garnish with marshmallows, peppermint, or whip cream
This can also be reheated in a crock pot or by the cup. Make sure to stir as cocoa will settle at the bottom of the pan or cup if it sits for awhile.