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Good ole Fashion Hot Cocoa

This is Cocoa the way my mother used to make for us when we were kids.
Full flavored and rich tasting with out all the additives.
The ingredients couldn't be simpler, and so much more cost effective than the packages.
For 4 servings you need -
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 4 cups of hot milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
Serving for one-
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • a bit of boiling water
  • 1 cup hot milk
  • a drop of vanilla extract if you want, but is just fine without
  1. Stir together the cocoa powder and sugar.
  2. Add the boiling water to dissolve the cocoa and sugar.
  3. Add the hot milk.
  4. Top off the cocoa with your favorite toppings like, marshmallows, whipping cream, or a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  5. Sit back relax and enjoy!
A variation to try is to mix it with some hot coffee instead of boiling water to make it a mocha.
Very tasty and comforting indeed.


  1. I haven't taken the time to make hot cocoa in a long time. After reading this I feel like having some cocoa later.

  2. Yes, I remember this as a child. Why was it forgotten?

  3. Love that homemade Mom used to make a chocolate syrup which would be stored in a jar in the fridge and when we'd want cocoa we'd put a few tsp of the syrup into a cup of hot milk.
    Thanks Char for bringing the memories back..

    1. Betty do you have your Mom's recipe. My daughter made money in a 4-H club project in the early 1970's and it sound like what you are describing that your Mother made. I have been trying for 10 years to figure out her recipe which she never kept. She was a child. Thank you!


  4. Yum, can't wait to give this one a try!!

  5. I remember my mother doing something similar. That was always the best...and a treat!

  6. Just love this! (how can one forget this way of making cocoa...). Love the idea of making a mocha with it (another ? how I did not think of this before...)

  7. Thanks for sharing this simple recipe. Isn't it funny how we come to depend on packaged goods too often? I'll be making this from now on.

  8. Delicious!! The bought packages are so terribly sweet,so this would be better.

  9. Even as a Grandma, I still enjoy a cup of "cocoa", once in a while, before going to bed. It does bring back all those deliciously warm feelings of my growing up years, in my parents' home.

  10. Thanks for sharing...My mom had her favorite chocolate syrup that she made...Yummy, especially on a cold winter night.

  11. Yum! I love making cocoa this way but my very favorite twist is a little bit of cayane pepper added in... Gives it a little umph!

  12. That sounds delicious! It tastes so good made from scratch!

  13. I grew up on the prairies, the oldest of 9 children. How my mother came up with meals day after day, no convenience store nearby, having to come up with something with the resources at hand...still amazes me. She baked bread twice a week, and buns always on Saturdays. Sometimes, I guess when she was fresh out of ideas for what to make for supper, she would make a huge potful of homemade cocoa, and serve it with slices of fresh bread, peanut butter, Rogers Golden syrup and homemade jam. Supper was served, and we were delighted with it. This post makes me want some to that... maybe at least of cup of hot cocoa. - Marg N.

  14. My 14 year old daughter is a hot chocolate fanatic, so I am definitely going to make this for her. Much healthier than what's available in the grocery store.

  15. PERFECT time of year for such a treat!!!

  16. this is perfect for a day such as this!

  17. I've made this often for myself and my family. I love it with the whipped topping and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I also like the fact that I control how sweet it is.

  18. In the Netherlands many made this cocoa, just called chocolatemilk. We used of course Dutch cocoapowder, but in stead of a bit of hot water we stirred in a tablespoon of cream per cup into the cocoa/sugar mixture to dissolve it a bit. With wholemilk from our own cows it always tasted better then modern ready mixes. I have returned to the real thing, come november we'll change again from buttermilk to warme chocolademelk.

  19. Mary..I have my Mom's recipe but no directions on how to cook it:)I hope this is what you are looking for.
    1/2 cup cocoa
    1 1/4 cups sugar
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    1 1/4 cups boiling water
    I assume that my Mom mixed this all together in a saucepan and cooked it until the sugar dissolved, stirring constantly. What I do remember is how good it tasted and what a treat it was:)

  20. Is there any reason that this couldn't be made ahead of time and kept hot in a slow cooker? (I'm cautious :-)

    1. I can't think of any reason why you couldn't make this in a slow cooker. That is a great idea, especially if you are having a large crowd over. Enjoy it.


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