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Hi Friends!

We’ve been having some cold nights in the desert lately, and that means it’s perfect weather for enjoying the comforting taste of hot cocoa. I used to use the little packaged mixes, but nothing really compares to the taste of homemade hot chocolate. Sure, it’s a little more work, but the taste is definitely worth it, especially if you’re a serious chocolate lover!

girl holding cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows

I use the basic recipe from the back of a Hershey’s cocoa can, but I’ve made some changes to give it a richer taste. And, my five chocolate connoisseurs just love it! 


  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa ( I use a combination of half regular and half dark cocoa)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 4 cups cold milk ( I use 2 percent)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Add the cocoa, sugar, cinnamon, sea salt and water to a medium-sized

pot, and mix well.
Heat on medium heat and stir until the ingredients start boiling.
Continue stirring the boiling mixture for about two minutes, then add the milk.
Let the chocolate gradually heat up, but don’t let it boil.
Serve and enjoy!

cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows and cookies and candy sprinkles

The fun part, of course, is adding your favorite toppings. I don’t really have a fancy hot cocoa bar, but I always put out marshmallows, whipped cream and candy sprinkles and maybe cookies. And, if we happen to have any giant chocolate dipped marshmallows, we add those too.

hot chocolate with marshmallows

What’s your favorite way to enjoy hot chocolate? 

Thanks a bunch for visiting. Have a wonderful day!

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  1. angie says:

    yummy!!!!!!! happy new year, angie

  2. Dee M says:

    We love brown sugar, so I'll have to try this next time. Thanks for the tip! šŸ™‚

  3. Anonymous says:

    I love the taste and experience of real hot cocoa. I use milk instead of water and a mix of white sugar and dark brown. My husband is always asking me to make it. I can't drink any hot chocolate out, it just tastes blah! Thank you for sharing.
    Jacquelene L

  4. Dee M says:

    Mmm — That sounds awesome! I'll have to go check it out! šŸ™‚

  5. Dee M says:

    We've been craving more lately, so I'll have to whip some up soon! šŸ™‚

  6. Dee M says:

    Thanks! It's getting cold here, so I'll be making this more often! šŸ™‚

  7. Dee M says:

    I agree — good cocoa is a wonderful thing! šŸ™‚

  8. Dee M says:

    It's great, and we had a super Christmas. Thanks, Laurie! šŸ™‚

  9. Keisha | The Girl Next Door is Black says:

    So yummy. Love hot chocolate!