Warm Up With A Soothing Cocoa Recipe

Mother and daughter drinking hot chocolate At long last the holiday season is finally upon. Along with visiting with family, buying gifts, and decorating the Christmas tree, another tradition for the holidays is enjoying a delicious cup of homemade cocoa. Warming up with a nice cup of cocoa is a great way to stay warm during the colder months, and can create memories with children and loved ones that can last a lifetime. This year, opt out of the store-bought packets, and make it a little more special with this exceptional recipe for homemade cocoa.

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Made with a combination of cocoa powder and chocolate chips, this recipe is not only easy to make, but it’s delicious. You’ll need cocoa, chocolate chips, milk, and a dash of vanilla extract. Start pouring the milk of your choice into a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Using milk as opposed to water is a great way to ensure that your hot cocoa is going to be as creamy as possible. Two percent milk is standard, but don’t be afraid to try other options like almond milk or coconut milk.

Then, whisk in your cocoa powder, and be sure to add sugar here as the cocoa powder is naturally unsweetened. Heat this mixture up until it is very warm. Once the milk, cocoa powder, and sugar concoction is warmed, add in your chocolate chips, and whisk them in until they are completely melted into the milk. Next, add a little extra flavor to your cocoa with just a splash of vanilla. Lastly, serve immediately. For an extra touch you can add in some fun little toppings such as marshmallows, whipped cream, crushed candy canes, or every leftover chocolate chips.

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The best part about this recipe is that you can make your cocoa exactly how you want. To make it extra rich, add half and half. For a lighter version, replace the milk with skim or almond, and if you want it flavored, add cinnamon, peppermint extract, or caramel.

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