Works For Me Wednesday: Homemade Hot Cocoa- Better Than The Coffee Shop!

Do you ever find those little ubiquitous “hot cocoa” packets a bit disappointing (especially when mixed with hot water, instead of milk)?  I was particularly discouraged when visiting an “upperscale” chocolate cafe earlier this fall.  

I had been especially looking forward to a nice, rich cup of real hot chocolate.  However, when I began chatting with the barista, to inquire about the ingredients, she was suddenly at a loss.  “I don’t know…” she began, and showed me the plastic drawer on the counter.  “It comes in a mix, and I just add in scoops to the cup.”  

Needless to say, I passed on my ‘opportunity’ to purchase an overpriced cup of a mix.  After visiting with my friends, I went home to my trusty (and easy!) Ghirardelli chocolate recipe.  (By the way, I checked- Ghirardelli cocoa is gluten free.)  I recently received an e-mail from Angela, a reader of this blog, asking for my hot chocolate recipe.  So, here it is, dear! 

Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate
1 1/2 Tbsp. Ghirardelli Unsweetened Cocoa
1 1/2 Tbsp. Sugar (I use organic)
1 cup Milk (I use raw milk)

Mix cocoa and sugar, and set aside. Pour milk into a small pan. Add cocoa mixture and stir. Heat gently, while stirring, until steaming.

Variation: I also like to add a little alcohol-free vanilla or natural mint flavoring, too. For special occasions, I have also whipped up some raw cream (lightly sweetened) to add on top, too!  For an especially decadent addition, The River Cottage Family Cookbook has a fun recipe for homemade marshmallows.  

For Christmas parties in our home, I have made large batches of this Basic Hot Chocolate recipe (along with a choice of hot spiced apple cider).   
Once cold weather hits, a cup of hot cocoa is one of our favorite evening treats, while relaxing with a book.  You’ll never go back to the powdered mixes again!  
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