Hot Cocoa Recipe, Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate, Hot Cocoa for Two

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Hot Cocoa/Hot Chocolate- It is one of the yummiest hot drink which is perfect for winter. Moreover this is a holiday season as Christmas the coming nearby. This hot cocoa and a good holiday movie makes your night perfect!! Of course, you can drink this hot cocoa anytime a day!!

I came to know about this drink after I came to US. Here, coffee shops and deli are having hot chocolate on their menu. I kind of liked it and I tempted to make this drink by myself at home. Now, I am making this often especially in winter times. Cold weather and this hot drink helps to warm ourselves.

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I had a confusion between hot cocoa and hot chocolate initially. Then I read some article about this, hot chocolate is nothing but milk and chocolates mixed together. Since the chocolate has sweetness, you don't need to add any extra sugar. This drink is little thick and rich. On the other hand hot cocoa is made with cocoa powder and it is bit watery(drinking consistency). But you can call both of them as hot chocolate. I tried both of the versions. The one I made with chocolate is quite thick and rich so I couldn't even finish half of the drink. My personal favorite is the one made with cocoa powder. For variations, you can add cinnamon powder, coffee powder, little bit chocolate chips etc.. Make this delicious hot chocolate and enjoy!!

Hot Cocoa

Cuisine: International | Category: Drink | Serves: 2

Prep Time: 0 min | Cook Time: 15 min

INGREDIENTS
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Milk - 2 cups
Cocoa Powder - 2 tablespoon
Vanilla Extract - 1/4 teaspoon
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Salt - a dash of salt
Whipped Cream - enough to top it
INSTRUCTIONS
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1In a pan, add 1/4 cup of water, cocoa powder, sugar. Whisk well to avoid lumps and heat it over medium flame.

Hot Cocoa cooking steps by GoSpicy.net

2Once it becomes hot and lump free, add the milk and vanilla extract. Whisk everything and continue heating the milk.

Hot Cocoa cooking steps by GoSpicy.net

3Now, add a generous pinch of salt. The milk should be steaming hot but not boiling. At this stage, you can blend this in a blender or with a hand blender if you want this drink to be frothy. Pour in your serving mugs/glass. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Enjoy the winter with this hot chocolate/hot cocoa!!

Hot Cocoa cooking steps by GoSpicy.net
NOTES

If you want you can also add 1/4 teaspoon of instant coffee powder. This will add additional flavor to hot cocoa.

Here I have added regular cocoa powder. Instead of this, you can also add dutch process cocoa powder. This gives a dark color to drink.

Add 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips or chunks(dark or milk) at the end while the milk is steaming hot if you want a rich hot chocolate drink. Don't boil the drink after adding chocolate chips.

The milk I used here is already pasteurized, so I added straight into the drink. But if you are using raw milk, you have to boil the milk first before you start making this recipe.

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