There is a slight nip in the air and it seems the time has come for snuggling up in favorite sweaters, curling by the fireplace, and yes - hot cocoa!
I got a simple little recipe from Gale Gand's cook book and I really wanted to try it out. Very simple, only 4 ingredients (serves 4):
- 4 cups whole milk (I used skim... 2% might be your best bet)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat milk to a simmer in a saucepan. Stir cocoa powder and brown sugar together. A few teaspoons at at time, add the hot milk to the cocoa mixture to make a smooth paste. This will smell AMAZING! Add the paste to the hot milk and simmer for 2 minutes but DO NOT let boil. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
What are your favorite chilly day treats?
Top with whipped cream (of course). Chocolate shavings would be nice but I just used a bit of the cocoa powder on top.
This was easy and fun to make. It had a richer taste than regular hot cocoa mix.