Decadent and frothy, I love a steaming mug of hot cocoa in the winter. As a child this treat was typically only indulged in immediately after coming in from the harsh winter weather (particularly after playing in the snow after a blizzard!) Now as an adult, I pamper myself with a cup of hot chocolate about once a week during the bitter winter months. It makes me feel cozy and loved.
I have recently been attempting to eat more healthfully, sticking to real, whole foods. I have been following a blog, called 100 Days of Real Food, which recently shared a recipe for a mug of homemade hot cocoa. When you read the ingredient list on a packet of hot chocolate, it is filled with unpronounceable items. This recipe is simple to prepare and made with only three ingredients.
Homemade Hot Cocoa
1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa (special dark 100% cacao works well)
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
3/4 cup of warm milk
Add the unsweetened cocoa and maple syrup to a mug of warm milk, heated to your preferred temperature. Stir and enjoy!
A co-worker of mine recently talked about a crock pot recipe for making large amounts of hot chocolate. Maybe I will have to make it my mission to test out and come up with the perfect hot cocoa recipe this winter, as I did for the perfect margarita this past summer.
Do you make your hot cocoa from a mix or from scratch?