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How to Make Hot Cocoa from Scratch

There is nothing like a nice cup of hot cocoa on a cold day. People typically make hot cocoa by warming up water and adding a package or several spoonfuls of a hot cocoa mix. The problem with going that route is that not only are the mixes often too sweet, they often contain questionable ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, powdered milk, and various chemicals.

Enjoying a cup of hot cocoa does not have to be a potentially health compromising experience. You can avoid the questionable ingredients by simply making the drink from scratch and using pure ingredients.

Materials and ingredients

You will need a small or medium size pan, a stirring spoon or skinny scraper for stirring, one or more coffee mugs for drinking, whole milk (I prefer to use raw milk from grass-fed cows), cocoa powder, and honey (I prefer raw).

Step 1: Warm up the milk

Pour the amount of milk you want to drink into the pan, put the pan on the stove and set the burner on low to medium heat. You want to warm up the milk gradually while stirring frequently to minimize scalding.

Step 2: Add the honey

Once the milk is hot enough, turn off the heat and add honey to taste. The hot milk should easily dissolve the honey.

Step 3: Add the cocoa powder

Once the milk is at the desired temperature and sweetness, add the cocoa a bit at a time, gently stirring it in. Cocoa powder can be a bit tricky to work with, and it doesn't take a whole lot to obtain a rich chocolate flavor. Be sure to work it into the milk each time you add some.

Step 4: Serve and enjoy

Pour the hot cocoa into a mug and enjoy. If there is any hot cocoa left over in the pan it should be stirred occasionally as the cocoa powder will tend to fall towards the bottom.

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