A couple of posts ago I shared that one of my favorite parts of winter, of the holidays specifically, was Hot Cocoa or Hot Chocolate. I am not sure the difference, but we call it Hot Chocolate at our house. I said that I would share the recipe at some point. Last night we got about 12 inches of snow and we have been out shoveling for some time this afternoon, so I think today is a great day to make some hot chocolate for my family!

Steph’s Hot Chocolate – makes 6 cups

1/3 C Cocoa Powder

3/4 C Granulated Sugar

1/3 C water

Pinch of Salt

6 C Whole Milk

1 1/2 tsp Vanilla

Extras: Peppermint sticks, whipped cream, marshmallows, etc

In a 2-quart saucepan mix together the cocoa powder, granulated sugar, salt, and water until smooth. Whisk in the milk and heat on medium low heat. Do not boil! Heat and stir until it is the temperature you enjoy drinking hot chocolate at. If you have smaller kids, make sure it’s not too hot. Remove from heat, whisk in the vanilla. Pour into cups and add your extras. Enjoy!

I love hot chocolate almost any time of the year, but especially during the holidays or right after shoveling snow. I hope you enjoy this recipe, and if you make it, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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