Sunday, November 24, 2013

My Old Fashioned Cocoa from Scratch

My family just loves the rich flavor of old fashioned cocoa made from scratch.  Scratch means you start with basic ingredients and go from there.  I love it because I always have the ingredients on hand.  My kids will have the memory of Momma over the stove stirring the cocoa.  They come running when they hear the sound the whisk makes in the pan.
 Here’s how I make mine.  All you need is Hershey’s cocoa, sugar, milk and a bit of water.

Old Fashioned Cocoa from Scratch
1/2 cup Hershey’s cocoa
1 cup of white sugar
1/3 cup of cold water
Enough milk to fill 3 quart saucepan

Combine 1/2 cup Hershey’s cocoa and 1 cup of white sugar in a three quart saucepan using a wire whisk.  I do this while the cocoa and sugar are still dry so that the cocoa will mix in nice and smooth without a bunch of lumps.
Add about 1/3 cup of cold water and mix until smooth.  Bring to a boil and continue to boil it for about a minute, stirring constantly.  Don’t worry if it sticks to the sides, it’ll melt back into the cocoa as it heats up.
Fill the pan with milk, It”ll be a little more than a half a gallon of milk.  Stir and heat using  medium heat.  If you need to walk away from it, just turn it on the lowest heat.   I check to see if it’s hot enough by dropping in a miniature marshmallow.  It’s ready when the marshmallow just starts to melt.  I offer extra milk to my little ones to cool it if they want it.
This is so easy, we can make it any time we want it.  Read aloud time is one of our favorite times to enjoy Old Fashioned Cocoa.






19 comments:

  1. Yum! I can remember growing up we would have nothing but homemade cocoa...My how times change....I think I may just make me some from scratch....have a great day! Blessings!

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  2. Hi Laura: I'm Connie at http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.mx/, a new g+ and GFC friend. I love homemade hot cocoa, takes me back to when I was a kid growing up in WI when it was so darn cold. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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  3. You're very welcome, Constance. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. I like it with whipped cream. The kids like Kraft marshmallows. Someday I may try to make homemade marshmallows. Thanks for talking back! I'll be over for a visit.
    Blessings for Thanksgiving,
    Laura

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  4. Go do it, Patty! It will be good.
    Blessings,
    Laura

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  5. There is no hot drink better than from scratch hot cocoa! I'll have to try your version. Love the snow on your blog!

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  6. Hi Laura thank you for this recipe and when I make it I will think of your lovely Mum - it looks delicious and will go down a treat in this cold weather. Laura thank you for your lovely comments, it was really sweet of you and so thoughtful. Love the snow Laura would love to know how you do it - awesome! Big hugs to you and your wonderful family Laura.
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  7. I can already tell that we will have a canister of this mixed up and ready to make this winter. Nothing better than Hot Cocoa and a good book.

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  8. Oh Laura, this looks so yummy! I can't remember the last time I had homemade cocoa! I am going to try making this later. My boys have been playing outside in the snow all day. They will need a good cup of steaming hot cocoa.

    And thank you so much for the Thanksgiving Blessing! That was so sweet. You are such a precious bloggy friend.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving Laura!
    Blessings,
    Amy

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  9. Oh Amy, do make the cocoa! I have one pot and one whisk that I've used for years. The children know the scritch scritch scritch of the whisk when they hear it! It's not much more trouble than instant and so much better. Enjoy your week with your family!

    Blessings to you,
    Laura

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  10. Hi Sandy,
    You are so right. Books and cocoa were just made for each other.
    Blessings,
    Laura

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  11. Hello Dorothy,

    I know that this is a difficult time. May God bless you with strength, hope, and healing for your sweetheart. Do enjoy the cocoa. It's great for rainy British days, too!

    Blessings,
    Laura

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  12. Hello Miss Magnolia,
    We are in complete agreement. There were snow flurries when I awoke this morning in Missouri. Nothing stayed on the ground. :( I may be the only one who longs to see a blanket of white.
    Blessings for a Christ centered Thanksgiving!
    Laura

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  13. Hello Miss Magnolia,
    We are in complete agreement. There were snow flurries when I awoke this morning in Missouri. Nothing stayed on the ground. :( I may be the only one who longs to see a blanket of white.
    Blessings for a Christ centered Thanksgiving!
    Laura

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  14. sounds so warm & cozy, thanks for sharing!
    Wishing you and your precious family a very Happy Thanksgiving Laura!
    hugs & blessings

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  15. Just love the scritch scritch scritch of my whisk mixing the cocoa and sugar in the pan. The children used to come running when they were little.

    Blessings,
    Laura

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  16. Haven't made from scratch in years. YUM-O! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  17. Hi Jann,
    It's one of the things I remember my grandma making when I was a child.
    Try it, you'll like it. ~smile~

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