Monday, December 29, 2014

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. We're always ready for a cocoa fix. 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.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Blessings,
Laura
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13 comments:

  1. Yum! My mom makes it this way and it is such a special thing for her grandkids.

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  2. My grandma taught me.
    Blessings to you Wendi,
    Laura

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  3. Thanks for sharing your hot cocoa recipe with us. We are big hot chocolate fans over here!

    Hope to see you again next Monday at the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

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  4. Thanks for sharing your hot cocoa recipe with us. We are big hot chocolate fans over here!

    Hope to see you again next Monday at the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

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  5. Yum, thanks for sharing this at Good morning mondays. Blessings

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  6. Hi Jes,
    One of the gifts I received for Christmas is a big box of Swiss Miss. Ha ha! My kids like the convenience. I like the real thing.
    Blessings,
    Laura

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  7. What a good idea... sounds great. :) We like hot cocoa.

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  8. Happy week Gentle Joy! Thanks for talking back.

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  9. Thank you for posting to Motivation Monday!

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  10. You're welcome, Barb. Have a good week!
    L

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  11. This is the best way to make it. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home. Sherry

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  12. I was thirsty for some hot chocolate this past week, and was out of the pre-packaged kind, so made some from scratch. It was ok, but this sounds better!

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    1. Give it a try Esther Joy. I remember when my kids were young, we went to a friend's house. She had the packets, and my kids were excited about it. A few weeks later, they came to our house, and I made it from scratch. Her kids were excited. The novelty of it for each group was sweet to see.

      Happy Thanksgiving!
      Laura

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