Perfect Hot Cocoa

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • Dash salt
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 4 cups (1 qt.) milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Miniature marshmallows or sweetened whipped cream (optional)

Directions:

  1. Stir together sugar, cocoa and salt in medium saucepan; stir in water.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil.
  3. Boil and stir 2 minutes.
  4. Add milk; stirring constantly, heat to serving temperature.
  5. Do Not Boil.
  6. Remove from heat; add vanilla.
  7. Beat with rotary beater or whisk until foamy.
  8. Serve topped with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired.

Five 8-oz. servings.

VARIATIONS: Add one of the following with the vanilla extract:

  • SPICED COCOA: 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Serve with cinnamon stick, if desired.
  • MINT COCOA: 1/2 teaspoon mint extract OR 3 tablespoons crushed hard peppermint candy OR 2 to 3 tablespoons white creme de menthe. Serve with peppermint candy stick, if desired.
  • MICROWAVE SINGLE SERVING: Combine 1 heaping teaspoon cocoa powder, 2 heaping teaspoons sugar and dash salt in microwave-safe cup or mug. Add 2 teaspoons cold milk; stir until smooth. Fill cup with milk. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until hot. Stir to blend; serve.

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