Hot Cocoa

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Serving for four

This is straight from the Hershey's Cocoa Powder box.

Things You Need

  • 2 qt or larger pan or pot
  • Range or hot plate
  • Something suitable to stir with
Hot Cocoa Mug

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 4 cups milk
  • 3/4 t vanilla

Directions

  1. Put cocoa powder, sugar, and salt in a large saucepan
  2. Stir the dry ingredients to blend them and break up the cocoa
  3. Add the hot water and stir
  4. Heat this mix to boil and continue to boil for 2 minutes
  5. Add milk and heat, but do not boil or scald the milk
  6. When the mix is heated to your preference, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla
  7. Whip the hot cocoa before serving

Optional

You may add marshmallows, cinnamon, or other items to your hot cocoa before serving


Serves about six 6-oz servings. If you're like me that would be three 12-oz servings.


Serving for twelve to twenty

This is four times the "serves four" recipe. We tried the party size recipe from Hershey's and we like this one better. Their version is provided below so you can try it yourself.

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Things You Need

  • 5 qt or larger pan or pot
  • Range or hot plate
  • Something suitable to stir with
Hot Cocoa Pot

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1 gallon milk
  • 1 T vanilla

Directions

  1. Put cocoa powder, sugar, and salt in a large stock pot
  2. Stir the dry ingredients to blend them and break up the cocoa
  3. Add the hot water and stir
  4. Heat this mix to boil and continue to boil for 2 minutes
  5. Add milk and heat, but do not boil or scald the milk
  6. When the mix is heated to your preference, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla
  7. Whip the hot cocoa before serving

Stir often when serving.

Optional

You may add marshmallows, cinnamon, or other items to your hot cocoa before serving


They say this should give twenty-two 6-oz servings, but I find that our mugs hold much more than just six ounces, so we only get about ten servings from this sized batch.

Also, I use a large non-stick pan. This seems to help keep the milk from scalding and/or sticking to the bottom of the pan. Even with the non-stick pan I do stir frequently.

One more note: Shortly after adding the gallon of milk, the side of the pan should cool down to just a bit hotter than the contents. This makes it acceptable to touch the side of the pan to judge the temperature of the drink. As you can guess, this can be hazardous so touch at your own risk.


Serving for a Crowd

This is from the Hershey Kitchens web page. It's alright but we like the above version better.

Things You Need

  • 5 qt or larger pan or pot
  • Range or hot plate
  • Something suitable to stir with
Hot Cocoa Cups

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1 gallon milk
  • 1 T vanilla

Directions

  1. Put cocoa powder, sugar, and salt in 6-quart saucepan
  2. Stir the dry ingredients to blend them and break up the cocoa
  3. Add the hot water and stir
  4. Heat this mix to boil and continue to boil for 2 minutes
  5. Add milk and heat, but do not boil or scald the milk
  6. When the mix is heated to your preference, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla
  7. Whip the hot cocoa before serving

Optional

You may add marshmallows, cinnamon, or other items to your hot cocoa before serving


Serves about twenty-two 6-oz servings.


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