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Hot Cocoa

1/2 c Sugar
1/4 c Hershey's Cocoa
ds Salt
1/3 c Hot water
4 c (1 qt.) milk
3/4 ts Vanilla extract
Miniature marshmallows or sweetened whipped cream (optional)

In medium saucepan, stir together sugar, cocoa and salt; stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Add milk; stirring constantly, heat to serving temperature. Do Not Boil. Remove from heat; add vanilla. Beat with rotary beater or whisk until foamy.

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.

Citrus Cocoa: 1/2 teaspoon orange extract or 2 to 3 tablespoons orange liqueur.

Swiss Mocha: 2 to 2-1/2 teaspoons powdered instant coffee.

Cocoa au Lait: Omit whipped cream. Spoon 2 tablespoons softened vanilla ice cream on top of each cup cocoa at serving time.

Cocoa: Omit sugar. Combine cocoa, salt and water; substitute skim milk. Proceed as above. With vanilla, stir in sugar substitute with sweetening equivalence of 1/2 cup sugar.

Canadian Cocoa: 1/2 teaspoon maple extract.

Microwave Single Serving: In microwave-safe cup or mug, combine 1 heaping teaspoon Hershey's Cocoa, 2 heaping teaspoons sugar and dash salt. 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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