A snow day calls for hot cocoa. Let’s be honest, I’ll use any excuse to make this hot cocoa. When you want something more luxurious than the usual cocoa mix & hot water combo, this is the one to make.
Start by heating milk in a heavy pot on medium heat. A heavy pot is important here because it helps prevent the milk from scorching. This is the one I use. Then stir in sugar, cocoa, and a pinch of salt. Whisk until everything is fully combined and the milk becomes frothy. Turn off the heat and stir in vanilla before pouring into a mug. I like to top mine with both marshmallows and whipped cream. Makes it even more decadent!
I mention using dark cocoa powder, but regular is fine to use if that’s what you have on hand.
- 8 oz milk
- 2 tbsp dark cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- assorted toppings optional
Heat milk in a saucepan over medium low heat.
Add in sugar, cocoa, and salt and stir with a whisk until the cocoa dissolves and the milk becomes frothy.
Remove from heat and add in vanilla.
Pour into a mug and top with marshmallows and/or whipped cream. Caramel sauce, chocolate shavings, or crushed candy cane make great toppings, too.
This recipe was originally shared on my Snow Day Essentials post, but I felt it was worthy of its on home here!