Do you have memories of your mom or grandmother making old fashioned hot cocoa? Stirring the pot on the stove top? I grew up with this kind of hot cocoa. This was before the day of individual packages in the little cardboard box or at least my world didn't include such. Today I had an overwhelmed young mom over for a visit. She has two little ones 14 months and 3 weeks. She shared the endless story of laundry, lack of sleep, dad not helping enough:), etc. I listened. She asked if I had hot chocolate. I told her I didn't but I could make some old fashioned hot cocoa. I am almost certain she had never heard of it. She asked how I would do that so I told her. She ended up leaving before I got it made but one of my dear sons who loves chocolate asked if we could still make some. So I made some and it hit the spot. My children have grown up with it but I am frequently surprised at the things which are so commonplace in our family and such a surprise to others.
Here is the recipe I used for old fashioned hot cocoa.
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
dash of salt
2/3 cup hot water
8 cups of milk
vanilla or almond flavoring added after making.
I combine the first four ingredients and bring to a boil over medium heat. Then I add the milk and heat until hot though not boiling. Then we turn off the heat and add the flavoring and enjoy. This is very rich and chocolatey. Whipped topping would be a great addition even though I didn't have any this time.
If you have a hot chocolate memory please be sure and share it!
The life and times of the Redding family.