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Homemade Hot Chocolate

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Hot-chocolate mix is a wintertime staple. A homemade version is delicious and natural -- containing only cocoa, sugar, and salt -- and especially economical compared with store-bought mixes.

  • Yield: Makes 5 3/4 cups dry mix or 92 eight-ounce servings
homemade hot chocolate

Photography: Sang An

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Holiday 2001

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon table salt
  • Whole milk for serving

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine sugar, cocoa, and salt, and whisk to combine well. Store the mixture in an airtight container.

  2. For individual servings, pour 1 cup whole milk into a microwave-safe mug, and microwave on high just until hot. Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa mix, and stir to dissolve. For a larger batch of cocoa, warm the milk in a saucepan set over medium-low heat, taking care not to let the milk boil; as it warms, stir in 2 tablespoons of mix for each cup of milk.

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  • amandalizcavalc
    16 MAY, 2017
    Look how sensational. What a different recipe, this I've never heard of. I need to try this. Hehe .. I have a blog where I talk about Brigadiers Gourmet and como fazer sapatinhos de bebĂȘ para vender.
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  • marthahagler@comcast.net
    11 FEB, 2017
    Martha, Martha here also, whisked the ingredients! Super quick and years overdue.
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  • masonandmommyfu
    15 DEC, 2016
    my son and I loved this recipe! Super simple and delicious (even with water)! You can watch us make it on our youtube channel! https://youtu.be/YCrntqPyees PLEASE SUBSCRIBE!
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  • masonandmommyfu
    15 DEC, 2016
    my son and I loved this recipe! Super simple and delicious (even with water)! You can watch us make it on our youtube channel! https://youtu.be/YCrntqPyees PLEASE SUBSCRIBE!
    Reply
  • masonandmommyfu
    15 DEC, 2016
    my son and I loved this recipe! Super simple and delicious (even with water)! You can watch us make it on our youtube channel! https://youtu.be/YCrntqPyees PLEASE SUBSCRIBE!
    Reply
  • noahsmom14
    13 DEC, 2016
    My son and I wanted hot chocolate but only had one packet left. I went on the internet to find a homemade recipe and this one popped up. Disaster averted! It's delicious! Better than store-bought, and it mixes in better with milk because it doesn't have all the fake ingredients. This also has to be much cheaper, as it makes quite a bit. I add a few peppermint Hershey kisses to the mug. My favorite winter treat.
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  • MS112702038
    2 JAN, 2016
    I was looking to make a small batch, so I just changed the measurements from cups to tablespoons. 3T sugar, 2T cocoa and a pinch of salt. I used one T per mug's worth of milk. It was awesome!
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  • mercy910
    22 DEC, 2014
    This recipe will only be as good as the quality cocoa you use so there is that. I used Frontier Fair Trade Organic Dutch Processed Unsweetened Cocoa, which is fairly high quality, to make mine and it was fantastic. I cut the recipe in half and only used 1.5 Tbs per 8 oz milk because the full two was chocolate overload. I used table salt and granulated sugar like the recipe called for. It was neither too sweet or too salty. I scald my milk on the stove. I also add a drop of vanilla paste. Yummy!
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  • jennidoula
    17 DEC, 2014
    Very salty. I thought it lacked the chocolate taste. I used powdered sugar. So I added more chocolate and sugar to balance it out. Not impressed at all.
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  • chikster11
    26 OCT, 2014
    Excellent!! My kids love it!
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