MMmmm... cold weather, hot chocolate. The two just go to together, but even if we don't have cold weather, a cup of creamy hot chocolate is satisfying to the point of making us feel guilty!
On the side of Hershey's powdered baking cocoa used to be a recipe that we used long before there was any such thing as hot chocolate mix or "instant" hot chocolate. It's simple and not hard at all, and, like most from scratch foods and drinks, it tastes better than the premade variety.
It goes like this:
- 1/4 cup baking cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup sugar (start with a little less and add more to suit yourself when it's done)
- Pinch of salt.
- Quart of milk
- 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla
Mix these ingredients in a large saucepan and add about a quarter to a third cup of hot water to dissolve the sugar and mix the chocolate in. Bring this to a boil and boil a couple of minutes, then add the milk all at once and heat thoroughly. Add the vanilla just before serving. Yield: 4 cups.