Hot Cocoa, Like Grandma Used to Make

Grandma’s always make the best hot cocoa. Why? Because it was made from scratch. Believe it or not, it is pretty easy to make hot cocoa. With the cool rainy Autumn days upon us and long, cold winter nights just around the corner, here’s the recipe so you can stay warm and cozy:

Hot Cocoa, Like Grandma Used to Make


  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 12 cups milk

In a large saucepan add cocoa, sugar and salt. Gradually stir in 4 cups of warm milk. Set over low heat at stir occasionally for 8-10 minutes. Add remaining 8 cups of milk and heat until scalding. Do not boil. Serve in mugs. Sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg or top with marshmallows. Makes 12 servings.

To make a single serving, use 1 tbsp cocoa, 1 tbsp sugar, pinch of salt, 1/3 cup water and 2/3 cup milk. Pour all ingredients into a sauce pant and heat slowly until scalding.

Make it adult style by pouring cocoa into a mug and adding 1/2 oz Bailey’s and 1/2 oz Frangelico.

Hot Cocoa, Like Grandma Used to Make
Hot Cocoa, Like Grandma Used to Make

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