A Great Cup of Cocoa

  • Active Time 10m
  • Total Time 10m

Serves 4-6


  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream, or 1 additional cup milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Miniature marshmallows (optional)


In a heavy saucepan, stir together the cocoa powder and sugar. Gradually whisk in the hot water. Stir in the milk, cream, and salt, and set the pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until just steaming (do not boil).

Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. For a frothy beverage, beat the cocoa with a hand-held electric mixer for about 1 minute. Ladle the cocoa into mugs, top with marshmallows, if desired, and serve immediately.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Chronicle. All rights reserved.

RecID 1521

nutrition information per serving

250 calories; 18g total fat; 63mg cholesterol; 77mg sodium; 20g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 6g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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