Friday, December 12, 2008

A Cup of Cocoa

Snow is on the way this weekend and nothing makes me feel cozy and warm like a steaming cup of hot cocoa. Not being a coffee-drinker, I fancy myself a "cocoa connoisseur" of sorts. Those little packets of powdered milk cocoa mix won't cut it around my house; it's got to be made from scratch. The ingredients are simple: good quality cocoa powder, sugar, and milk. Add a splash of vanilla extract or a spoonful of Torani flavoring to make it extra-special. Top it off with some real whipped cream and sit back and watch the snow fall!

For one incredibly good cup of hot cocoa:

In a cup or mug, combine 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 generous teaspoon cocoa powder*. Stir well until the cocoa is thoroughly blended with the sugar. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons Torani flavoring (I like Almond Roca or Hazelnut) and stir well into a smooth paste. If you don't have any flavoring, just use a tablespoon of milk. Add milk to fill the cup (whole milk is best, if you have it on hand, but I usually use 1%) and stir to combine. Microwave for about 1 minute and 35 seconds. Stir well again and top with a splash of cream or a dollop of whipped cream and if you really want to treat yourself, grate some dark chocolate on top. (Mini-marshmallows are reserved for the kids!)

*These amounts are for the standard teacup I usually use. If you're filling a big mug you will want to increase the sugar and cocoa.

1 comment:

DaveHighley said...

Your Cocoa sounds grand! We use the church's cocoa mix then we add some Hersey's kisses and maybe mini marshmallows. Quite yummy, especially on these cold days. Phyllis's sister loves those Torani flavorings. We have bought 2 bottles but have not tried them yet.