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Hot Chocolate (Cocoa) Tips And Recipes

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Cocoa is a wonderful beverage anytime for kids and adults alike. This page contains hot chocolate tips and recipes.


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By 4 found this helpful
January 20, 2010

Make great hot cocoa that just as good or better then Starbucks (a lot cheaper too). Take one envelope of any kind of cocoa mix, pour in your favorite mug. Then add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of flavored creamer (I like French vanilla), and then pour the rest of the way with hot water!

By amanda wharton from Bethesda, OH

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February 7, 2011

If you are one of the thousands like me that suffer from migraines, this might interest you. Chocolate is one thing that I have had to give up, bah humbug! With our cold winters, nothing was better than a hot mug of hot chocolate to warm me up. Now I substitute a cup of hot milk with coffee creamer. There are so many flavors, I don't feel so bad about not having my hot chocolate any more.

By Ann Winberg from Loup City,NE

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By 1 found this helpful
July 26, 2010

The combination of the peanut and cocoa is perfect! It's simple and easy to make also.



Heat the water or milk for 1 1/2 minutes, or until warm enough for your taste.

Pour in your package of cocoa and your teaspoon of peanut powder.

Mix well and top with your favorite hot cocoa toppings.

Servings: 1 cup
Time:About 2 Minutes Preparation Time
About 1 1/2 Minutes Cooking Time

By Bekah

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December 18, 2008

Add milk to hot chocolate or cocoa! I worry about Hubby and Son getting enough calcium, so I often add some cold milk to their hot cocoa or chocolate. It cools the drink down enough for Son, and adds a nice flavor to inexpensive powdered mixes. And it uses up milk in the not-drinking-much months!

By Dorrie from Norman, OK

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October 30, 20081 found this helpful

Blend cocoa and sugar in a small bowl. In a medium pan, heat milk to scalding. Mix about 1/3 cup of the hot milk into the cocoa and sugar and make a thick syrup...

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November 10, 20000 found this helpful

Buy a packaged quality cocoa mix approximately 4-5 weeks before you plan to use it. Place it in a canning jar.


Add a vanilla bean or two, ground cinnamon and sugar mixed to taste. Replace canning lid and seal tightly.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 30, 2012

With cold weather just around the corner, this is a great recipe to keep handy for cool evenings!

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May 14, 2012

This is a great hot chocolate recipe! Nice to make up ahead of time and keep in an airtight container.

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By 0 found this helpful
January 2, 2007

In a small saucepan, combine milk and syrup over medium-low heat, stirring. Be careful not to let it boil. Pour into glass mug.

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June 9, 2006

In a large saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa and salt. Stir in hot water and butter; bring to a boil. Add the milk, maple flavoring, vanilla and 8 marshmallows.


Heat through, stirring occasionally, until marshmallows are melted.

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December 23, 20140 found this helpful

I'm making hot chocolate with milk and melted chocolate, and a few other ingredients. Does anyone know, if I make it ahead of time can it be reheated without separating?

By Diana R.


December 24, 20140 found this helpful

Reheating should not be a problem. Even if there is some separation, reheating and stirring or mixing should result in the same chocolate milk.

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December 11, 20060 found this helpful

I'm searching for the post of the recipe for hot cocoa made with chocolate pudding but can't find it. Can anybody share their copy please?

Nellie from Franklin, IN


By Judy (Guest Post)
December 15, 20060 found this helpful

you can find that recipe at Enjoy

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March 16, 20170 found this helpful

Here is a delicious drink to warm you up on a cold winter day. This page contains caramel cocoa recipe.

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January 20, 20100 found this helpful

To perk up a cup of instant hot cocoa, I like to put in a little something extra. I add a dash of flavoring to the prepared hot cocoa, such as vanilla extract, peppermint extract, even coconut or almond is good! I also like to put in a "shot" of half n half or cream if I have it, just to make it even richer.


By Carol from Landisville, PA


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Good idea. I also like to add maybe 1/4-1/2 tsp of instant coffee to my hot cocoa. (11/12/2007)

By tracey

Perking Up Instant Hot Cocoa

Coffee creamer works great! Give the flavors a try too! (11/12/2007)

By Julie

Perking Up Instant Hot Cocoa

Add a handful of chocolate chips to make it taste a little richer (11/12/2007)

By suzanne

Perking Up Instant Hot Cocoa

Another great addition to hot chocolate is a spoonful of marshmallow cream! Mmmmm! (11/12/2007)

By Brenda

Perking Up Instant Hot Cocoa

Baileys is great too and it will perk you up. (11/13/2007)

By so good

Perking Up Instant Hot Cocoa

Mmmm, peppermint schnapps for the grown ups! We do this, topped with whipped cream, with a candy cane 'swizzle stick' for our holiday party. The kids get the same, less the schnapps! (11/15/2007)

By Dani

Perking Up Instant Hot Cocoa

I do this, too, amaretto flavoring is really good. Cream de menthe, is, too. (04/12/2008)

By badwater

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