Saturday, November 22, 2008

Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot #12: Hot Beverages

HOT COCOA! That is what ran through my mind when Carly wrote about this challenge. Hot Cocoa was one of the very first things I learned to cook. First you got out a pan, then you measured cocoa and sugar added a little milk to mix the cocoa and sugar into a syrup and then added the appropriate number of cups of milk. I would turn up the heat and stir and stir, you did not want it to burn on the bottom of the pan, it just needs to be warm enough to almost boil.

This is the recipe I use:

Favorite Hot Cocoa

I heaping teaspoon Hershey's Cocoa

2 heaping teaspoons Sugar

Dash of Salt

Add two teaspoons Milk and stir until smooth.

Heat one cup of Milk: Fill mug: Sir and Serve
You can also add a little vanilla if you wish..and marshmallows. I like mine plain..plain jane..simple but yummy! A word of those of you who have never made a cup of Hot Cocoa from scratch..if you don't combine the sugar and cocoa and make a syrup before adding the milk..all the cocoa just sits on top of your milk and is impossible to mix in properly. Just so you know..microwaving for just one minute will make all the floating cocoa behave. Just in case you forget I did. What is impossible to forget is that wonderful made from scratch Hot Cocoa Flavor!

Grab something hot to drink and lets head over to Ellipsis to see what other favorites will tempt us:)


  1. Hi Connie :)

    My goodness that sounds delicious. :) I haven't made it from scratch before, but I am learning about how good dark chocolate is for the body, so I am ready willing and able to drink a little health food! LOL. I will try your recipe, yum, I am already looking forward to it. Lovely photo as always nice lady, I like the ducky place mat and matching mug. Wonderful.

    Always, Carly

  2. That is how we have always made it also, my mom taught me. I was thinking hot buttered rums, LOL but have to work all weekend.

  3. Ah yes, I remember making cocoa this way, too. I have a question about the photo challenges. Are they still ongoing and how does one get involved? Thanks,

  4. Yummy! Lovely photo too.

  5. I'm digging thru the cabinets right now to see if we have in cocoa. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. I love hot chocolate and I always have a can of hersey at home, but they are mostly used for baking cakes/muffins.

  7. A big Yum! I'm going to try your recipe! :-)

  8. I focussed on your lovely mat under the cup of cocoa because I must 'duck' all caffeine but I could still smell the temptation rising from your photograph :D

  9. Thanks for the tip! I tried to add a little Hershey's to a cup of 7-11 hot chocolate last week, and it was a disaster. I'll try it your way next time.


I love your comments! I am glad you stopped by! Connie