Jamie says: I was in the holiday spirit and was thinking of the tasty little treats that come along with the season… candy canes and hot cocoa instantly came to mind. I knew we didn’t have any candy canes. So I added them to the grocery list- “candy canes- USA or Mexico” I wrote (I wasn’t ready to be surprised by what might be in the ones made in China). Then, I opened the pantry and started my search for hot cocoa. After moving almost every box of tea and bag of coffee, I still couldn’t find it. It was time to make my own…
The last hot cocoa I had was a gift to my Mom from Williams-Sonoma. It came in a tin and had chunks of chocolate in it. I was inspired by the memory, so I added a heaping tablespoon of mini chocolate morsels to my cup…
The natural unsweetened cocoa made some nice patterns on top…
It was comforting, warm, and had just the right amount of sweetness.
Homemade Hot Chocolate
- 1 Tbsp mini semi-sweet chocolate morsels (Publix)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp natural unsweetened cocoa (Hershey’s)
- 1 cup fat free milk (Horizon organic fat-free milk with DHA Omega-3)
- Scoop chocolate morsels and cocoa into a coffee cup or mug. Pour milk on top.
- Microwave for 1 minute 45 seconds. Stir. Enjoy melted chocolate on bottom with a spoon.
- Nutrition note: Most hot cocoa packets have trans fats in them (disguised as partially hydrogenated oils in the ingredients listed on the label). Skip the bad-for-you fat and make your own. Using the cocoa and milk brands used in this version, you’ll also have the added benefits of omega-3s (good-for-you fat) and fiber.