It's cold out. Crazy cold. The high tomorrow is supposed to be NEGATIVE 6, with wind chills of -35. That's just not right. We got some snow yesterday, which meant I didn't make my weekly grocery run today. When my boys got home from school, they were freezing and I asked if they wanted hot chocolate. Then I went to the pantry and realized we were out of mix! I didn't even have any chocolate syrup. I won't let something like that stand between my frozen children and hot chocolate, though.
I whipped this cocoa up for them, and Jake said, "This is the best hot chocolate ever, and I'm not just saying that." Well, there you go. Proof positive. It's the best hot chocolate ever.
Stovetop hot cocoa
1/3 cup boiling water
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 cups milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Whipped cream, if desired
Bring 1/3 cup water to a boil. In a separate saucepan, whisk all the dry ingredients together. Add boiling water and whisk. Heat until boiling. Add milk and vanilla, whisk together, and heat until hot but not boiling. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired.
That's it! This was super easy and so good. I'm not saying I won't buy those quick and easy hot chocolate mix packets anymore, but it's good to know we can still have hot chocolate when we run out!