Homestyle Hot Cocoa Recipe

10min | 4 servings | 332 cal

“Perfect for snowy winter nights.”


½ cup white sugar
⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
1 pinch salt
⅓ cup boiling water
3 cups milk
1 cup half-and-half, divided
¾ tsp vanilla extract
8 large marshmallows (optional)
8 chocolate chips (optional)

Prep: 5min | Cook: 5min | Ready in: 10min

Step 1
Whisk together sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon and salt in a saucepan; stir in boiling water. Whisk until sugar is dissolved.

Step 2
Bring cocoa mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes; stir milk and ½ cup half-and-half into water mixture. Cook and stir until hot, about 2 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in remaining half-and-half and vanilla extract.

Step 3
Divide cocoa into mugs. Press chocolate chips into marshmallows; top each cup with two marshmallows. Enjoy!

Tip: Ground cinnamon may be omitted in lieu of a whole cinnamon stick, used for garnish.