Not your average cocoa

cocoa-recipes

The cold weather has arrived on the WEST SLOPE!  Ready or not it’s here and with it comes yummy treats and fun family traditions.  We’ll visit on family traditions soon but let’s chat about one of my favorite treats today – HOT COCOA!

Now there is nothing wrong with a little Swiss Miss but why stop with that when you can make something super delicious that your family and friends will remember and crave each year as the weather picks up a chill. Here’s a few fun recipes you can give a try.  Don’t forget to submit to us your own favorite recipe by either commenting below or emailing us at info@mavesgroup.com

WHITE HOT COCOA

Ingredients:

4 cups milk of choice (You can substitute half and half, heavy cream, or a mixture.)
1 tsp vanilla extract
8 oz. white chocolate, chopped into small pieces
Whipped Cream or marshmallows for topping
  1. Stir together milk, chocolate and vanilla in small saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the white hot chocolate comes to a simmer. (Do not let it come to a boil.)
  3. Remove from heat and serve immediately, topped with whipped cream or marshmallows if desired.

PEPPERMINT HOT COCOA

Ingredients:

4 cups milk
4 candy canes, crushed
3 oz. dark chocolate (or 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips)

Optional:

  • 4 candy canes to use as stir sticks
  • whipped cream
  • crushed candy cane for garnish
  1. Add milk, crushed candy canes, and chocolate to a medium sauce pan.
  2. Cook over a medium flame, whisking occasionally as the candy canes and chocolate melt.
  3. As the candy and chocolate melt, whisk more vigorously to incorporate ingredients.
  4. Do not let the milk boil as that will cause it to form a skin.
  5. Divide the hot cocoa between 4 cups; top with whipped cream and crushed candy canes. Add a candy cane stirring stick.

MEXICAN SPICED HOT COCOA

Ingredients:
4 cups whole milk1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 cups whole milk
⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup sugar1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cayenne powder
  1. Place 1 cup of milk to a medium saucepan.
  2. Cook over a medium flame until the milk just begins to simmer
  3. Add cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon and cayenne powder to the milk.
  4. Whisk until cocoa, sugar, spices and milk are thoroughly combined.
  5. Slowly add remaining 3 cups of milk, whisking to combine.
  6. Cook over a low flame until the hot cocoa is warmed through.
  7. Server immediately.

DAIRY FREE HOT COCOA

Ingredients:
4 cups Silk Cashew milk
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces

1 tablespoon sugar1 teaspoon vanilla

  1. Add Silk Cashew milk and chocolate to a medium sauce pan.
  2. Cook over a medium flame, whisking occasionally as the chocolate melts.
  3. As the chocolate melts, whisk more vigorously to incorporate ingredients.
  4. Do not let the milk boil as that will cause it to form a skin.
  5. Divide the hot cocoa between 4 cups; top with dairy-free whipped cream and chocolate pieces

CROCKPOT NUTELLA HOT COCOA

Ingredients:
5 cups Milk
½ cup Hershey’s Cocoa
½ cup Nutella
½ cup White Sugar

1 cup Hot Water

  1. Combine Cocoa, Sugar, Nutella, and Hot Water in large pan. Stir, and bring to gentle boil.
  2. Transfer mixture to Crockpot, add Milk, and Stir well.
  3. Cook on HIGH for 2 hours or LOW for 4 hours, or until hot.
  4. Pour into mugs or Mason Jar Mugs, then top with Whip Cream and Sprinkles! ENJOY!!
Recipe can be doubled for a larger batch.
If serving at a party, let simmer on LOW for a delicious holiday or party drink!

CROCKPOT NUTELLA HOT COCOA

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
2 teaspoons Truvia sweetener (more if you want it sweeter)
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (orange extract can be used for even more flavor)
Whipped cream or marshmallows, for topping
Add all ingredients except the whipped cream into your Vitamix blender. If you have a Vitamix Blender that has a hot soup preset option set it and forget it! (Well, don’t forget it…drink it after it’s done) After your hot chocolate is finished pour it into a mug, top with whipped cream or marshmallows. If your Vitamix does not have a preset option simple blend on high until hot. This will take about 4 minutes.

* If you don’t have a Vitamix (or Blendtec) you could simply add all ingredients (except marshmallows and whipped cream) to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until fully melted and combined.

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