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Cooking with the Library–Hot Chocolate from Scratch

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Hot chocolate is a tasty treat that will help keep you warm as the weather starts to chill. To make it really special, try making it from scratch using the following recipe!



  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder (Dutch pressed/special dark is preferred)
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 cups milk (can be skim, 2%, whole, or use a dairy alternative)
  • Optional: vanilla extract, whipped cream, extra chocolate syrup, marshmallows, etc.


  1. First, you must make a chocolate syrup. Combine sugar and cocoa powder in a pan on the stove. Add in hot water and stir until everything is dissolved. Bring the pan up to low/medium heat and bring liquid to a boil. Continue stirring and allow to boil for a minute or two. Sprinkle in the salt. If you want, you can set this chocolate syrup aside in a tight container and refrigerate to use later. It should stay good in your fridge for several days, and tastes great on ice cream or in fancy coffee beverages as well.
  2. To continue making hot chocolate, add milk slowly to the chocolate syrup, continuing to stir. Allow milk to heat up slowly. It will be ready when you can begin to see steam coming off the surface of the milk.
  3. Serve in your favorite mug with your preferred hot chocolate accoutrements such as whipped cream or marshmallows, and curl up on the couch with a book!