There’s nothing much better than waking up or coming in from the cold to a fresh cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day. By “fresh”, I’m talking about using only real ingredients: cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla extract, maybe a dash of salt and milk. That’s it: pure, honest and clean – and far fewer and much easier to pronounce ingredients than those found in a container or packet of instant hot chocolate powder that’s intended to be mixed with hot water.
The only drawback to making fresh hot chocolate is taking the time to warm up milk on the stove without burning it to the bottom of a cooking pot. So, how ‘bout we get rid of the pot and stove and just make the hot chocolate with the same fresh ingredients right in a mug using the microwave oven to warm it exactly the way we like it? Easy!
You’ll see in the recipe below that I use 2 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of sugar, which makes for a flavorful but not very sweet hot chocolate. I recommend starting with that ratio of cocoa powder to sugar and then adding sugar to suit your taste after you give the hot chocolate its first blast of warmth as mentioned in step 5. Again: all very easy – and even easier if you download the complete step-by-step picture book recipe by clicking either picture on this page.
Preparation Time: 1-2 minutes
Cooking Time: 1-2 minutes
Needed (to make about 12 ounces)
- 2 Teaspoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Dash Salt (optional, but enriches chocolate flavor)
- Whipped Cream (optional – but great!)
- Large Microwave Safe Mug