by Sandra Lewis    Fri, Dec 9, 2005, 12:35 PM

snowmanmug.jpgWith a thermometer reading of 16 degrees last night Dallas dipped just below the record low of 17 that was recorded on this day in 1919.

Baby, it’s cold outside!

(Of course, being the native Dallassite that I am anytime the Fahrenheit falls below 75 I’m cold.)

So now that it’s really cold it’s time to enjoy some hot chocolate. Cold weather and hot chocolate go together like…well, I’m not sure what. Perhaps you can post your ideas on this.

The point is if you’re going to drink hot chocolate you might as well enjoy a great (not good, great!) cup. It’s easier than you think and the recipe posted below is made with real cocoa and milk.  Notice the natural ingredient list?

WARNING: Once you drink it you’ll never once again be satisfied with the prepackaged powder (that isn’t real cocoa and has lots of extra chemicals that you don’t need anyways) stuff.

This is an easy concoction and the only way to go.

The Best Hot Chocolate
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
1/8 teaspoon salt
¾ cup hot water
2 ¼ cups milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla, if desired

Mix sugar, cocoa, and salt in a saucepan. Stir in hot water until chocolate mixture is thoroughly mixed. Stir in milk and heat on low until heated through; avoid boiling. Makes 5 (2/3 cup) servings.

Sandra's Kitchen Notes:

  • I've never used the ¼ teaspoon of vanilla. It's a bit too frufru for me; I prefer not to stray from the pure hot chocolate taste.
  • Sprinkling a few marshmallows in my cup is a very necessary indulgence.
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