Since my kids were little, I've been making homemade. Homemade hot cocoa really couldn't be easier. When it is made with no added chemicals, preservatives, and real milk- it can't be beat.
This recipe for maple syrup hot cocoa I found over at a site I love called diy Natural. This is essentially the same exact recipe I had been making for years, but they used pure maple syrup as the sweetener instead of refined granulated sugar. Let me tell you friends, this is seriously delicious.
(Source: diy Natural)
1/4 cup cocoa powder (I personally love Hershey's Special Dark)
pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
4 cups whole milk (please do not skimp on this)
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
1. Mix together the salt, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and water in a medium sized sauce pan. Bring the mixture to a boil and boil for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
2. Add the milk and heat until it reaches a desired temperature, being careful not to boil it.
3. Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla. Serve with homemade marshmallows.