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How to Make Real Old Fashioned Hot Chocolate :: Cocoa

Updated on October 4, 2013

Make Hot Chocolate the Old Fashioned Way

My mother used to make hot chocolate (she always called it hot cocoa) on the stove with milk and real cocoa powder. We had it often for breakfast and on cold evenings. I can still remember the smell of the milk scalding on the stove, and then the wonderful aroma of the baking chocolate being added. Often it was accompanied by cinnamon toast or homemade biscuits. What a treat! What a memory!

"Would You Like a Cup of Cocoa This Morning?" ~ My Mom

"Would You Like a Cup of Cocoa This Morning?"       ~ My Mom
"Would You Like a Cup of Cocoa This Morning?" ~ My Mom

How My Mother Made Hot Chocolate

Nothing Fancy, but so good!

Mom would put one cup of milk per serving in a small saucepan on the stove on medium heat. Once the milk was hot she would take about two heaping teaspoons of Hershey's Cocoa (unsweetened) per cup and an equal amount of sugar or slightly more, and stir them into the milk. As the milk heated to just short of a boil, all the chocolate lumps would dissolve. By stirring constantly it didn't burn on the bottom of the pan, preventing a scorched taste. It only took about two or three minutes to make hot chocolate this way.

The most important thing to remember. . .

Don't let the milk burn. If you can't watch it constantly, use a double boiler, or a pan with boiling water under the pan with the milk.

Hot Chocolate Gift Idea

Prepare homemade chocolate mix by blending equal parts unsweetened cocoa powder with granulated sugar. Add some cinnamon and peppermint sticks for stirers and choose some chocolate mugs and you have a very simple, but thoughtfully handmade (or at least hand assembled) gift.

Spode Blue Room Sentiment Mug -- Chocolate a perfect substance in an imperfect world.

Spode Blue Room Sentiment Mug -- Chocolate a perfect substance in an imperfect world.
Spode Blue Room Sentiment Mug -- Chocolate a perfect substance in an imperfect world.

* Each packed in a Blue Room window box

* Makes a great gift for family and friends

* Dishwasher and microwave safe

* Made of high quality Earthenware

* 4 inch tall, 16 ounce

 

French Hot Chocolate Powder in Canister with Scoop

French Hot Chocolate Powder in Canister with Scoop - 2.2 lbs.
French Hot Chocolate Powder in Canister with Scoop - 2.2 lbs.

Only the finest cocoa beans have been selected to produce this traditional powdered Chocolate. Powerfully flavorful, the richness of its body yields undertones of fruitiness, which blend with the natural vanilla for a subtle and smooth finish. The careful roasting of the beans selected from renowned provenances brings out the excellence of the natural aroma ofthe cocoa beans ripened in the tropics. Directions: place 2 tablespoons in a cup or mug. Add hot milk. Stir briskly.

 

Hot Chocolate Mugs

Hot Chocolate Mugs by BIA Cordon Bleu - Set of 4
Hot Chocolate Mugs by BIA Cordon Bleu - Set of 4

These charming porcelain mugs will make hot or cold chocolate drinks even more delicious. This set comes with four mugs, each embossed with a different variation of chocolate drinks. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Check out our hot chocolate accessories and make a set. 4 inches h. - 12 oz.

 

Cocoa Powder - Unsweetened

Ghirardelli Chocolate Baking Cocoa, Unsweetened Cocoa, Cans, 10 oz
Ghirardelli Chocolate Baking Cocoa, Unsweetened Cocoa, Cans, 10 oz

Ghirardelli's rich signature baking cocoa is created by a precise blend of deep roasted cocoa beans and hand-selected ingredients. Ghirardelli's premium quality ingredients and recipes used in its baking cocoa ensure your desserts will redefine chocolate indulgence.

10 ounce/283 gram canister.

 

Retro Hot Chocolate Maker

Nostalgia Electrics HCM700 Retro Series Hot Chocolate Maker
Nostalgia Electrics HCM700 Retro Series Hot Chocolate Maker

The Cocoa Latte Hot Drink Maker brings the caf experience home. Automatically heat whip and mix instant cocoa coffee and tea into frothy cafe-style drinks. The auto shut-off ensures that drinks won t be overheated. The 32-ounce container with a twist and lock lid and non-stick heating element is safe and easy to clean. Includes 35 delicious hot drink recipes. Available in White or Brushed Chrome with transparent Carafe.

 

Enlightened Chocolate: More Than 200 Decadently Light, Lowfat, and Inspired Recipes Using Dark Chocolate and Unsweetened Cocoa P

Enlightened Chocolate: More Than 200 Decadently Light, Lowfat, and Inspired Recipes Using Dark Chocolate and Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Enlightened Chocolate: More Than 200 Decadently Light, Lowfat, and Inspired Recipes Using Dark Chocolate and Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Enlightened Chocolate is the first volume in the Enlightened Cooking cookbook series by Camilla Saulsbury. Each volume unites two major trends in contemporary home cooking. First, lighter cooking, specifically recipes and ideas for cooking at home that keep fat and calories in balance. Second, quick, convenient cooking.The result of the union? Inspired cookbooks offering real solutions for today's busy, health-conscious cooks.

 

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      seedplanter 8 years ago

      My mom made it this way too. I wish I had the deep pan she used for it. It was a classic! Nice memory, too. Thanks for nudging my memory bank! Your photo makes me long for a nice mug of the old-fashioned cocoa.

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      Vicki 6 years ago from USA

      I can't think of a better aroma than homemade hot cocoa simmering on the stove! My mom used to make it, too, and it was delicious. Mom would also make homemade fudge sauce to pour over ice cream using a similar recipe. I can smell it now! Great lens -- thanks for my little trip down memory lane....and for the chocolate craving!!! I lensrolled this to my Vintage Cookbooks lens, and because I can picture my grandmother sipping her hot cocoa or coffee while wearing one of her many aprons, I gave you a lensroll to my Vintage Aprons lens. Cheers! ~Vicki~

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      A mug of hot chocolate on a cold evening definitely does the trick. Sounds like a great recipe.

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      orange3 lm 5 years ago

      This looks so good! Just like my grandma used to make it :)

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      My mom still makes cocoa this way using Hersey's like you described. To me that is the ONLY right way to make it.

      TonyB

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      It's good to stop and remember good things the way they were originally made . . . thanks for the memories . . . :)

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