Homemade Hot Cocoa – “The Mitten” Method

Hot chocolate recipes for the corn-free, soy-free and dairy-free individual are hard to come by. This is a very tasty recipe that works splendidly! It is taken from Jan Brett’s picture book, The Mitten, and slightly altered to fit our dietary restrictions.

Hot Cocoa

½ – 1 c. sugar (I use just ½ c.)

½ c. cocoa powder

¼ t. salt

2/3 c. water

4 c. milk (I use 2 c. Almond Milk and 2 additional cups of water)

2 t. vanilla

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a saucepan. Cook until just about to boil. Add milk and continue stirring until heated through (do not boil!). Add vanilla. Remove from heat. Stir. Serve.

Jan Brett’s The Mitten is not only superb for its tasty recipe, it is also an adorable book to read!

Here’s a summary of the story: When Nicki drops one of his new white mittens in the snow, he doesn’t even notice it’s missing. One by one, the woodland animals discover the mitten and crawl inside, each one larger than the last: a mole, a rabbit, even a big, brown bear! Several animals sleep snugly in Nicki’s lost mitten until the bear sneezes!

Enjoy that hot cocoa!

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