Saturday, January 5, 2013

Grandma's Old-Fashioned Cocoa

We all have wonderful memories of our childhood that flood our senses from time to time. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of the times we spend with our grandparents.

We spend alot of time with our grandparents, but especially with our  maternal grandparents who greeted us with warm smiles on every occasion.  Grandma would  always make certain that she had something special for us during each and every visit to her house.  She always had freshly baked cookies waiting in her cookie jar and in the wintertime she always treated us with her delicious old-fashioned homemade cocoa piled high with marshmellows.

Wintertime always reminds us all of our grandmother's old-fashioned homemade cocoa. She could whip it up in nothing flat and fill it chock full of an abundance of love for us all. I remember how she smiled at each and every one of us as she carefully sat that warm mug of cocoa in front of us. Our eyes magnified with joy as we nutured every sip until we reached the bottom of the mug.

My mother carried on the tradition with her grandchildren, And I have tried to keep the tradition alive in our family yet to this day. I hope you and your family will enjoy our old-fashioned homemade cocoa as much as we have.......

Grandma's Old-Fashioned Cocoa

Single Serving(1 large mug)

1 rounded tsp. baking cocoa powder
1-3 tsp. granulated sugar
dash of  salt
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 tsp. butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract


Large Serving(6 cups)

5 rounded tsp. baking cocoa powder
1/2 to 1 cup granulated sugar
dash of salt
12 oz. can evaporated milk
12 oz. can water
3 cups whole milk
1 Tab. butter
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

In a heavy saucepan combine the cocoa, sugar and salt, mixing together. Add a small amount of the milk a little at a time to form a thin cocoa paste. Turn heat on medium, continue  slowly adding  the milk  until it is evenly incorporated into the cocoa mixture and there are no lumps. Stir this mixture consistantly so that it doesn't burn.

If you are making the large serving, now is the time to add the water, then continue to stir. Using a whisk is most helpful at this stage. Once the cocoa is warm, then add the butter and vanilla. Continue to slowly stir until the cocoa reaches the desired hottness. Do not let it come to boiling!

Pour into mugs or cups. If desired, add small or large marshmellows. Enjoy!

***You can refrigerate any leftover cocoa and either reheat it or use it  as chocolate milk. You can also fill popsicle holders to make homemade fudgesicles.

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