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Hot cocoa

Hot cocoa
Los Angeles Times

As soon as we turned the corner onto La Rambla, Barcelona's famed pedestrian street, I was ready to sit down at the first outdoor table and order that hot chocolate. The one I had yet to taste. The one that ... Read more

Total time: 10 minutes | Serves 4
  • 1/4 cup (or 1/2 cup) premium or Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup (or 1/3 cup) sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup (or 1 cup) hot water
  • 2 1/2 cups (or 2 1/4 cups) milk
  • 3/4 cup (or 1/2 cup) half-and-half
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional

Step 1In a medium saucepan, mix the cocoa powder, sugar, salt and water. Stir over medium-high heat, dissolving any lumps. Bring to a boil, then immediately lower the heat and simmer for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Step 2Stir in the milk and half-and-half, and continue to cook until just heated through. Remove from the heat and add vanilla, if using. Serve immediately.

Note: You can make a milk-chocolate or dark-chocolate drink using the same ingredients just by varying the proportions. The first set of measurements is for a milk-chocolate cocoa. To make a dark-chocolate cocoa, use the amounts in parentheses.

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