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Perfect{ly Simple} Hot Cocoa with Vanilla Sugar

Have you ever made a hot cocoa recipe with 34 ingredients <cough America’s Test Kitchen cough> because you thought “This must be the best cocoa ever!”…only to discover half an hour and many lost ingredients later, you would’ve just preferred a nice little packet of Swiss Miss?

This has been the story of my life. Until now. It all starts with a recipe for something you can easily keep on hand in the pantry: vanilla sugar.

 

Vanilla Sugar

One (or more) shell of a used-up vanilla bean

Sugar

Bury your vanilla bean(s) in a small jar of sugar. In a week or so, the bean will provide a wonderful fragrance and taste. Use it anywhere you’d normally use sugar. Top off jar with fresh sugar as needed.

Homemade vanilla sugar

Homemade vanilla sugar

Now that you have your Secret Vanilla Sugar Weapon, you’re ready to make some cocoa!

 

Perfect{ly Simple} Hot Cocoa with Vanilla Sugar

Milk (whole or, if you must, reduced fat)

1 Tbsp. vanilla sugarĀ 

1 Tbsp. cocoa powder

Baking spices (optional)

Measure out 8 oz. (1 cup) of milk. Pour about a tablespoon into your mug. Heat the remaining milk on the stove to desired temperature. While milk warms up, mix your sugar, cocoa powder and spices into the mug to moisten. (I added some baking spices that I received as a gift, but the spices didn’t help the flavor, in my opinion.) Carefully pour your hot milk into the mug, stir and top with whipped cream or marshmallows.

Voila! Hot cocoa!

Voila! Hot cocoa!

Now wasn’t that just as easy as Swiss Miss? And it tastes better, too!

Do you have a favorite hot cocoa recipe?

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2 Comments

  1. Posted January 30, 2013 at 12:10 am | #

    only 1 Tbsp sugar & cocoa each? i feel like i’d need at least 3!

  2. Stacey Viera
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 12:14 am | #

    Yes, Liv! It was perfect for me, but adjust to your taste.

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