My children love to sip a cup of hot cocoa on these cold winter days. It’s become a Wood family treat with many varieties based off of the children’s creativity and mood of the day. I thought with the cold front we’ve had moving in across the midwest others might enjoy this beverage made from scratch as well.
Did you know that it is best to wait and enjoy your cup of hot cocoa once you’re inside? Studies show that drinking hot cocoa in the cold actually causes you to sweat and thus cools the body off.
There is other research that showed hot cocoa will taste better if served in a cream or orange colored mug. Now, this one I just have to try! The color of the mug had no impact on the taste of the drink yet, the scientist claimed that it did have an impact on our brain and perception of what we are tasting. You can read more about that report HERE
Now, that I’ve given you your hot cocoa trivia for the day. Let’s move onto the recipe! If you make this for your own family, make sure to come back and give us your thoughts on taste and any alterations you would make.
- ½ cup bitter cocoa
- ⅓ cup honey
- ¼ cup chocolate chips (we prefer milk chocolate chips)
- 1 quart milk
- Heat milk over med heat, stirring often. Add bitter cocoa and honey. In a double boiler melt chocolate chips. Add melted chocolate to hot milk mixture. Continue heating and stir until completely blended. Add whip cream and shaved chocolate to the top.