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Ultimate hot cocoa recipe

Dawn Viola is a research and development chef and food writer. She serves on the board of directors for Slow Food Orlando, and works with local and national companies as a healthy recipe consultant with a focus on organic, local and sus...

Make gourmet-style hot cocoa at home

Single-serve mugs of creamy hot cocoa are just seconds away when they're made to order in the microwave. With the addition of holiday-flavored extracts like peppermint and vanilla, a seemingly simple holiday drink becomes the ultimate treat.

Make gourmet-style hot cocoa at home

Gourmet hot cocoa recipe

Serves 1


  • 3/4 cup whole or skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint, orange or almond extract (optional)
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Homemade marshmallows (optional)


  1. In a microwave-safe mug, combine milk, cocoa, sugar and extracts. Place mug in microwave and heat on high 60 seconds.
  2. Stir and microwave 30 seconds more or until mixture is hot. Remove mug from microwave; let stand 30 seconds. If desired, serve with cinnamon and homemade marshmallows.

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