According to Wikipedia, the origin of hot chocolate is believed to have come from the Mayan people over 2000 years ago. Cocoa beverages became very popular in Europe after being introduced from Mexico in the late 15th century.
Typically made from melted chocolate or cocoa powder, sugar, milk, and water, this popular cold weather drink is loved by many and served in coffees shops along side tea and lattes.
If you’ve never made homemade hot cocoa, you’re in for a real treat. As convenient as individual packets of powdered hot chocolate are, there is no comparison between quality and taste when making this favorite warm beverage at home.
Flavored with crushed candy canes, this recipe is easy enough for older kids to make by themselves with supervision. Younger kids can help by measuring out ingredients and stirring everything right before you, the parent, pour the hot cocoa into individual mugs. Preschool aged children will love adding marshmallows and placing a candy cane stirrer stick (with the hook end facing down) in each mug. Enjoy!
Recipe: Candy Cane Hot Cocoa
A warm and festive treat.
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 standard size candy canes, crushed into a fine powder
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 cups milk
- 3/4 cup half-and-half cream
- mini marshmallows (optional)
- optional garnish: 4 standard size candy canes
- In a saucepan, bring water to boil. Reduce heat to medium and stir in cocoa powder, candy cane powder, sugar, and salt until smooth. Reduce heat to medium heat and add milk and half-and-half. Allow the hot chocolate to come to a simmer but not boiling.
- Pour hot cocoa into four mugs. Garnish with a small handful of marshmallows and a candy cane as an edible stirrer stick.
Tip: For crushing the candy canes, break candy canes into pieces and place in a ziplock bag. Gently crush the candy canes into a fine powder with the flat side of a meat tenderizer. Food processors also work well for crushing candy canes.