Saturday, November 21, 2020

Hot Cocoa # November IHCC Potluck

Hot cocoa is the best to have a quality time with family. It gives cozy comfort in each sip while you read a book or watch a movie with family during the winter. It just brightens up the air. Making it is fun too. For a very long time, may be over 12 years, I have used Ina Garten's hot cocoa recipe. I watched her episodes in food network and tried them. I omitted the espresso in her recipe. We loved it so much that we still use her recipe. It is creamy, delicious, chocolatey, and mostly comforting. I  make this whenever my kids friends gather in our home to do projects too. So it is perfect to post her hot cocoa for the November IHCC Potluck. Off late, I have reduced the amount of half and half. Then too it is still creamy and delicious. Here is the link to her recipe

My modified version has half the amount of half and half, and correspondingly a little less chocolate too. This is a simple recipe. Just add everything and bring to a boil and simmer for a couple of minutes. The following makes 2 -4 servings.


Milk - 2 cups

Half and half - 1 cup

Milk chocolate chips - 1/3 cup

Semi sweet chocolate chips -1/3 cup

Sugar - optional

Vanilla - 1 tsp

Top with whipped cream or marshmallows if preferred.

I have used dark chocolate, white chocolate, semi and milk chocolate bars as well as chips. Hot cocoa turns out delicious every time.


  1. Yum! I have been on an Ina kick here lately, as her recipes are always so delicious, so I'm going to mark this to try! We are shutdown again with the pandemic so this is going to be a welcome treat. Looks perfect! Thanks for joining up with us. Feel free to join in whenever you like. We are very flexible like that.

  2. With a warm and magical cup of hot cocoa, everything just melts away. Great idea and beautiful picture.