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According to the weather people, this weekend’s going to be another cold and wintery one for much of the country. And nothing takes the chill off a day spent playing in the snow (or shoveling it) than a cup of “real” hot cocoa. I’ve been using this recipe forever, and it’s always worth the extra bit of time it takes to make.

“Real” Hot Cocoa

Ingredients: • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder • 1/4 cup sugar • 4 cups milk • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla • miniature marshmallows


Blend cocoa and sugar in a small bowl. In a medium saucepan, heat milk to scalding. Mix about 1/3 cup of the hot milk into the cocoa-sugar mixture, then pour cocoa mixture into hot milk in the saucepan; stir until well blended. Stir in vanilla. Serve with mini marshmallows. Serves 4.


Greenwrite is a prolific writer with an eclectic range of specialties that reflects her curiosity for just about everything. A former advertising creative director, she makes her home in Vermont, but escapes to a sunny beach whenever the opportunity presents itself.

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