The Food Factor: Quick Hot Cocoa for One
Video by Jonathan Parrish
Many recipes—on The Food Factor and elsewhere—make multiple servings. Typically, I’m a fan of leftovers, but hot chocolate just does not warm up well in my opinion.
That’s why I was excited to discover this fast, microwavable option for a single serving. When you make recipes from scratch instead of using prepackaged mixes, you get to control the ingredients, including sugar, salt, and fat. You can even jazz this up with a little peppermint flavoring or vanilla. Changing up the flavor can help make up for the lower fat content. We are all about healthier choices without sacrificing the flavor!
If you like dark chocolate, did you know you can buy a dark chocolate version of unsweetened cocoa powder? Try it for a richer, deeper cocoa taste.
Quick Hot Cocoa for One
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1 Tablespoon hot tap water
- 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup fat-free or 1% milk
- dash of salt, if desired
- Wash hands with soap and water.
- Combine sugar, cocoa, and salt (if desired) in a large, microwave-safe mug.
- Add hot water to mug and stir to dissolve cocoa mixture.
- Add milk, stirring well.
- Place mug in microwave and cook on high for 1½ minutes, or until hot enough.
- Stir and enjoy.
Thanks to the University of Georgia Extension for this printable recipe.
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