Hot cocoa can't help but remind me of childhood. On cold winter days after playing in the snow my Mother used to make the best hot cocoa for ny sister and I. Warm, creamy, chocolaty and delicious. And with the weather as cold as has been in the Northeastern US I am finding for the first time in years that I am craving hot cocoa just like my Mother made.
I was not much of a milk drinker as a kid and am not a big fan of non dairy milks like soy, rice or hemp. When I discovered So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk my whole attitude toward milk changed. Though I still don't drink it "straight" it is a pleasure to cook with. as it is nearly flavorless and has a wonderful consistency.
So I thought, what the heck... let me try making some hot cocoa and see if it doesn't invoke memories of those days playing in the snow as a kid. I loved it, it definitely took me back to childhood and as an added bonus my kids loved it too!
So Delicious Hot Cocoa
4 tbsp organic raw turbinado sugar*
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk
Soy whip (optional)
In a sauce pan add the dry ingredients. Add the vanilla and gently stir in milk. Heat over medium heat whisking constantly until hot (do not boil). Pour into your favorite mug and top with soy whip if desired. Vegan marshmallows would also be lovely in this, but I did not happen to have any in the house.
* adjust sugar as needed to suit the level of sweetness you desire.