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==Recipes==
 
==Recipes==
Most recipes for hot cocoa include [[milk]], cocoa and [[sugar]]. Some also include liquors or [[spice]]s. Some additions to hot cocoa are [[vanilla]], [[cinnamon]], chili powder, Bailey's Irish Cream, Kahlua, creme de cacao, whiskey or rum. Instead of using cocoa, you can use melted chocolate. You can substitute cream instead of milk, or water or soy milk. Instead of sugar, you can use another sweetener, including brown sugar, maple syrup or honey. Several recipes include [[salt]], but I think that's totally unnecessary.
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Most recipes for hot cocoa include milk, cocoa and sugar. Some also include liquors or spices. Some additions to hot cocoa are vanilla, cinnamon, chili powder, Bailey's Irish Cream, Kahlua, creme de cacao, whiskey or rum. Instead of using cocoa, you can use melted chocolate. You can substitute cream instead of milk, or water or soy milk. Instead of sugar, you can use another sweetener, including brown sugar, maple syrup or honey. Several recipes include salt, but I think that's totally unnecessary.
   
Decorate with a candy cane, [[chocolate]] or colored sugar sprinkles.
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Decorate with a candy cane, chocolate or colored sugar sprinkles.
   
 
===Basic hot chocolate===
 
===Basic hot chocolate===
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* 1 cup of milk
 
* 1 cup of milk
 
* 0-3 teaspoons (tsp) of sugar (varies by taste)
 
* 0-3 teaspoons (tsp) of sugar (varies by taste)
Mix three tablespoons of cocoa into about a quarter cup of milk. Slowly heat the other 3/4 cup of milk in a saucepan on the [[stove]]. Be careful not to let it boil or scorch. It helps to stir it while it's heating. If it forms a "skin", do not scrape it off the sides or bottom, and skim any layer of "skin" or thin solid layer on top off before pouring or stirring. Stir in the last quarter with the cocoa. Add sugar to taste. Enjoy!
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Mix three tablespoons of cocoa into about a quarter cup of milk. Slowly heat the other 3/4 cup of milk in a saucepan on the stove. Be careful not to let it boil or scorch. It helps to stir it while it's heating. If it forms a "skin", do not scrape it off the sides or bottom, and skim any layer of "skin" or thin solid layer on top off before pouring or stirring. Stir in the last quarter with the cocoa. Add sugar to taste. Enjoy!
   
 
Feel free to add your favorite hot cocoa recipe here.
 
Feel free to add your favorite hot cocoa recipe here.
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