It’s the holiday season!!! That means comforting dishes and drinks, doesn’t it? It sure does. Back when we lived in Maryland I used to make weekly visits to the local Trader Joe’s store for my groceries. I would spend far too long meandering around each aisle for culinary inspiration. Lordie I miss them…they’re no where near us here in Oklahoma. One day I remember checking out and was asked their classic line “Did you find everything you were looking for today?” Love that, by the way. High fives for such great customer service, TJ’s! “Well…actually, I couldn’t find my favorite hot chocolate mix that you sell. Someone said that you don’t have it in stock. Way to totally break my heart!” I said, only half-joking. “So,” I continued,”I just got this cocoa powder instead. I guess that’ll do, but I just loved that mix!” The TJ’s rep proceeded to recommend me a few ingredients to add to my homemade hot cocoa: “Try a tablespoon of powdered sugar…maybe a little cinnamon…”


That inspiration later evolved into my very own recipe for homemade hot cocoa. It’s EASY to make. Like…only 5 steps. You ready?! I won’t waist any more of your time – you’ve got the holiday season to enjoy! Here’s what you’ll need:



  • 2 cups – Milk (2% is the staple in our home, and it works beautifully!)
  • 4 Tbsp – Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Tbsp – White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp – Powdered Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp – Vanilla Extract
  • 1 whole – Cinnamon Stick


Sift the cocoa powder, granulated sugar, and powdered sugar together into a bowl…

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Add the vanilla extract to the milk….6O9C2296


On medium heat, add the vanilla-milk mixture to a medium saucepan. Then slowly stir in the dry ingredients and never..stop…stirring.



6O9C2317Once the mixture is all combined, add in the cinnamon stick and let it infuse the hot cocoa with the holiday spirit! This is great time to turn on your Christmas lights, blast the Christmas channel on your Pandora Radio account, and to continue stirring. Seriously though…that cinnamon stick really does do the trick. Sean loves this recipe too, but he likes less cinnamon than I do. I recommend tasting the cocoa as you continue to stir and remove the cinnamon stick once it tastes perfect to you. When it’s up to me… I’ll leave that bad boy in there for good. I love cinnamon!


Once it tastes juuuuust right to you – simply pour, sip, and smile. I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you give this recipe a try and like it too!


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