Vanilla Mocha Hot Cocoa | Cleveland Southside Moms


4 1/2 cups whole milk (or nut milk)

1/3 cup real maple syrup

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

6 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate, chopped

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon instant coffee powder

1 pinch flaky salt

whipped cream, for serving

grated nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)


Add the milk, maple syrup, cocoa powder, chocolate, vanilla, coffee powder, and pinch of salt to a large pot. Place the pot over medium low heat until the milk is scalding, but not boiling. Be sure to stir the pot often to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom and burning.

Once the hot cocoa is steaming, ladle into mugs and dollop with whipped cream. Drink and enjoy!

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