Hot Cocoa chez Vous

Hot cocoa. Its mention alone can warm your soul on a cold winter’s day. It conjures up childhood memories of runny noses, roaring fireplaces and snow filled window sills. But why does it have to be so darned expensive?

The storebought price will not be the only thing swaying you from buying it once you try the recipe below. The taste of this homemade mix stands head and shoulders above anything you might rip open from a pouch.

 If you’ve ever seen the film Chocolate you’ll have some idea of the rich, creamy treat that borders on chocolate indulgence. Feel free to change the quantity down to a few teaspoons to make a drink you are more accustomed to.

The cayenne is there to help release the flavour of the cocoa. You can thank the Mayans for that little trick.

Now go light a fire, put on your PJs and slippers, and enjoy a cup of the good stuff.


Hot Cocoa chez Vous

Adapted from Alton Brown


2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup cocoa (Dutch-process preferred)
2 1/2 cups powdered milk
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
Hot water


  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and incorporate evenly.
  2. In a small pot, heat 4 to 6 cups of water.
  3. Fill your mug half full with the mixture and pour in hot water. Stir to combine.
  4. Seal the rest in an airtight container, keeps indefinitely in the pantry. This also works great with warm milk.
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