Cocoa for Grown Ups

I grew up drinking Hershey’s cocoa, following the recipe on the side of the box. Sadly, it’s no longer as good as it used to be. I blamed Hershey’s for a while, then slowly accepted the reality that I am no longer a little kid. So I tinkered a bit, and now make Cocoa For Grown Ups.

Instead of 1/4 cup cocoa and 1/2 cup sugar, I use 1/3 cup of each. And Ghiradelli [good] or Scharfen Berger [better] or Maison du Chocolat [best] instead of Hershey’s.

I basically stopped drinking cow’s milk this year, the unsweetened vanilla almond milk I’ve been using istead works just fine.

Spice it up with a sprinkle of cayenne, a generous amount of good cinnamon, and thicken slightly with a bit of cornstarch (not too much or it becomes chocolate pudding, which is also good but not the goal here).

Remove from heat and add 1 tsp Mexican vanilla, then ladle into a mug and add a generous splash of Khalua and top with a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg.

To retain some semblance of childhood joy, toss in a few mini marshmallows.

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