Kind of a funny combination for a blog post, isn’t it?  Not to worry, there’s a point.

Lately, we’ve been drinking a lot of hot chocolate with the very cold temperatures and snowy days.  I am a big fan of homemade hot cocoa versus the store bought.  Not only does it taste sooo much better, but I know exactly what is going into it.  More and more these days I think that is really important.

The ingredients for this recipe are staple items you most likely have in your pantry.  Any leftovers can be put in the fridge to pull out for another day and a quick reheat on the stove.

An added bonus is that your kids will think it is so cool that you made it, not just pulled it from a box on the shelf.

hot cocoa

Hot Cocoa

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup hot water

1/8 tsp salt

4 cups milk (Dairy or non-dairy)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine the cocoa, sugar, water, and salt in a saucepan.  Over medium heat, stir constantly until the mixture boils.  Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute.  Stir in the milk and heat, but do not boil.  Remove from the heat and add vanilla; stir well.  Serve immediately.

**As a side note I’ve used both vanilla soymilk as well as vanilla almond milk to make this and both are delicious!**

adapted from The Joy of Vegan Baking

So now you are probably wondering where the popsicles come into this.  Not too long ago I was reading a magazine that was showing all the things you could make with chocolate, including popsicles.  I followed the article to this elaborate recipe for several different versions of hot chocolate and popsicles.  It totally dawned on me that I had my own, much simpler, leftover hot cocoa  sitting in the fridge ready to be frozen.  So that’s what I did.  I poured it into our popsicle molds (great find at Sur la Table from the summer) and that was it.


hot cocoa

My boys loved them.  We will definitely be making these again.


11 Responses to Hot cocoa and Popsicles

  1. Kristen says:

    Oh my goodness… I’m sitting here freezing yet wishing I had a popcicle!

  2. Suzi says:

    You are seriously so awesome! And now I know why Drew keeps telling me he and Henry have been “making” hot cocoa at preschool!

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  4. Diem says:

    Homemade anything is so much better than store bought. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. bentley says:

    Your blog is beautiful and the same goes for your photos and recipes. I look forward to returning for more!

  6. oh my goodness what i great idea! love the pictures!

  7. Kelly says:


    Just so you know, I tried this last night with Splenda, still tastes amazing. And, we tried your minestrone, it was a big hit. Brian said to a friend “If you want to come over tonight, we’re having leftovers. But it’s really good, it’s like an italian chili”. :)

    Thanks for the great recipes!

    • Alison says:

      Kelly, I’m so glad you found a way to get a chocolate fix despite the GD. Thanks for trying the soup…I’m glad you and Brian liked it.

  8. Rebecca Bartlett says:

    :O I am so trying this recipe but because we dont have oganic or homemade cocoa Im gonna try the Miss Swiss cocoa mix and hope that works D: Because in this 90 degree weather and no AC this little tuna can of a trailer gets even hotter inside than outside! Hope it works! Ill make sure to post back if it does :) Definitly will be cutting back on the sugar though!

  9. Amy says:

    If you had a lot of hot chocolate mixture made with milk products, can you freeze it and then thaw later for more hot chocolate? If you can, how do you thaw and reheat?

    • Alison says:

      Amy, I haven’t actually tried it. Any leftover hot chocolate I’ve had I usually put in the fridge and reheat/use within a couple days of making it. During the colder months one pot doesn’t last long around our house!

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