Pop Pop’s Famous Hot Cocoa

When I was little, my dad would make us a cup of his “famous” hot cocoa and I remember being so excited. Not only was it creamy, but it was the perfect amount of chocolate, and of course….topped with whipped cream, I was in heaven.

Now that I am married and have kids, this is a favorite among everyone. The kids love theirs with whipped cream, I┬álove mine with a splash of Kahlua (ha-ha) and this is the perfect go to drink during the winter. Since my kiddos call my dad “pop pop”, this drink has been labelled accordingly!

If you like hot cocoa and are looking for the best recipe around, look no further! Best part of all, you most likely have all the ingredients on hand!!


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Ingredients: (this is enough for one person….adjust accordingly)

  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Dash of Salt
  • Whipped Cream
  • Kahlua (optional)



  1. In a saucepan, combine cocoa powder, sugar, milk, vanilla, and salt.
  2. Whisk mixture over low-medium heat until all is melted and combined.
  3. Ladle into mugs and top with whipped cream.

*If using Kahlua, stir in desired amount prior to putting drink into mugs!



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