Jack’s Cocoa

Lately, my son has been bugging me to buy him some hot chocolate mix.  He had to have it. Quite frankly, I couldn’t find it in the market. I wasn’t being my usual obstinate self, but I was so unaccustomed to the isles of processed foods that I didn’t know where to look. There are many products that are essentially two or three ingredients that are combined (along with a whole lot of chemicals to make that product be able to sit on the shelf for several years) that are sold for people’s convenience. There is no reason for this. I abhor the concept. If you want to bake a cake, buy the few ingredients that are in the cake mix instead of the cake mix. This hot chocolate thing made me crazy. It is only a few ingredients that most people have in their cupboards. We all do way harder things in our daily lives than are required to permanently eliminate processed food from our lives. Please join me.

Here is a simple recipe for hot chocolate from one of my favorite humans who happens to be my father-in-law.

Makes two mugs


  • 4 Level Teaspoons Powdered Cocoa
  • 4 Level Teaspoons Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Mexican Vanilla (or Vanilla extract)


  • Small Pan
  1. Combine dry ingredients in the pan and add just enough water to make a syrup. Not more than a 1/4 cup.
  2. Stir and bring to a boil.
  3. Add the milk and heat just long enough to warm the milk.
  4. Add the vanilla (to taste) and call the kids.

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