Homemade Hot Cocoa

Hi people! The blogging has been a little sporadic this week because I am STILL sick! But you know the cure for sickness, homemade hot cocoa.

Simply Delicious Hot Cocoa

  • 1-2 T sugar (Depending on how sweet you like it)
  • 2 T unsweetened cocoa (I always make these heaping tablespoons since I like a strong chocolate taste)
  • small pinch of salt
  • dash of cinnamon and/or cayenne for kick!
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 t vanilla extra
  1. Combine the sugar, cocoa, salt and cinnamon in a mug.
  2. In a separate container, heat the milk in the microwave for 1.5 minutes or until hot.
  3. Gradually add milk to the dry ingredients and stir well. (You might want to use a fork to kind of whisk it as you stir.)
  4. If you have a milk frother, froth away.
  5. Stir in the vanilla.
  6. Enjoy!

It’s simple, but it’s a favorite!

What’s your favorite warm drink? This is a hard one for me! I love chai lattes, hot cocoa, and spiced cider. And lots of kinds of herbal teas, coffee, and espresso…too many good ones to pick just one!


  • Lauren

    Aww, hope you feel better soon love. I usually crave soup when I am sick (so ordinary I know) but sometimes I crave weird things too, like cottage cheese and toast. It’s more of a childhood association I think. My mom would always make this for me when I was sick. Oh and pancakes. Pancakes always make me feel better. 🙂

  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)

    Hmmm…I like cider, black tea (with milk!) and a good cappuccino. I also like an occasional cup of eggnog during the holiday season 😉

    I’ve never heard of Title Nine, what’s wrong with me?!

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston

    Hot chocolate is my favorite hands down. I’ve never made it homemade though, so I’m excited for this recipe!!

  • Claire

    I hope you get better soon! You definitely sound like you are on the right path. I love yogi teas! Favorite warm drinks…coffee, tea…and maybe that hot cocoa. I want some!

  • Courtney

    Those salads look soooo tasty, I actually do crave salads after workouts sometimes, I think because they’re usually kind of refreshing. I never want to eat a “meat and potatoes” kind of meal after a big run, I’m too hot and sweaty! haha.

    And I just have to point out that it’s Glinda, not Glenda. Get it right 😉

    • Teri

      hahahaha! I fixed it. thanks for always having my back.

      I’ll miss you this weekend. 🙁 🙁

  • Melissa

    I think Fall colds hang on forever! Getting even a short workout in everyday and eating well has helped me. Love “Food Should Taste Good” chips. Might have to get some for my flight tomorrow. Get well soon so you can enjoy the beautiful fall foliage.

  • Megan (Running Foodie)

    I just got the new Title 9 catalogue too! Their winter stuff is SO CUTE! It doesn’t actually get cold enough here in CA for a lot of their cold weather items, but I want them all anyway 🙂

  • Jen

    Oh, I love spiced cider! Starbucks caramel apple cider is a bit too strong for me…I just love the little packets you mix with water-yumma!

    • Teri

      I didn’t even know Starbucks had cider!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)

    thanks for the awesome cocoa recipe! i’m always down with doing things homemade 🙂

  • sassy molassy

    Sucks to be sick! Yogi teas are actually made here in Eugene, OR. Cool, huh? I too would loooove having lots of money to buy whatever I wish from Title Nine, JCrew, Lululemon or Ann Taylor Loft. Pots of money. Wouldn’t that be simply fabulous? I’m loving Grey’s per the usual.

    • Teri

      That is cool! I have a deep love for Oregon. 🙂

      Grey’s was good last night, huh!

  • tamara

    get well soon!
    i love greys anatomy with all my heart…
    i watched it tonight too:)

    • Teri

      Me too. I also love Dr. Owen Wilson with all my heart. 🙂

  • Lindsay Ferguson

    So excited to try the Cocoa, and glad I didn’t buy the Stephen’s brand today at Costco now that I have a recipe to try out my own :). The salad looks delish btw..gonna try that too. Hope you feel better soon, sounds like its been a nasty one!!

  • Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker

    Feel better, girl! And thanks for the cocoa recipe. Sometimes all I need to feel better is a hot mug-o-cocoa. I really recommend Cold-Eeze. I was sick earlier in the week, and — no lie — it helped tremendously!

    • Teri

      Oooh, I will have to try some of that! Thanks for the recommendation!

  • April

    Great cycle class this morning, you rock! It’s not even 9am and after reading this post and seeing your pic I want a salad! Those salads look SO good.

    Not sure if you like pumpkin or not, but lately I’ve tried a few of the pumpkin recipes from this site and they have been awesome.

    I hope you stay on the path to recovery. Maybe some fried oreos (what???) at the Dixie Classic Fair would wipe out your yuckiness.

    • Teri

      Aw, thanks! I’m so glad you liked it. I always worry about the class being good when I’m kind of sick.

      I LOVE pumpkin! Thanks for the link!

      hahahaha. Yeah, I’m sure the fair food would totally heal me!

  • Courtney F

    I’m glad you are feeling better!
    Title nine fun money would be used up super quick!
    Your cocoa recipe will be used by me quite a lot I think! It looks easy and good!

  • Chicago Cuisine Critique

    Hope you are feeling a bit better. That Halloween plate is too cute. 🙂

  • Lisa (Im an Okie)

    I’m glad you are starting to feel better!

    I absolutely love hot Apple Cider this time of year!

  • Faith

    Glad you’re feeling better. Never had black tea with milk. The apple cider is my favorite! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this.

  • Cathy

    I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better. I occassionally crave salad, but not when I’m sick. And that hot cocoa recipe sounds great! We have all of those ingredients at home, so I’ll probably be making it soon. As for favorite drinks, it changes all the time. Recently I’ve really been enjoying Steusel Cake flavored coffee.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]

    I <3 Title Nine. One of my life goals is to be a 'model' in that mag 😉

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In

    Thank you Thank you for the cocoa recipe! I was thinking about having a cup last night but hate the super sweet pre-made versions. Don’t know why I never thought to do it myself…!

  • leeann

    You may want to look into making Vitamin D part of your daily routine, especially going into winter. There is so much new research out on it…it is kind of amazing 🙂

  • Rachel

    The salad looks delicious! Hope you’re feeling better 🙂

  • Katie

    That’s the cutest plate! I love your wizard of oz reference, too. 😉

    I also love making hot chocolate in the winter – but I think my favorite hot drink is hot apple cider. There is something so comforting about it.

  • highonhealthy

    I hope you feel better soon! Everyone seems to be getting sick right now.
    That’s kind of crazy how you’re craving salads right now.. maybe it’s your body trying to get in as much healthy nutrients as possible so that it can fight off the infection.

    My favorite warm drink.. well.. now that I think about it, I can’t remember the last time I had one. Probably around 1-2 years ago. When I DID drink them, my favorite was easily hot chocolate.

  • Lisa

    I keep seeing that nutritional yeast pop up EVERYWHERE. I need to try this stuff out!

  • BroccoliHut

    Cute plate!! Favorite hot drink is probably tea or cider:)

  • Lindsay

    I adooooore hot cocoa! Last week I made it with almond milk for the first time. Oh. My. Cocoa heaven. You have to try it if you haven’t yet – I can’t get over it.

    Love the cute halloween plates!! Feel better soon! 🙂


  • Diana

    Aww…sorry you’re sick! Hope you’re feeling better soon! Btw, I also rarely crave salads! hahaha

    Oh and I have a really good “get well soup” recipe if you want it. It’s not canned…it’s from-scratch, but it’s my mom’s recipe and always makes me feel better. 🙂 Let me know!

    Get well soon!

    • Teri

      yes, PLEASE send me your soup recipe! [email protected]

      I love homemade soups, especially if it will make me feel better. You’re the best! Can’t wait to make it!

  • Jenna

    That salad looks right up my alley. DIVINE. i wish i could lose my appetite. damnit.

    CONGRATS on the big win!! I VOTED! it must have been my vote that tipped the scale for sure. 😉 i want to do a giveaway on this blog because i love it. or you can document my fat ass self and the diet/exercise regimen i’m beginning on monday. that could be fun 🙂

  • [email protected] Food Loving Polar Bear

    Loving the salad, now I’m craving one! 🙂

  • Katie (Just Roll With It)

    Every few weeks I swoon at the photos and clothing/workout clothes in Title Nine and Athleta catalogs that I receive so often…I circle everything I want…and then toss the magazine into the recycling bin…somehow, the act of the circling things makes me feel better…no idea why…haha. One day, I will save up some money to actuallt purchase some of the items I circle.