REAL Old Fashion Hot Chocolate

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Real cacao, real sugar, simmered into a real old fashion hot chocolate sip. Freezing cold winters never tasted so yummy. 

Old Fashioned Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate In The Snow

Old Fashion

At my age, I qualify to tell you exactly how an old fashion hot chocolate drink is made. I didn’t grow up with ‘scoop out’ containers or ready to-go hot chocolate mix.

Have you ever looked at the ingredients on one of those ‘just add hot water’ mixes for hot chocolate? I’d bet you don’t know what many of the ingredients are. 

Old Fashioned Hot Chocolate
Easy Real Hot Chocolate

Old fashion hot chocolate simply means it’s made from scratch. From real chocolate, the real way. If you’ve ever had hot chocolate made from scratch, you know how rich and delicious it is. 

Real Hot Chocolate

The best real hot chocolate is made from cacao, not cocoa. What’s the difference? Process. Cocoa is more highly processed and in the process, has lost some of its nutritional properties and flavor. 

Cacao, since it has not been roasted as cocoa has, it maintains many of its natural, healthful ingredients, such as protein, fiber and iron. The taste also, is richer. 

Old Fashioned Hot Chocolate
Real Cacao

Old Fashion Made Simple

The most basic cup of hot chocolate is made with a tablespoon of cacao powder and a little sweetener. Other than water or milk, that is basically it. 

Old Fashioned Hot Chocolate
Milk of Choice

I’ve always used a little sugar, real sugar, not white bleached sugar, when making old fashion hot chocolate, and by a little, I mean about a teaspoon with one tablespoon of cacao. 

Old Fashioned Hot Chocolate
Raw Sugar vs Bleached Sugar

Warm the two with a drizzle of water, just to form a syrup and the rest becomes a matter of liquid choices. 

Boiling water, or warmed milk of any type is added to the cacao syrup and it’s ready to pour into a cup and sip. 

Old Fashioned Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate Mixed

Is Chocolate Enough?

For me, chocolate is enough. For other’s, marshmallows, whipped cream, shaved chocolate, cinnamon, or nutmeg, even a little chocolate liquor can be added just before sipping. 

Old Fashioned Hot Chocolate
Shaved Chocolate

Chocolate, though, is really the star of this drink, so anything else added is entirely up to the one sipping!

Hot Sips On A Freezing Day

While tea or coffee is what I sip most often, today, an unusual snow day here in Maryland, this day needed something really special. Hot Chocolate!

Snowbound. Ten inches on a long driveway and I wasn’t going anywhere, any time soon. I called our summertime lawn-care people and they jumped at the chance to come clear my driveway. 

Three guys, looking very frozen, clearing my driveway. They needed a special treat. I knew exactly what they needed. Just so happened I had all the ingredients and a stack of to-go cups too. 

When the job was done and I could once again see my driveway, I quickly went out to give them my special old fashion hot chocolate drink. Their faces lit up when I told them what it was, just as my grandchildren’s faces do when I make it for them. 

Old Fashioned Hot Chocolate
Snow Day Hot Chocolate

Ingredients Needed

  • Cacao powder
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Milk (any type)
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Chocolate square (optional)
Old Fashioned Hot Chocolate
Old Fashion Hot Chocolate

Equipment Needed

  • Kettle
  • Small saucepan
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Whisk
  • Grater (optional)
  • Stovetop or burner

Real Old Fashion Hot Chocolate

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy



Real cacao, real sugar, simmered into a real old fashion hot chocolate sip. 


  • Cacao powder – 1 tbsp

  • Sugar – 1 tsp or to taste or sweetener of choice

  • Boiling water – 8 oz

  • Milk – 1/4 cup, any type of milk

  • Whipped cream – 1 tsp, (optional)

  • Shaved chocolate – pinch (optional)


  • Have boiling water in a kettle ready. In a small saucepan, place the cacao powder, sugar, 1/4 cup of the boiling water and the milk. Heat until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add the remaining boiling water, stir and transfer to serving cup.
  • Whipped cream and shaved chocolate can be added just before serving, if using.
Old Fashioned Hot Chocolate
Real Old Fashion Hot Chocolate

My Muffin Madness


In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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