Super Easy Hot Cocoa for One Recipe

By | November 22, 2014
Disclosure: I was provided with a sampler of In The Raw Sweeteners to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own.

Don't resort to using a packet when you are craving hot chocolate.  This super easy hot chocolate is decadent and takes just minutes to make.  You will never want to use a hot cocoa mix packet again!
This week, winter arrived here in Ohio.  We got 6 inches of snow overnight, the kids got their first snow day of the year, and we had to remember where we stashed all our hats, gloves, and scarves. With the arrival of colder weather, I immediately started craving one of my favorite wintertime treats – homemade hot cocoa.  No – not the stuff that comes from a mix – watery and containing more sugar than flavor.  I mean the real stuff – rich and chocolatey, simmered on the stove.  It makes my kitchen smell like a candy shop every time I make it.  The taste is simply amazing.  It reminds me of melted chocolate pudding.  Yummy!

So of course with the cold weather we experienced this week, I had to make myself some hot chocolate.  I am trying to cut back on sugar though, so I thought I would try something a little bit different.  Instead of sweetening my homemade hot cocoa with maple syrup or table sugar like I usually do, I tried sweetening it with Monk Fruit In The Raw.  Have you heard of this amazing sweetener?  It has zero calories.  However, unlike other zero calorie sweeteners, this one is made from real food, not created in a lab.

I had never tried Monk Fruit In The Raw before so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the hot chocolate tasted just like when I make it with regular sugar – decadent with just the right touch of sweetness.

Super Easy Hot Chocolate For One Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (mini chocolate chips melt faster!)
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 packet Monk Fruit In The Raw Sweetener

Don't resort to using a packet when you are craving hot chocolate.  This super easy hot chocolate is decadent and takes just minutes to make.  You will never want to use a hot cocoa mix packet again!

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate chips in the milk, stirring constantly until they are melted and smooth.

Add the half and half and continue stirring until the milk is steaming.

Don't resort to using a packet when you are craving hot chocolate.  This super easy hot chocolate is decadent and takes just minutes to make.  You will never want to use a hot cocoa mix packet again!

Remove from heat and add the splash of vanilla and the Monk Fruit.  Stir to combine.  Serve with a candy cane if desired.

Don't resort to using a packet when you are craving hot chocolate.  This super easy hot chocolate is decadent and takes just minutes to make.  You will never want to use a hot cocoa mix packet again!

My recipe is to make one serving, but you can easily scale it up to make for more people.  You need 2 parts milk, 2 parts half and half, 1 part chocolate chips, and 1 packet Monk Fruit In The Raw Sweetener per serving.  For our family of five, I typically use 2 cups milk, 2 cups half and half, 1 cup chocolate chips, 1 tsp vanilla, and 1 tbs of sweetener.

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I am going to be testing out some of my holiday baking recipes using Monk Fruit.  You can substitute  it cup for cup for sugar in your favorite recipes.  After Thanksgiving, Christmas cookie baking kicks in in earnest in our house.  So I will be using Monk Fruit in some of those recipes and will share the recipes with you in a few weeks.

For more information on Monk Fruit and other In The Raw Sweeteners, be sure to visit InTheRaw.com.

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The winner will receive

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109 thoughts on “Super Easy Hot Cocoa for One Recipe

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  2. Heather T

    I would LOVE to try the sour cream chocolate loaf – I am a huge sucker for chocolate and it looks so moist and amazing!

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  3. Linda Kish

    I would like to make the Lo-Cal Cream Soda. I would have never thought you could do something like that so easily.

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    1. Jen

      I am not liking the new Rafflecopter either Danielle. I think they still have a few bugs to work out.

      Reply
  4. Anastasia Kisiniovski

    I love the in the raw brand! Especially the stevia, great for sweetening coffees.

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  5. Edgar Ray Gunn Jr

    Now snicker doodles are a cookie everybody in the house will agree on. I would give this recipe a try

    Reply
  6. Rosie

    I would love to try the Turbinado Energy Bar recipe! I love making my own bars, and this recipe is a new one and looks so good, it would be nice to have around for the holidays! Although I’m sure they won’t last long!

    Reply
  7. Heather Dangerfield

    I would love to try the Deep Dish Apple Pie recipe with the ingredients if I win.

    Reply
  8. Ashley N

    I’m a sucker for banana cream pies, but the chocolate loaf looks delish too!

    Reply
  9. Laura

    I’d really love to try their recipe for Holiday Egg Nog! My family loves the stuff!

    Reply
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  11. Heather Freeman

    I would like to make the Cherry Pistachio White Chocolate Drop Cookies.

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  12. Sarah @ Sunny Runner

    Oh my goodness, which recipe do I NOT want to make is the question. Everything looks so good. The Chunky Oatmeal Cookies are calling my name right now I think.

    Reply
  13. Seyma Shabbir

    Oh yummy! I want to try the Cherry Pistachio White Chocolate Drop Cookies!

    Reply
  14. Tracy Suzanne

    I’m happy to see recipes for one. Most are to make a whole pot with doesn’t work for just the two of us at our house. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the awesome giveaway!

    Reply
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  16. Laura H

    I would love to try the chestnut almond cheesecake with orange spice tea. The chocolate pots de creme look heavenly too!

    Reply
  17. Jennifer M.

    I want to try to make the Grilled Chicken Salad with Baby Spinach and Creamy Mustard Dressing. I also think the pecan tart looks great!

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  18. Karen

    I would like to bake the Chocolate Cherry Bread. I usually make different quick breads for the holidays and give away for gifts. This would make a nice gift.

    Reply
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  20. Kelly OMalley

    I would start with the Pecan Tart. I am having to bring pecan pie to Thanksgiving so this recipe will be tried out tomorrow 🙂

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  21. Leslie S.

    Their recipe for Vegan Dark Night Chocolate Mousse sounds delicious. I would love to try that for New Years Eve. I think I even have a wine that would pair nicely with it.

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    1. Jen

      Sorry about that Sarah. I think they are still working out all the kinks with the new version of Rafflecopter. It would have been nice if they waited until after the holidays to roll out the new changes since right now is such a busy time for giveaways.

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  22. Rachel

    I would love to try the strawberry pomegranate mousse this holiday season. It sounds amazing!

    Reply
  23. Nicholas Balandiat

    I like the Chocolate Fig Cake, that looked very tasty and figs are wonderful

    Reply
  24. Jennifer Heintz

    I would like to try to Cold-Chaser recipe. I really like to sip warm beverages, especially when I have a cold, and this recipe with cayenne pepper, agave in the raw, and the needed shot of alcohol just might be the drink needed.

    Reply
  25. beth shepherd

    I would like the The Raw Peppermint Brownie Cookies. Such a yummy combination

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  26. robyn donnelly

    I would like chocolate pots of creme or the hazelnut fudge crostata.

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  27. danielle Marie

    i want to try the Homemade Blueberry Pie. it sounds amazing and i love blueberry.

    Reply
  28. Lynne

    Oh my goodness! I would love to try the coffee panna cotta. It looks so elegant and festive and special! My husband does not like coffee, but he DOES like tiramissou – so I think he might like this too!

    Reply
  29. Cindy Merrill

    As a food Historian, I must admit the Chocolate Fig Cake recipe seems the most interesting.

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  31. Deb Jackson

    The peppermint brownie cookies are the recipe of the month and they look fabulous.

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  32. David Fultner

    I would give the Cherry Pistachio White Chocolate Drop Cookies a try.

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  33. Terri Moore

    I would like to try making the strawberry pomegranate mousse looks so creamy and delicious.

    Reply
  34. Amber L.

    I really want to try the Chocolate Pots de Creme recipe. I would like to make In The Raw® Peppermint Brownie Cookies for Christmas Eve.

    Reply
  35. Julie Smith

    I’d love to try their Sweet & Savory Shortbread Wafers – they look easy to put together AND because they are “different”, there’s more likely to be enough left for me to have some 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

    Reply
  36. Sarah Cool

    I would love to try the Chestnut Almond Cheesecake, yum cheesecake!

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  37. Dijah W

    I would try the Chocolate Lava Souflees. We love chocolate in this house. They look simple enough and don’t require too much!

    Reply
  38. Kayte CookWatts

    The cheesecake pops sound right up my alley. This is my first holiday gluten free, so I am on the look out for fun things I can still eat.

    Reply
  39. Shannon

    Strawberry Lemonade with Agave Nectar sounds good, it’s still warm here at the moment.

    Reply
  40. Annette

    I would love to make the “Strawberry Pomegranate Mousse” during the holidays. It sounds (and looks) delicious.

    Reply
  41. Jen Roulston

    You had me at Peppermint Brownie Cookies! Chocolate and mint are two of my favorite things!

    Reply
  42. Jake B

    I would love the Chestnut Almond Cheesecake, cheesecake is my favorite!

    Reply

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