Sundays with Samantha: Scrumptious Hot Cocoa

Healthier hot chocolate

My daughter, Samantha, has never been a fan of milk.  The only way I can get her to drink a cup of milk is to make hot chocolate (or chocolate milk). And while the pre-made versions of hot cocoa aren’t the worst thing in the world, they aren’t something I want to give her on a regular basis. That is how Samantha’s Scrumptious Hot Cocoa came to be.

Our version is free of all the fillers and artificial sweeteners that come in the pre-portioned packets (see below). It’s just as easy to make and it tastes delicious.

Bonus: She’s getting protein, calcium and vitamin D from the milk, antioxidants from the real cocoa and cinnamon, and less added sugar and sodium. Win. Win.

Samantha’s Scrumptious Hot Cocoa

Makes 1 (8-0unce) serving


1 (level) tablespoon unsweetened cocoa (I like Ghiradelli)

8 ounces skim milk

1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar

Dash of cinnamon


Heat milk in the microwave until warm (1-1 1/2 minutes).  Add cocoa, sugar, and cinnamon.  Stir and serve.

Calories:   130
Protein:   9 g
Carbohydrate:   19 g
Dietary Fiber:   2 g
Total Sugars:   19 g (6 g added sugar)
Total Fat:   1.5 g
Saturated Fat:  0.5 g
Cholesterol:   5 mg
Sodium:   100 mg

Here is a snap shot of your average ready-made hot cocoa for comparison:

(If you are reading on your mobile device you may have to rotate your phone to view labels correctly)

           Swiss Miss                                                         Nestlé   


2 thoughts on “Sundays with Samantha: Scrumptious Hot Cocoa

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