Spiced Hot Cocoa for Election Day

by Lana Stuart on November 6, 2012 · 12 comments

Spiced Hot Cocoa

Today is election day. The first Tuesday in November. The day set aside for the citizens of the United States to cast their ballots for the men and women who will lead our nation for the coming four years. Casting a vote by secret ballot is one of the cornerstones of our democratic process and one that should be undertaken with careful consideration and solemnity.

I do not discuss politics here on Never Enough Thyme. I just don’t think it’s appropriate and it’s not what this blog is about. I simply want to remind everyone of the right, privilege, and responsibility that we as citizens of this country are afforded through the act of voting for our leaders. As you consider your vote today, make your selection carefully and with ample forethought. And remember the thousands who have given their lives to defend our way of government and to protect your right to cast your vote. Choose your leaders for the next four years wisely. We’ll have to live with today’s choices for a long time.

If your election day weather is anything like ours, 42 degrees and raining – yuck! – you’ll need something to warm you up when you’re finished at the polls. Something just like this spiced hot cocoa.

This isn’t just any hot cocoa. Oh, no. It’s all jazzed up with cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla, three of my favorite flavors, and it takes mere minutes to prepare. Add a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top and you’re chasing away the wet, cold, cloudy weather. This hot cocoa may be called a beverage, but I’d choose it for dessert any day.

Spices, cocoa, and sugar combined for Spiced Hot Cocoa

Combine the cocoa, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a saucepan. Blend in the hot water. Bring the mixture to a boil, stir and cook for 2 minutes.

Adding milk for Spiced Hot Cocoa

Add the milk, stirring to mix and heat thoroughly but do not boil. Remove from heat and add the vanilla.

Top with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon if desired.

Enjoy!

Spiced Hot Cocoa

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Spiced Hot Cocoa

Hot cocoa spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Instructions

  1. Combine the cocoa, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a saucepan. Blend in the hot water. Bring the mixture to a boil, stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the milk, stirring to mix and heat thoroughly but do not boil.
  3. Remove from heat and add the vanilla.
  4. Top with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon if desired.

Notes

Recipe source: Southern food on about.com

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1 Carrian@ohsweetbasil November 6, 2012 at 10:54 am

This looks so yummy, can’t wait to try this! My husband loves hot cocoa, so he will be surprised to see this on the table!

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2 Lana November 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Hope your hubby like it, Carrian. I like hot cocoa any way it’s prepared but especially with the nutmeg and cinnamon. So good!

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3 Barbara | Creative Culinary November 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

You will chuckle at this. I thought it said Spiked Hot Cocoa. Says something about me huh? :)

Spiced or Spiked or even Spicy Spiked…I’m in!

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4 Lana November 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm

You’re right, I did chuckle. You would think of spiked first, wouldn’t you?

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5 Rosemary November 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Oooooh, Lana!!! This “chocoholic” is drooling!!! Looks fabulous!!!!!
XO Rosie

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6 Lana November 6, 2012 at 8:32 pm

You would love this recipe, Rosie! Nice and chocolatey with nice spices. It’s yummy.

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7 Alison @ ingredients, Inc. November 7, 2012 at 9:17 am

this looks awesome Lana!

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8 sophistimom November 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

This is absolutely my favorite thing to drink on a cold day. Love the spices you used . . . LOVE the tea cups.

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9 Lana November 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Thanks! I love those cups, too. I have my Fall/Thanksgiving table set with that china.

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10 Pam November 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

This cocoa would have been a huge hit at our election get together last night… it looks wonderful.

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11 Hot Chocolate November 7, 2012 at 11:40 am

Yum! Love the hot chocolate mugs in the picture. Very cute.

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12 Carrena Boone October 12, 2014 at 8:18 pm

This is so good! but I made some tweaks to it, I used all milk and just cinnamon and nutmeg and it came out delicious. I also added a little less sugar to make it taste more like dark chocolate =)

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