Great Hot Mocha Cocoa for a Winter Night from Jody Victor

For a fun treat the whole family can enjoy on a chilly enening try my cocoa…

Mocha Cocoa

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
8 cups milk
1 Tbsp vanilla
Marshmallows or whipped cream, spices, instant coffee (optional)

1. In a 3-1/2 to 5-quart slow cooker combine sugar and cocoa powder. Stir in milk until combined.
2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3-4 hours or on high-heat setting for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
3. Serve immediately or keep covered on low-heat setting for up to 2 hours. Just before serving, stir in vanilla. If desired, carefully beat milk mixture with a rotary beater until frothy. Ladle cocoa into mugs. If desired, top each serving with marshmallows or whipped cream. Makes 10 (6-ounce) servings.

Spicy Cocoa: Prepare as directed, except add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg with the cocoa powder before cooking.

Mocha Cocoa: Prepare as directed, except add 3/4 teaspoon instant coffee crystals to each mug of prepared cocoa; stir to mix.