9 Delicious Recipes for Hot Chocolate With Cocoa Powder

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When the weather turns cold, the cravings for comforting hot cocoa begin. These delicious recipes for hot chocolate with cocoa powder will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Cozy & Comforting Hot Cocoa Recipes


What is the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate? 

Although the terms are often used interchangeably, there is technically a difference. Hot cocoa is made with cocoa powder. Hot chocolate recipes use other types of chocolate to flavor and sweeten the beverage. 

But it’s truly a personal preference of what you call your mug of chocolatey goodness. I grew up saying hot chocolate, so that is what works best for me!

What is the best cocoa powder to use in my hot chocolate? 

You’ve probably heard of Ghirardelli and Hershey’s, but the options don’t stop there.
According to the product review website That’s My Home, there are quite a few good cocoa powder products on the market.
Their best overall hot cocoa suggestion is Viva Naturals.  Their favorite option for hot cocoa to be used in a drink is Valrhona Pure Cocoa Powder
Cocoa Powder and Chocolate For Hot Cocoa


Where can I buy cocoa powder? 

Cocoa powder is a common ingredient, so it’s found in many stores. However, the variety and choices for different brands will vary greatly depending on where you shop.

  • Amazon has a wide variety of cocoa powder options for any price point. Plus, the customer reviews are always helpful. You can check out their selection of cocoa powder options here.
  • Grocery stores, Walmart and Target may have fewer options, but are convenient places to shop for cocoa powder. 
  • Trader Joe’s, Aldi and Whole Foods are also great places to look for alternative cocoa powder brands. 

How do I store cocoa powder?

Chances are you won’t use your entire container of cocoa powder just for hot chocolate.

The good news is it can also be used in other recipes like brownies, cake and cookies. You might enjoy these classic fudgy walnut brownies or these chocolate peanut butter brownies that both use cocoa powder.

While you’re deciding on your next recipe, here are some handy tips for storing your cocoa powder.

  • The general rule of thumb is to store cocoa powder in a cool, dry place.
  • Store at room temperature, not the freezer or refrigerator.
  • Store in an airtight container in the pantry.
  • Unopened cocoa powder can last up to 3 years.
  • If stored properly, an open container of cocoa powder is typically good for up to 1 year. 
  • Cocoa powder usually doesn’t go bad, but it does lose its flavor over time.

Is cocoa powder healthy? Is it healthier than chocolate?

Good news! According to WebMD, cocoa powder has a ton of health benefits. Some of the benefits may include reduced inflammation, a stronger immune system and lower risk of heart disease.  
On its own, cocoa powder doesn’t contain much fat or sugar. But always check the nutrition labels. Some manufacturers get a little sneaky and will add ingredients like sugar. Also be sure to look for products that are at least 60-70% cocoa to get the most benefit. 
Dark chocolate also has many of the same benefits as cocoa powder. The same rules apply. Look for a product with at least 60-70% cocoa and little to no added fats, sugars or other unhealthy ingredients.

9 Delicious Recipes for Hot Chocolate With Cocoa Powder

These warm and comforting hot chocolate recipes feature cocoa powder as a main ingredients. Enjoy!

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