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TAKE5 Hot Chocolate

TAKE5 Hot Chocolate

Marshmallows are overrated. Do it right.



Ingredients and Directions


  • ⅓ c. unsweetened hot cocoa powder
  • ½ c. granulated (white) sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • ⅓ c. boiling water (I heat it for 90 seconds in the microwave in a glass measuring cup)
  • 3 ½ c. milk
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • ½ c. heavy cream (or half and half)
  • 1 tsp. caramel syrup whipped cream, to taste
  • Chocolate syrup, to taste
  • Crushed TAKE5 Bars


  1. Combine cocoa, sugar and salt in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in boiling water. Bring to an almost-boil and reduce heat to a simmer.
  2. Simmer, whisking constantly, for 2 minutes. Stir in milk and heat until hot (do not bring to a boil—just until it is hot).
  3. Remove from heat and add vanilla and cream.
  4. Pour into 4 separate mugs, allow to cool to drinking temperature. Top with whipped cream, chocolate/caramel drizzle, crushed peanuts, and pretzel crumbs. (serves 4)