How sweet it is…

14 Jan

Cocoa Continental is today’s recipe – from Betty Crocker’s Cook Book for Boys and Girls (1957). I’ve cherished this book (it’s gotten a lot of wear and tear) since my childhood and have many happy memories of recipes I first cooked from this book. My best friend – then and now – was my cohort in the kitchen. She likes to remind me that if I burned something – it was always her fault! Me, wrong? Thankfully, I now admit to an occasional mistake! I think I was jealous that one of the young home testers listed in the book (there were 12) was named Randee, my friend’s name!

I remember making this for my big brother, Doug! Enjoy it with or without marshmallows. Even better in front of a fire!

Cocoa Continental

2 tablespoons cocoa

3 tablespoons sugar

⅛ teaspoon salt

½ cup hot water

2 cups milk or 1 cup evaporated milk and 1 cup water

Marshmallows (optional)

Blend cocoa, sugar and salt together in a saucepan. Then stir in hot water. Bring to boil over low heat and boil 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add and heat the milk, but do not boil. Drop a marshmallow into each cup and pour hot cocoa over it.

Makes enough for 2 big mugs!

While original copies of this classic are scarce, there are later editions available online.

Great way to introduce young cooks to the kitchen!

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