Hot cocoa. It is just hot chocolate milk, right? Oh no. You are very mistaken. The art of the perfect cup of hot cocoa is cultivated through careful planning and fresh ingredients. All are affordable, attainable, and we are going to give you a few tips to try when you’re on the quest for that perfect mug of steaming, creamy, decadent cocoa.

Cupa Cabana Hot Cocoa
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A Guide to the Ultimate Cup of Hot Cocoa

Start with Fresh, Whole Milk
Whole milk is fatty, but that adds a creamy and frothy consistency. Skim milk is too watery for hot cocoa. In our humble opinion, if you’re going to cheat on your diet, do it right! Simmer whole milk in a pot on the stove top, stirring occasionally.

Skip the Syrup – Reach for the Cocoa Powder
Don’t get rid of it all together (the syrup, that is). It is a great garnish, but to get a really delicious cup of cocoa – rely on cocoa powder and patience. Stir cocoa powder into the milk and continue to simmer as you stir, then stir some more. Feel free to add sugar to taste, if it isn’t sweet enough. Another tip is to throw some caramel chews into the milk for added sweetness and again, continue to stir.

Add a Drop of This, a Drop of That
A drop or two of extract, like vanilla and coconut, adds a sweet and aromatic taste and smell to your hot chocolate. A dusting of cinnamon or nutmeg is also a nice dash to a cup of cocoa.

Whip it, then Sprinkle it Good
Whipped cream is a must add to a cup of hot cocoa. It also creates a lovely bed for shaved chocolate, bits of peppermint, miniature marshmallows, and drizzled caramel or chocolate syrup.


No cup of cocoa is the same when you introduce an array of garnishes, spices, and sweet treats to your cocoa menu. Have fun, experiment, and tell us what makes YOUR fave cup of hot cocoa! Looking to have a hot cocoa bar specially catered for your event? Let us know what you’re looking for, and we’ll be happy to help!

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