Festive Hot Cocoa

Every so often, even I like to have a treat. Now that the autumn holidays are over, I’m craving hot cocoa. I wont have it often, but once in a while I will sit to relax and watch a movie, with a hot cocoa.

This simple recipe is what I  usually use. Depending on taste, you may not need the agave nectar for sweetness once the candy cane is added and has a chance to melt just a bit.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.


1 – 13.66 fluid ounce can full fat coconut milk

2 level tablespoons full unsweetened cocoa

1/2 teaspoon agave nectar (optional)

1 candy cane

  1. Shake the can of coconut milk before opening, to break up the cream that rises to the top.
  2. Pour the milk into a saucepan, and place the pan on the stove. Turn the burner to medium-high heat.
  3. Whisk 2 level tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa into the milk while heating, mixing until completely combined, then until warmed through.
  4. Once hot enough that you will have to let it cool for a bit before drinking, add 1/2 teaspoon of agave nectar, if using it.
  5. Pour hot cocoa into a mug, place a candy cane into the cup, and let sit until it is just warm enough to drink.
  6. Some of the candy cane may have already melted into the hot cocoa. Stir with the rest of the candy cane every so often, while enjoying your cocoa.


  • Top with mini marshmallows, or fluff, instead of, or with, the candy cane.
  • Try using different types of milk, such as almond, cashew, or hazelnut.
  • Use coupons on the ingredients to save money.
  • Buy the candy canes after the holidays, while on clearance.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve with a festive dessert, such as gingerbread cake with whipped cream, iced sugar cookies, or brownies.

(UPDATE 2017) Now that I’m trying to eat a mainly Paleo diet, wont really be adding candies and such to my hot cocoa. I will be switching the agave out for honey.

Happy holidays!


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