Hygge and an Old Fashioned Hot Cocoa Recipe - Island Thyme Soap Company

Hygge and an Old Fashioned Hot Cocoa Recipe

Embracing the essence of hygge, the Danish art of coziness and contentment, is like wrapping yourself in a warm blanket of comfort. In the heart of winter, there's perhaps no better companion to this hygge lifestyle than a steaming cup of old-fashioned hot cocoa. Picture yourself nestled in a snug corner, surrounded by soft blankets, a good book, wearing your favorite socks, as the rich aroma of cocoa fills the air. Hygge invites us to savor the simple pleasures, and a cup of hot cocoa becomes a delicious ritual, a soothing elixir that warms both body and soul.

A recipe of timeless indulgence, hygge and hot cocoa intertwine to create a sensory haven, inviting us to slow down and relish the sweet moments of life.

Old Fashioned Hot Cocoa Recipe

Makes 5 8oz Servings


  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of 100% unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of boiling water
  • Four cups of milk
  • One teaspoon of *salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract


Combine sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a saucepan.
Add boiling water and whisk.
Bring mixture to a simmer, stirring continuously to prevent scorching.
Let gently boil until sugar is dissolved and looks smooth like a chocolate syrup.
Slowly add 4 c milk.
Reduce heat to prevent milk from scorching. Beat with a wire whisk.
Heat to desired temperature.
Mix in the vanilla extract
Pour into mugs.

Topping suggestions: 

Real Whipped Cream
Cinnamon Stick

*Why salt? Dark or bittersweet chocolate is often used to make hot chocolate because of the rich texture it lends to the drink.
Salt has the power to tame bitter tastes, creating a more balanced flavor between the bitter and the sweet.

For a little kick, add a pinch cayenne pepper to the dry ingredients!

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