How to Keep Your Hot Cocoa from Clumping


Hate dry clumps in your hot cocoa? Here's what to do.

Photography Credit: Sally Vargas

A good cup of hot cocoa on a chilly morning is one of the things I love most this time of year. Marshmallows are not optional.

But I hate those little clumps of dry cocoa that never seem to break apart or dissolve, no matter how much I whisk. So annoying! Happily, our contributor Sally has a solution.

In her recent post on making Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix, Sally offers this genius solution:

Make a paste with the hot cocoa mix and one or two tablespoons of the milk. Make sure all the cocoa mix is moistened, and then stir in the rest of the milk.

Since it’s already moistened, the cocoa mix will dissolve evenly into the milk. No dry clumps.

Give it a try for yourself!


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Emma Christensen

Emma Christensen is the Editor-in-Chief of Simply Recipes, and has over 10 years of experience creating food and content for web and print. She was formerly the recipe editor for The Kitchn and is the author of three books on home-brewing, True Brews, Brew Better Beer, and Modern Cider. Emma is a graduate of The Cambridge School for Culinary Arts and Bryn Mawr College. She lives in San Jose, California.

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  1. Gabrielle

    This is how my mum taught my siblings and I to make cocoa when we were small. Works like a charm! Every time I’ve skipped this step I’ve regretted it.

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