Nothing makes our girls happier when they come inside after playing in the snow than a warm treat. Having a pot of homemade hot chocolate on the wood stove ready for them is guaranteed to warm them up on the coldest Alaskan days.
Alaskan schools send their students outside for recess down to 20 below. Although we homeschool and it rarely gets that cold at our home, our girls still go play outside even in negative temperatures. As long as they’re properly geared up, there’s no reason to stay inside and miss out on fresh air just because it’s a bit chilly!
No matter the temperature, it’s always nice to come back inside to a cozy, warm home with the fire going. A cup of homemade cocoa isn’t so bad either! Keeping a pot warm on the woodstove while they play outside is a quick and easy treat on a winter day.
Cooking on a Wood Stove
Although we have a fully modern kitchen, I’m trying to use our wood-burning stove more often. It usually stays lit all winter so the top is always hot. Keeping a pot of soup simmering or this hot chocolate adds even more warmth to our home. It also uses energy that is being produced by the fire that’s heating our home, instead of using the extra energy of the electric stove.
Hot chocolate is the perfect recipe to make on our wood stove. Even if the stove is turned down low, it will keep the pot warm enough. You don’t want the hot chocolate to be boiling or it will need to cool before drinking. The stove keeps the cocoa at the right temperature to allow family members to ladle themselves a cupful as they please throughout the afternoon.
If you don’t have a wood stove heating your home, this recipe can easily be made in a pot on any stove. It even works in cast iron over a campfire.
Making Hot Chocolate on the Wood Stove
This is our favorite hot chocolate recipe. It’s quick and easy to make and uses whole, healthy ingredients. Thanks to our dairy cow, we have an abundance of fresh milk and this is one of our favorite ways to use it. We also have raw honey from our bees and it sweetens this cocoa perfectly instead of using granulated sugar. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Whole milk
You won’t need any special kitchen tools to make this, just the basics.
- Stock pot
- Measuring cups and spoons
Homemade Hot Chocolate
- Measuring cups and spoons
- 1/2 gallon Whole Milk
- 1 cup Honey
- 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 dash Sea Salt
- Add all ingredients to stockpot
- Whisk vigorously until combined
- Allow to cook on top of a wood stove (or regular stove) until warm, but not too hot
- Ladle into mugs and enjoy!
If you want to make your hot chocolate even more delicious, homemade marshmallows are amazing! This recipe is my favorite, so easy to make and they melt into a creamy delight in your mug. Yum!