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Martha Washington's Colonial Chocolate


This was George Washington's favorite hot chocolate.


  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • Small amount of cold water
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Small amount of cold milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Mix cocoa and cold water to a smooth paste in a saucepan.
  2. Stir in the 2 cups water, sugar and milk. Bring to a boil and blend in cornstarch which has been dissolved in the cold milk.
  3. Boil for 3 minutes longer.
  4. Remove from heat and set in a warm place.
  5. Beat egg and hot water until light and foamy.
  6. Pour half of egg mixture into a pitcher.
  7. Blend in vanilla extract.
  8. Add to chocolate slowly.
  9. Pour remaining egg mixture over top.
  10. Serve.


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