Homemade Hot Chocolate


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When you make homemade hot chocolate, your kids will want to play outside in the cold and snow every day to come inside for a cup of this creamy cocoa! Made with chunks of real semi-sweet chocolate melted into cream…it’s hands down the best hot chocolate you’ll ever taste!

When the colder months hit, I’m obsessed with making cozy drinks; Pumpkin Spice Lattes or my Homemade Eggnog, just give me a hug in a mug! What could be better than coming in from the cold to sweet and creamy homemade hot chocolate?

Two mugs filled with homemade hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

Keeping Hot Chocolate From Burning

Trying to cook chocolate too quickly on high heat doesn’t work. Homemade hot chocolate needs a bit of patience!

  • Cook over medium heat.
  • Ensure the mixture never comes to a boil, you want little bubbles to begin to form around the edges.
  • Chocolate, like this recipe calls for, can easily burn as it melts so be sure to whisk constantly.

A bar of chocolate being chopped on a cutting board.

How To Make Homemade Hot Chocolate

This recipe can be made for one or for a crowd, simply double or triple it!

  1. Combine the milk, cream, and sugar (per recipe below), in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Whisk until chocolate melts and continue mixing until steaming hot and frothy! (Don’t allow it to come to a boil!)
  3. Stir in vanilla, then serve with your favorite toppings

Left image - milk and cream heating up in a sauce pan. Right image - chocolate melted into the milk and cream mixture in a sauce pan.

My Favorite Hot Chocolate Toppings

Some irresistible toppings that everyone adores are:

  • Whipped cream of course, try with flaked chocolate or a drizzle of chocolate sauce!
  • Steamed milk with a dusting of cinnamon or cocoa powder
  • A dollop of coconut cream (especially good if you make this recipe with white chocolate!)
  • A scoop of vanilla ice cream with a drizzle of caramel!
  • Candy cane stir sticks!
  • And of course everyone’s favorite marshmallows. Tiny or giant, multi colored or plain white, you just can’t beat hot chocolate with marshmallows!

With this simple recipe you may never go back to prepackaged hot cocoa again…it’s absolutely the best hot chocolate you’ll ever taste!

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Homemade Hot Chocolate

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Made with chunks of real semi-sweet chocolate melted into a creamy milk mixture...it’s hands down the best hot chocolate you’ll ever taste!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar or to taste
  • 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

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Instructions

  • Combine milk, cream and sugar over medium-low heat. Whisk until hot and sugar is dissolved.
  • Add chocolate and whisk until melted in.
  • Stir in vanilla and serve with whipped cream or marshmallows.

Recipe Notes

To Cook in Crock Pot: Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker for 4 hours on low whisking every hour. Once chocolate is melted and mixture is hot, keep on low.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 872, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 77g, Saturated Fat: 47g, Cholesterol: 205mg, Sodium: 98mg, Potassium: 577mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 25g, Vitamin A: 2159IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 240mg, Iron: 4mg
Keyword homemade, hot chocolate
A sauce pan full of homemade hot chocolate topped with mini marshmallows.
Three photos showing the process to make Homemade Hot Chocolate. The left shows a sauce pan filled with hot chocolate topped with mini marshmallows. The top right shows a bar of chocolate being chopped on a cutting board. The bottom right shows milk and cream heating up in a sauce pan.
Top photo -two mugs filled with homemade hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream and shaved chocolate. Bottom photo - A sauce pan full of homemade hot chocolate topped with mini marshmallows and chocolate shavings.

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