Best Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

Discover the joy of making your own warm and tasty hot chocolate at home. Imagine a cozy December evening, wrapped up in a blanket, holding a mug of delicious hot chocolate. Our homemade hot chocolate is made with simple ingredients, and it’s not just delightful but also quick to prepare.

Forget about store-bought mixes; our easy homemade hot chocolate recipe uses real ingredients that simmer together in a saucepan. It’s a beverage that is simple, tasty, and much more satisfying than anything you can buy pre-packaged.

The special touch in this hot chocolate comes from the mix of cocoa powder and chocolate chips. The cocoa powder gives it that classic “hot cocoa” taste, and the chocolate chips melt into the mix, adding creaminess, richness, and a touch of luxury. A bit of vanilla extract ties everything together, creating what we proudly call the perfect homemade hot chocolate.

Here’s how to make this delightful drink: start by choosing your favorite milk and warming it in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Whole milk or 2% is recommended, but you can also try almond milk as a healthier option. Whisk in cocoa powder and sugar, letting the mixture warm up. Once the milk is just right, add chocolate chips and whisk until they melt and blend smoothly. Finish it off with a dash of vanilla extract for the perfect flavor balance.

Serve your hot chocolate right away, and get creative with your toppings – marshmallows, whipped cream, chopped chocolate, or crushed candy canes – the choice is yours.

What makes our homemade hot chocolate special is its flexibility. Make it richer by adding half and half, adjust the sweetness with bittersweet or dark chocolate chips, or go for a healthier version using skim milk or almond milk with less sugar.

Feeling adventurous? Add cinnamon, peppermint extract, a shot of espresso, or a drizzle of caramel sauce for a unique flavor. The options are endless, allowing you to customize your hot chocolate just the way you like it.

Immerse yourself in the warmth and flavor of our creamy homemade hot chocolate. Made with love and real ingredients, it’s a delightful treat that brings joy with every sip. Say goodbye to the ordinary and savor the extraordinary – homemade hot chocolate, your way.

Creamy Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe:


Yield: 4 servings (adjustable for smaller servings)

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups milk (whole or 2% recommended)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate bar)
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine milk, cocoa powder, and sugar. Heat over medium/medium-low heat, whisking frequently until warm (avoid boiling).
  2. Add chocolate chips, and whisk constantly until melted and evenly distributed in the milk.
  3. Whisk in vanilla extract and serve immediately.

For smaller servings, refer to the provided adjustments in the recipe.

Enjoy the goodness of homemade hot chocolate – your ticket to a moment of pure, customizable indulgence.

StepIngredientsInstructionsNutrition
14 cups milk (whole or 2% recommended)In a small saucepan, combine milk, cocoa powder, and sugar. Heat over medium/medium-low heat, whisking frequently until warm (avoid boiling).Calories: 323kcal, Carbs: 42g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 121mg, Potassium: 403mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 38g, Vitamin A: 445IU, Calcium: 309mg, Iron: 1.1mg
2¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powderAdd chocolate chips, whisk constantly until melted and evenly distributed in the milk.Nutritional Information is an estimate based on third-party calculations and may vary based on products used and serving sizes.
3¼ cup granulated sugarWhisk in vanilla extract and serve immediately.
4½ cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate bar)
5¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

To enhance the experience try this hot chocolate with our Almond cookies.