Home > Beverages > Hot Chocolate Hot Chocolate November 16, 2018 | 7 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Creamy, dreamy hot chocolate — you’ll never go back to buying mixes or packets after trying this recipe and seeing how simple it is to make! Use this hot chocolate recipe to warm up on a cold day, as the staple for a hot chocolate bar, or alongside these perfect oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Hot Chocolate Hands down, hot chocolate is my favorite drink. Come Fall and Winter I basically have a mug of hot chocolate glued to my hand at all times. Recently I’ve been going crazy with pairing hot cocoa and creme brulee together. Probably my favorite go-to treat at the moment! Although hot chocolate packets are easy and convenient, I’m convinced that once you try this hot chocolate recipe, you’ll never want to go back! This cocoa is so fast to make, uses staple ingredients you probably already have, has so much flavor, and is easy to customize. Read on to learn how to make your own hot cocoa and ditch those packets from hot chocolate brands! How do you make your own hot chocolate? You won’t believe how simple it is to make homemade hot chocolate! You’ll start by whisking together cocoa powder, granulated sugar, and just a pinch of salt (to help intensify flavors and balance out the sweet). Pour in some hot water and bring the mixture to a simmer. Next, pour in milk and/or coffee creamer and bring it to the temperature you’d like. Finally, remove from heat and enjoy. With a massive mound of whipped cream of course. 🙂 Scroll down to the recipe below for specific quantities and detailed instructions. Is hot chocolate made with milk or water? While you can make hot chocolate with water, it’s much more flavorful and creamy with milk. This recipe calls for milk and I think you’ll agree it’s best with milk! One of the my FAVORITE parts of making hot chocolate is customizing it each time. From mix-ins, to toppings, to sauces, the possibilities are endless. I’ve listed some of my favorites below. Topping Ideas: Miniature Chocolate Chips Crushed toffee (heath) bars Miniature peppermint sticks Regular peppermint sticks Lindt truffles (add one truffle to your cup of hot chocolate for chocolate overload in the best way possible) Pirouette Cookies Miniature white marshmallows or miniature peppermint marshmallows Dehydrated marshmallows, (I’ve found these on the coffee/hot chocolate aisle in most grocery stores) Cinnamon sticks Different flavored coffee creamers Whipped topping Caramel Sauce Hot fudge sauce Peppermint Stick Ice Cream (one scoop in a cup of hot cocoa and you’ll never go back to plain!) The following variations aren’t for everyone, but they’re a fun to mix things up every once in a while 🙂 Variation Ideas: Flavor your hot chocolate: use peppermint extract, orange extract, raspberry extract, or coconut extract. Use a different coffee creamer flavor (hazelnut, creme brulee, etc.) Make it spicy: (think Mexican Hot Chocolate): to this batch add about 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon (or to taste) of chili powder. Add some spice: a pinch of cinnamon can totally change your cocoa! Make dark hot chocolate: use special dark cocoa powder instead of regular. Last, but not least, since I have a background in health*, I get asked these two questions frequently (whenever I profess my undying love for hot chocolate): Is it bad to drink hot chocolate? You’ll hear different opinions on this depending on who you ask — some say it’s good, some say it’s bad. Here are the arguments made by both sides (which are all valid arguments)! Reasons it’s good for you: high in antioxidants which help prevent cancer, heart disease, etc. as they fight free radicals in the body (yes the same antioxidants you’re getting from an acai bowl!). Hot chocolate also has a lot of flavonoids which increase the blood flow and oxygen to the brain. (These benefits are for homemade hot chocolate using cocoa powder). Reasons it’s not so good for you: high in calories, fat, and sugar. The way I see it, when enjoyed in moderation, hot chocolate is a great treat 🙂 ENJOY! Pair your cocoa with one of these treats: Tart dried fruits (think dried cranberries) or fresh clementines 7 Layer Bars (Chocolate overload!) Carmelitas (Reader Favorite) Oatmeal Cookies FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Hot Chocolate 5 from 3 votes - Review this recipe Creamy, dreamy hot chocolate -- you'll never go back to buying mixes or packets after trying this recipe and seeing how simple it is to make! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Hot Chocolate 5 from 3 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Creamy, dreamy hot chocolate -- you'll never go back to buying mixes or packets after trying this recipe and seeing how simple it is to make! Course Drinks Cuisine American Keyword hot chocolate Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 5 minutes Total Time 10 minutes Servings 4 -6 cups of hot chocolate Calories 72kcal Author Chelsea IngredientsBase Hot Chocolate Recipe1/4 cup dutch process cocoa powder (use a good high quality for the BEST hot chocolate, but Hershey's works great here too; if not using dutch process use 1/3 cup cocoa powder)1/2 cup white granulated sugarPinch of sea salt1/3 cup hot water3-4 cups whole milkOptional: replace 1/2 cup milk with French vanilla coffee creamer,1 teaspoon pure vanilla extractAdd insWhipped CreamMiniature or dehydrated marshmallowsChocolate shavings (using a vegetable peeler, peel a chocolate bar!)Variation IdeasInstead of vanilla extract, try orange extract for an orange hot chocolate or peppermint extract for a minty hot chocolate1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon InstructionsIn a saucepan or pot, add in the cocoa powder, sugar, and salt. Whisk. Pour in the hot water and whisk constantly.Bring to a boil, over medium high heat, keep the mixture on a low boil for one minute. Stir in the milk (add to preference -- for stronger hot chocolate add less milk and for a more mild hot chocolate; add more milk. IF desired, add coffee creamer in place of 1/2 cup of milk*). Bring the hot chocolate to your desired heat.Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.Pour into cups and garnish as desired with whatever add-ins you'd like! (See a more comprehensive list in the post.) Recipe Notes*Everyone's preference for hot chocolate is different and a lot of the end result depends on the cocoa powder you use. This is my favorite cocoa powder. I love 3 and 1/2 cups milk with 1/2 cup coffee creamer, but my kids and husband all prefer 4 cups milk with a splash of creamer. So play around with milk and creamer to get to YOUR perfect hot cocoa! Nutrition FactsCalories: 72kcal DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below. How to Make A DRY Hot Chocolate Mix: The “mix” is crazy easy — just 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa powder. If you want to make this ahead of time you can. Whisk together and store it in an airtight container in a cool dark place. Scoop out 3/4 cup whenever you want to make this recipe. How to Make A Hot Chocolate Recipe For One: 2 tablespoons unsweetened dutch process cocoa powder 2 tablespoons granulated sugar Tiny pinch of salt 1 cup whole milk (OR 3/4 cup whole milk and 1/4 cup vanilla coffee creamer) 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract In a small pot, whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar, and salt. Add in the hot water and whisk. Bring to a boil and then add in the whole milk. Bring to the temperature you’d like and then remove from heat and stir in the extract. Enjoy while hot. *While I have my background in Exercise and Wellness (B.S.), all the content in this post is for informational purposes only. Please consult a doctor or dietician for any specific dietary needs/questions.