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!
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!
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
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!
- 1/4 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 sugar
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1/3 cup hot water
- 3-4 cups whole milk
- Optional: replace 1/2 cup milk with French vanilla coffee creamer,
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Whipped Cream
- Miniature or dehydrated marshmallows
- Chocolate shavings (using a vegetable peeler, peel a chocolate bar!)
- Instead of vanilla extract, try orange extract for an orange hot chocolate or peppermint extract for a minty hot chocolate
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In 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.)
*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!
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 (BA), all the content in this post is for informational purposes only. Please consult a doctor or dietician for any specific dietary needs/questions.