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!
Keyword hot chocolate
Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 5minutes
Total Time 10minutes
Servings 4-6 cups of hot chocolate
Base Hot Chocolate Recipe
1/4cupDutch-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)
1/2cupwhite granulated sugar
Pinch of sea salt
Optional: replace 1/2 cup milk with French vanilla coffee creamer,
1teaspoonpure vanilla extract
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
In a saucepan or pot, whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar, and salt. Pour in the hot water and whisk constantly.
Bring to a boil, over medium-high heat, and 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 serving temperature.
Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
Pour into cups or mugs 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!Nutrition information does not include whipped cream or coffee creamer.