Next Level Homemade Hot Chocolate

2 servings
7 min

Does anyone else think the holiday season starts right after Thanksgiving? I do! One of my favorite things to do during December is watch a movie, snuggled up with a fuzzy blanket and watch a movie while drinking Hot Chocolate. It's truly the best way to unwind after a longgg day. I love making Homemade Hot Chocolate because not only do I have it in a matter of minutes in the comfort of my own home, but it's better than the store-bought stuff....100%. It's so much creamier, richer, and tastier especially when you know every ingredient you put in there.

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Next Level Homemade Hot Chocolate
Recipe details
  • 2  servings
  • Prep time: 2 Minutes Cook time: 5 Minutes Total time: 7 min
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  • 2 1/2 cups milk (preferably whole or 2%)
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp instant coffee (optional)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • Whipped cream, marshmallows or any other toppings of your choice (for serving)

At medium-low heat, pour your milk and half-and-half into your saucepan. Sift in your cocoa powder and stir frequently until warm (not boiling). Add in your instant coffee, sugar, salt, and vanilla. Mix until combined.
Remove from heat and divide between cups. Top with whipped cream, marshmallows, and dust with powdered cocoa, or keep plain. Serve immediately.
  • Using high-quality cocoa powder is best if you want to level up this hot chocolate recipe. You'll be able to taste the difference!
  • Feel free to substitute the milk for plant-based options like almond milk.
  • If you're not a caffeine drinker, no worries, just skip the instant coffee entirely.
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  • Mary Mary on Nov 29, 2020

    Sounds so good. I think it is similar to my moms cocoa she use to make, but she put the cocoa in a pan with just enough water to mix into a smooth paste like substance, then added milk and vanilla, salt and sugar. Sooo good!

  • Phil Hamilton Phil Hamilton on Nov 29, 2020

    sounds great. I will make it this weekend