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Hot Chocolate

December 28, 2015 (Last Updated: October 13, 2020)

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Homemade Hot Chocolate is so easy and Delicious to Make!

Tall glass mug filled with hot chocolate and topped with whipped cream.

We had a white Christmas!  It was one of the most beautiful winter days that I remember in a long time.  I know much of the country was in a heat wave, but we had four days of non-stop snow and then on Christmas day, the sun was out.  The sky was a brilliant blue and the snow sparkled.

During the winter we rarely see the sun…or if we do it’s just brief glimpses.  Our days tend to be mostly gray.  The snow does tend to off-set the lack of sun.  But to have fresh snow and sunshine… It was a glorious day and we spent the afternoon sledding at Grandma’s house!A girl in a blue jacket carrying a sled up a hill covered in snow.

After a hard day of sledding, hot chocolate is just the ticket!  And homemade hot chocolate is amazingly delicious!  My kids prefer this hot chocolate over the instant powdered kind and often make themselves a cup. It really isn’t any more difficult than measuring out the powdered stuff.

Whipped cream topped with colored sprinkles on a glass of chocolate milk.

We did top this hot chocolate with whipped cream, sprinkles and peppermint sticks!  Sometimes we do chocolate shavings on top too! Most days, it’s just plain or a few mini marshmallows.  Special occasions get the full treatment!Hot Chocolate in a glass mug with two straws.

Treats to serve with homemade hot chocolate

Hot Chocolate with chocolate brownies on a white table.


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A glass mug filled with hot chocolate and whipped cream with two red and white straws in the glass.

Hot Chocolate

Recipe makes one cup of hot chocolate.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup
Calories 265 kcal


  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup milk


  • Heat milk on the stove top or in a microwave. You want milk hot, but not scalded.
  • In mug, add sugar and cocoa powder.
  • Mix in 1 Tablespoon of hot milk. Stir until all lumps are dissolved.
  • Add remaining milk. Stir.
  • Add your choice of whipped cream, mini marshmallows, shaved chocolate or enjoy plain.


Recipe can be doubled. Simply heat 2 cups of milk. Mix cocoa and sugar in individual mugs.


Calories: 265kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 10gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 107mgPotassium: 474mgFiber: 3gSugar: 36gVitamin A: 395IUCalcium: 289mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cocoa, cocoa recipe, hot chocolate, hot chocolate recipe, hot chocolate recipe for one
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Birdhouse covered with snow.





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  • Reply
    Fred G
    October 26, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    5 stars
    Great for cold days.

  • Reply
    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    December 30, 2015 at 8:13 am

    5 stars
    Homemade hot chocolate is the best!! I was so upset that we didn’t have a white Christmas and it was 65 degrees. Now it’s been snowing for 2 days and I’m sick of it already! Hahaha! No pleasing me cos I’m Florida born and raised until I moved in NH 3 years ago. I would be happy if if snowed on Christmas only and then melted all the next day. 🙂

    • Reply
      December 31, 2015 at 6:09 am

      I understand…and all that snow stays around forever. A cup of hot chocolate will chase away the blues!

  • Reply
    December 29, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Your Christmas day sounds absolutely beautiful. I would have loved a little more snow here, but the last three or four Christmases have had a ton. You’ve definitely made me in the mood for hot chocolate. I love when it’s homemade. Looks great!

    • Reply
      December 31, 2015 at 6:16 am

      Gotta love the homemade!

  • Reply
    Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
    December 29, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    5 stars
    Snow and hot chocolate – that’s a definition of a perfect winter day! Your hot chocolate looks delicious!

    • Reply
      December 31, 2015 at 6:17 am

      Hot chocolate and just about anything seems to go!

  • Reply
    Jess @ Sweetest Menu
    December 29, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Hot chocolate AND snow – I’m so jealous! This looks like the best holidays ever!

    • Reply
      December 31, 2015 at 6:20 am

      It was a great holiday! Thanks!

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