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Hot Chocolate

December 28, 2015 (Last Updated: December 9, 2019)

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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!Heading up the snow hill for sledding.

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.


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5 from 4 votes
Homemade Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
7 mins
Recipe makes one cup of hot chocolate.
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocoa, cocoa recipe, hot chocolate, hot chocolate recipe, hot chocolate recipe for one
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 265 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup milk
  1. Heat milk on the stove top or in a microwave. You want milk hot, but not scalded.
  2. In mug, add sugar and cocoa powder.
  3. Mix in 1 Tablespoon of hot milk. Stir until all lumps are dissolved.
  4. Add remaining milk. Stir.
  5. Add your choice of whipped cream, mini marshmallows, shaved chocolate or enjoy plain.
Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
Hot Chocolate
Amount Per Serving
Calories 265 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 107mg5%
Potassium 474mg14%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 395IU8%
Calcium 289mg29%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Birdhouse covered with snow.





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  • 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!

  • Reply
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    December 29, 2015 at 10:28 am

    5 stars
    What a fabulous Christmas afternoon and then to come in to this mugful of deliciousness! WOW! So happy you had such a great day with sunshine and snow, Kathy. Wonderful family memories and I loved seeing all the festive pictures. We got our first snow last night but it is turning into ice presently. Bleh!

    • Reply
      December 31, 2015 at 6:21 am

      Ugh….there’s nothing worse than ice. It makes it impossible to walk, drive or just about anything.

  • Reply
    Meghan | Fox and Briar
    December 29, 2015 at 9:47 am

    5 stars
    That snow is beautiful! I miss snow, especially at Christmas! Hot chocolate is the perfect thing after coming in from a few hours of sledding, and I love the chocolate shavings and peppermint sticks you added to make it extra festive!

  • Reply
    December 29, 2015 at 7:34 am

    So jealous Kathy! A white Christmas – we had record high temperatures 🙂 Oh well it was lovely with the air conditioning on in Virginia! I miss the snow … sometimes. But I can try your hot chocolate even if I didn’t go sledding -yummy! Have a Happy New Year

    • Reply
      December 31, 2015 at 6:26 am

      Crazy weather! Hope you get some cooler temps and some snow! Happy New Year!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    December 29, 2015 at 7:10 am

    Wow, you guys did indeed get some serious snow! (But serious snow means serious shoveling, too.) And it doesn’t matter whether you are sledding or shoveling, the perfect cure is always hot chocolate. This looks delicious! Glad you guys finally got some snow…we got 1-2″ last night which was our first of the year. Crazy!

    • Reply
      December 31, 2015 at 6:24 am

      This winter seems to be unusual for many. Happy shoveling!

  • Reply
    Jess @ What Jessica Baked Next
    December 29, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Love homemade hot chocolate! This looks delicious!

    • Reply
      December 31, 2015 at 6:24 am

      Thanks, Jess!

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    December 29, 2015 at 6:39 am

    Looks like you had a gorgeous and fun filled Christmas! It was hot and muggy here in NC. 🙁 This home made hot chocolate sounds fabulous, my dear! Why use the store bought powdered crap when you can have this?!? SO yum! Cheers and warm wishes for a beautiful new year!

    • Reply
      December 31, 2015 at 6:23 am

      Warm weather I can handle. Muggy…ugh!

  • Reply
    Laura @ Raise Your Garden
    December 29, 2015 at 6:10 am

    I had no idea it was this easy to make your own Hot Cocoa! Honestly, the fake, phony ingredients in the packaged kind is not for me! Thanks for sharing. Now that we have finally have snow, it’s time for hot chocolate. Love the chocolate shred on top, will have to have those!!! Downing this with a piece of sponge candy is my kind of day. And if you haven’t had sponge candy……google it. Best stuff on earth!!!!! But it’s a Buffalo thing.

    • Reply
      December 31, 2015 at 6:22 am

      To make the chocolate swirls, just take a chocolate bar and a potato peeler. “Peel” along the edge and these cute swirls appear! Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Lori from LL Farm
    December 28, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    How exciting that you have snow! These pictures look amazing! I thought oh, this is going to be ingredients that I don’t have, but…you came through again. Thanks for this simple recipe!

    • Reply
      December 29, 2015 at 5:50 am

      Thanks, Lori! Very simple and very yummy!

  • Reply
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    December 28, 2015 at 10:57 am

    I’m so jealous you guys got a white Christmas! It looks absolutely gorgeous.

    • Reply
      December 29, 2015 at 5:50 am

      It was beautiful!

  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    December 28, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Oh my goodness! All that snow is gorgeous! I didn’t realize that anyone had a white Christmas this year. It’s been hot, humid, and rainy in NC. This homemade hot chocolate is the perfect end to a day of sledding!

    • Reply
      December 29, 2015 at 5:51 am

      Hot, humid and rainy does not sound like fun… I’ll keep the snow…for now!

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