Beverage/ Recipe

Hot Chocolate

December 28, 2015 (Last Updated: October 21, 2018)

Homemade Hot Chocolate is so easy and Delicious to Make!Hot Chocolate

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!

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.Hot ChocolateWe 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

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: 264 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 264 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 107mg 4%
Potassium 474mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 36g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 7.9%
Calcium 28.9%
Iron 7.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Hot ChocolateThe birdhouse below was during the first day of the big snow storm.  We received more than two feet of snow.  So pretty, but lots of shoveling.Birdhouse covered with snow.

This hot chocolate goes perfectly with

Dark chocolate oat cookies

Dark Chocolate Oat Cookies

Sugar cookies with peppermint candies

Sugar Cookies with Peppermint

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

    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

    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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