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Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

Make a quick 5-minute homemade hot chocolate with chocolate chips, cocoa powder and milk for an easy, decadent and cozy treat!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade hot chocolate recipe, homemade hot cocoa, hot chocolate recipe, hot cocoa
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 - 4 people
Calories 199kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 2 ounces chocolate or about ¼ cup of chocolate chips (use dark or semi-sweet for a richer flavor)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups milk (I use 2%)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup sugar (or more or less, to taste)
  • teaspoon salt
  • Optional toppings: whipped cream, marshmallows, shaved chocolate


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan over low heat. Stir constantly until the chocolate melts, the sugar dissolves, and the beverage reaches desired temperature.
  • Pour into a mugs and garnish with desired toppings.


  • Choose a high-quality dark or semisweet chocolate for the best, rich flavor. I like Lindt 78% dark chocolate. Chocolate chips will also work!
  • Use 2% milk (or even whole milk or cream) for the smoothest, creamiest flavor and texture.
  • Warm the hot chocolate over low heat -- do not let it boil -- and whisk frequently to help the ingredients dissolve and combine.
  • Adjust the amount of sugar to suit your taste. If you want a less-sweet hot chocolate, cut the sugar in half. If your kids like a sweeter drink, add more sugar.


Serving: 1/4 of the recipe | Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 305mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 2mg