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Hot Chocolate

How to make the best hot chocolate from scratch. Don't forget to check out my step by step photos and tips above.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 847kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole milk (700mL)
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (50g)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chopped or chips (40z/113g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (2.5ml)

Instructions

  • First, roughly chop the chocolate into small pieces or use chocolate chips.
  • Combine milk, and sugar in a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Whisk together and warm while whisking frequently.
  • Add the cocoa powder in and whisk together over heat until hot but not boiling.
  • Add the chopped chocolate and whisk until all the pieces have melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Serve with whipped cream.

Notes

  • Don't let the hot chocolate boil or the chocolate will split and you'll have a grainy texture.
  • The thickness of the hot chocolate comes from the chocolate itself so if you'd like a thicker texture you can either add more chocolate or you can add a cornstarch slurry made of 2 tsp cornstarch and 4-5 tsp water. Add it to the saucepan and stir until thickened.
  • You can easily customize your hot chocolate with different flavors by swapping the vanilla extract for orange, peppermint, or even rum extracts. If you'd like to add a splash of liqueur why not try baileys, amaretto, or a nut liqueur such as Frangelico.
  • Although I recommend using either semi-sweet or dark chocolate you can use milk chocolate if you prefer (you may need to adjust the amount of sugar added because milk chocolate is much sweeter).
  • Topping ideas - other than whipped cream and chocolate shavings you could top your hot chocolate with marshmallow or crushed candy canes during the holidays.
  • Leftovers will keep well in the fridge for 3-4 days and can be reheated (do not boil). I don't recommend freezing.

Nutrition

Calories: 847kcal | Carbohydrates: 93g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 168mg | Potassium: 1096mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 76g | Vitamin A: 637IU | Calcium: 478mg | Iron: 7mg