Homemade Hot Chocolate

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Does anything sound better than a steaming hot mug of luscious Homemade Hot Chocolate when the cold weather hits? I don’t think so! It’s a constant during the colder months, and I can’t imagine the holiday season with it. Couple it with a fireplace and a fluffy blanket, and you've got the cure for even the coldest of winter nights.

While you can stir cocoa powder into warm milk and call it a day, nothing compares to the rich, comforting goodness of a cup of homemade hot chocolate.
Hot, simmering milk melds with semi-sweet chocolate, cacao powder, and a dash of maple syrup, all in one pot. It’s luscious and unapologetically decadent and feels like a hug!
Hot Cocoa vs. Hot Chocolate

Most people mistakenly identify hot chocolate and cocoa as the same beverage. However, they differ in the ingredients that is used to make them. Traditionally, hot cocoa is made with cocoa powder, sugar and milk. On the other hand, hot chocolate is simply what it sounds like: chopped chocolate mixed with hot milk until thoroughly blended that gives it a distinctly rich flavor.

What makes this Recipe so good
  • Made with only 5 ingredients: You will love that the recipe uses ingredients you already have on hand so you can make it any time a chilly day rolls around.
  • Unbelievably easy to make:Making this recipe is as simple as heating all of the ingredients together on the stovetop and then pouring into mugs.
  • Taste decadent: Made with real chopped dark chocolate, this hot chocolate has a luscious and smooth texture and full of creamy chocolatey goodness.
  • Perfect for the Festive Season: This recipe is the perfect festive treat for the holidays. Spread the holiday cheer by setting up a hot chocolate bar that is guaranteed to be a hit at your Christmas party.
Here are a few more beverages you’ll love having in your winter and holiday lineup: How to Serve

I like to serve my cup of Hot Chocolate topped with some marshmallows (a must). Some of the other favorite toppings include: chocolate shavings, chocolate syrup, mini chocolate chips and candy canes.
Ready for more than just your basic hot chocolate? Here are a few suggestions to switch it up.
  • Make it boozy: Want to make your homemade hot chocolate just for the adults? Add in some Baileys!
  • Make Mexican Hot Chocolate: If you want to spice things up, you can turn this into Mexican Hot Chocolate by adding in some Cinnamon and Cayenne Pepper. Cinnamon adds warmth while a pinch of cayenne adds a touch of heat.

If you made this Homemade Hot Chocolate, I would love to know how it turned out! Please let me know by leaving a comment below.

  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 110 g dark chocolate( with 50-60% cocoa), finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Marshmallows, for garnishing

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the milk, cacao powder, maple syrup/honey and salt to a simmer. Stir everything until there are no lumps.
  2. Add the finely chopped dark chocolate and whisk for about 3 to 5 minutes, until the chocolate pieces are fully melted and the drink is smooth and hot.
  3. Remove the saucepan from heat, and stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the hot chocolate into mugs, garnish with your favorite toppings.
  5. Enjoy warm!


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