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Hot chocolate in a latte mug.

Hot Chocolate Recipe

In the time it takes to microwave water and dump in a packet of stale chocolate powder, you can have luscious, homemade Hot Chocolate that is rich, velvety, and oh-so-delicious.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings (1 cup each)
Calories 172kcal



  • In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Whisk in cocoa until mostly smooth with some lumps. Reduce heat to medium and whisk in milk until cocoa powder is dissolved.
  • Bring to a simmer and whisk in chocolate, sugar, and salt. Reduce heat to low and whisk until chocolate is smooth and incorporated. Taste and add more sugar if desired (I like 2 additional tablespoons for 1/4 cup total).
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Serve with whipped cream and marshmallows if desired.


  1. Milk: Of course hot chocolate tastes more decadent and delicious with whole milk, but it's still plenty rich and chocolatey if you use 2% milk.
  2. Bittersweet chocolate: Do not substitute semi-sweet chocolate; it will leave an artificial after-taste.
  3. Sugar: Start with 2 tablespoons sugar and add more to taste (I add a full 1/4 cup when I make this recipe).
  4. Yield: This Hot Chocolate recipe makes 4 cups (32 ounces or 1 quart).
  5. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Some separation may occur, so stir to recombine while reheating.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 296IU | Calcium: 213mg | Iron: 1mg