Raise your hand if you’ve only ever had hot chocolate from a packet. That was me up until several years ago when I decided to try out making my own. How hard could it be? Just mix cocoa powder, sugar, and milk, right? It turns out it actually IS that simple. After adjusting my recipe several times over the years, I’ve finally landed on THE ONE. It’s a snap to make, not too sweet, never watery, and not too chocolatey (ok, that last one isn’t really true because when someone says hot chocolate, it better taste like CHOCOLATE 😉 ). Once you’ve tried this, you will never go back to packets again!
This special hot cocoa would be perfect for a family movie night, Christmas eve night, or double the recipe, place it in a mason jar, and gift it! I also love that you can customize this with all of your favorite toppings! My personal favorites are fresh whipped cream with a drizzle of caramel sauce and course sea salt or fresh whipped cream with crushed candy canes, mini chocolate chips, and a sprinkle of course sea salt. Other ideas: Andes mints, Marshmallows (have fun with different flavored marshmallows!), or sprinkles.
Have fun with it and make it your own!
Homemade Hot Chocolate
makes two large 8 oz cups of cocoa
- 1 1/2 Cups 2% milk
- 1/2 Cup heavy cream
- 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder – my go to >>> HERSHEY’S Natural Unsweetened 100% Cocoa, Baking supplies and Beverage Mix Gluten Free, 8 Ounce Can (Pack of 6)
- 3 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips (you can use regular sized, but they will not melt as quickly)
- 4 Tablespoons powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons corn starch (you can leave this out if needed, but it brings a thick creaminess to the cocoa that makes it special.)
- Whisk together 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder, 3 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips, 4 Tablespoons powdered sugar, and 2 teaspoons cornstarch.
- Warm 1 1/2 Cups 2% milk and 1/2 Cup heavy cream in a small saucepan over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring often. Do not let the mixture boil.
- Whisk in the cocoa powder mixture over low heat. Keep whisking for one minute or just until chocolate chips are fully melted and mixture is fully incorporated.
- Pour into your favorite mugs and serve with your favorite hot cocoa toppings.
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