Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate

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Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate

Although we’ve been waiting anxiously for a significant snow storm this winter (and are more than a little jealous of our neighbors to the north who got a real live blizzard last week!), we have been lucky enough to get a few snow showers since Christmas, and this hot chocolate has become one of our favorite “snow day” treats!

It comes together quickly on the stove, and while sugar is sugar, I feel better about serving this homemade treat (with whole milk, fair-trade cocoa and just a few additional ingredients) to my girls than the stuff that comes in little packets. And it’s a whole lot cheaper too!

Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate

Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate


  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


Combine cocoa powder, sugar, salt and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 1-2 minutes, stirring often.

Add milk and cream and continue heating over medium-low until hot.

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.

Makes 4 servings.


  • Add a pinch of cinnamon or (my favorite) cayenne pepper for a little spice.
  • Use almond or peppermint extract instead of vanilla.
  • Top with whipped cream.

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