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101 Days of Christmas: Homemade Hot Chocolate

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Homemade Hot Chocolate {101 Days of Christmas at}

During the first 101 Days of Christmas series, I shared Alton Brown’s hot cocoa mix recipe, which is perfect for packaging in gifts, but last year we were on the hunt for a homemade hot chocolate recipe that we could pull together easily on the stove from basic ingredients. After testing a few, we finally settled on this one.

It’s rich and creamy, perfect for snow days or to sip while you’re decorating your tree, and I love to add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper to mine for a little spiciness!

Homemade Hot Chocolate {101 Days of Christmas at}


  • 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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