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Best Homemade Hot Chocolate

Best Homemade Hot Chocolate

This rich and creamy hot chocolate is super easy to make, and has intense chocolate flavor. Garnish with whipped cream or marshmallows for a cold weather treat!

 Course: Dessert
 Cuisine: American
 Keyword: hot chocolate recipe
 Prep Time: 5 minutes
 Cook Time: 10 minutes
 Total Time: 15 minutes
 Servings: 2 servings
 Calories: 470kcal

 Author: Joanne Ozug fifteenspatulas.com


2 cups whole milk
2 tbsp sugar *
4 oz bittersweet chocolate chopped (just under 1 cup measured)
splash of vanilla extract optional
whipped cream optional
marshmallows optional


1. Combine milk and sugar in a small saucepan and place on the stovetop over medium heat.

2. While the milk is heating place the chopped chocolate in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds. Take the chocolate out and stir it. Return to microwave and heat for another thirty seconds, remove and stir. Continue to heat and stir the chocolate in 30 second intervals until just melted.

3. When the milk reaches the scalding point (180 degrees F, with bubbles on the side), turn off the heat and add the melted chocolate, whisking to combine. Add the vanilla extract now, if desired. Top with whipped cream or marshmallows if using, and enjoy!


Make sure you don’t overheat the milk. You want it to just have bubbles on the sides, about 180 degrees F. You do not want the milk to boil.

*If you use a sweeter chocolate such as semisweet or milk chocolate, you may want to reduce or eliminate the sugar altogether. You can always sweeten to taste at the end.


Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 111mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 56g

How to Make the Best Homemade Hot Chocolate

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