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Homemade Hot Chocolate

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  • Author: Ali
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: About 5 cups 1x


My favorite recipe for classic homemade hot chocolate.


  • 4 cups plain milk (dairy or plant-based)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • optional toppings: whipped cream, marshmallows or chocolate shavings


  1. Heat. Combine the milk, cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla and sea salt in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until the mixture almost reaches a simmer. (We want it to be steaming, but avoid coming to a boil.)
  2. Add the chocolate chips. Add in the chocolate chips and whisk until they are melted and evenly combined.
  3. Serve. Remove from heat. Serve warm, garnished with your favorite toppings, and enjoy!

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70 comments on “Hot Chocolate”

  1. Oh how gorgeous and how delicious, I bet. It’s still frigid in Chicago so this hot chocolate is perfection for another one of those nights.

  2. YOUR DOG! I die. So cute!
    I literally started drooling at that first picture with all the chocolate drips.
    This looks like the best darn hot chocolate out there, thanks for sharing a good homemade recipe!

  3. What a perfect hot chocolate! Can’t get enough of your cutest little dog too!! xo

  4. We got quite a bit of snow here too! My kids can’t wait to get out in it today to play, and we have everything to make this yummy looking hot cocoa later! And the marshmallows and chocolate on top is a must!

  5. Oh this is perfect! I could use a cup right now!

  6. Oh how I love snow days! I’m having one today…. But also working. At least I have my blanket and morning coffee… though i now think I’m going to need this hot chocolate, too!

  7. oh my god this looks perfect!! throw a little toasted coconut on top and I will literally swoon :)

  8. marshmallows always!! Your pup is sooo adorable.

  9. I love the puppy pic! And I must try this hot chocolate, thanks so much for sharing it with us! :)

  10. Even though I am out here in sunny California and havent seen cold weather yet…. this looks FAB!!!!!

  11. As a resident of Kansas City, I would love to know the location of said irresistible vegan nachos….thank you for your wonderful recipes and favorite things tips! Those slippers look so so comfy!!!

  12. Looks delish and can’t wait to make it! Tell me where you go for your vegan nachos? I also am from KC and my daughter is vegan and we love to try new places.

  13. I’m not much for hot chocolate and especially Hershey’s cocoa but I had to say your little dog is just the cutest.
    And your capuring his little snowy face is good photography. Thanks for sharing it all.

  14. What a wonderful account of your snowy day. We just got a foot, yes a FOOT of snow today, but I haven’t done anything fun with it yet!!

    I need some hot choc stat!

  15. Your dog is so cute! And this looks simple and perfect, love it!

  16. I’m curious about where the nachos are from? Always looking for a new place to eat.

    • I think the nachos are from Fud. it’s the only vegan one that comes up in the search. It looks like it’s between the crossroads and power and light!

    • Yes please share! Always looking for “to die for” food in KC.

  17. Gorgeous! I need a cup right about now!

  18. This looks absolutely decadent! Perfect for a cold, snowy day. We got 4 inches of snow yesterday and are expecting more this weekend. The cold temps make me want a warm drink like this!

  19. There is absolutely nothing better on a snowy day than homemade hot chocolate! This is gorgeous!

  20. Ohhh man. WE might not have the snow – but we have the frigid temps here in Seattle!! I need a big olllleeee pot of this immediately!!

  21. Ohhh man. WE might not have the snow – but we have the frigid temps here in Seattle!! I need a big olllleeee pot of this immediately!!

  22. Perfect for this HORRIBLY cold KC weather! I wish I was home with a big mug now. :)

  23. Dat drizzle tho….. and your little pop! Super cute >< That mug looks so enticing and warm, I hope things warm up for you soon!

  24. Oh yum, I can’t resist classic hot chocolate :) seeing this put a smile on my face!

  25. Oh my, this looks amazing. This is dangerous for choco-holics!! Your dog is adorable by the way!! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Ali, I’ve tried a lot of hot chocolate over the years, and this is the best homemade hot chocolate I’ve ever had! I just finished my first cup while writing up my February Favorites post and included it in my post. Now I’m off to go have my second cup of it! Thanks for the great recipes!

  27. delicious!  I have made this a few times now. Canadian winters are so cold, this helps us get through the day:) 

  28. This recipe is amazing! I used Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa and the ingredients listed. After it was done and incorporated in I poured it into a cup and added coffee mate and sprinkled a bit of cinnamon into it. Literally tastes like a chocolate cinnamon doughnut! 

  29. Haley,

    These look so delicious! I know my four boys will want to taste the Nutella Hot Chocolate!

    Great photos of one of my favorite things: Hot Chocolate. :D


    • Hi Adrienne! This is actually Ali’s blog and recipe, but we appreciate your sweet comment and we hope you and your boys enjoy this! :)

  30. It’s great.
    Thank you so much!

  31. This is so good!! Very easy and perfect taste. Thanks as always, Ali!

  32. I’m in Kansas City too! I’m definitely craving some homemade hot cocoa right now, it is soooo cold. Thank you for posting! Do I buy the cocoa powder in the tin? I guess I do, right. Lol. I have all the ingredients except that!

  33. Oh my gosh this is so good! Really sweet but it’s by far the best hot chocolate ive ever had! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!! My girls are infatuated! ?