Perfect Hot Chocolate

I couldn’t let December come and go without a Hot Chocolate recipe. When you think of Christmas and the holidays, isn’t hot chocolate always part of that picture?? In my head it goes…, tree, snow, Christmas music, hot chocolate :) I’ve always wanted to make it from scratch, even though those instant packets aren’t terrible. But now that I’ve made this and realize how easy it is, I can’t ever go back to that powder stuff. I’ll be making this every Christmas season, maybe even start a new tradition and make it to drink while decorating the tree :)

Make this recipe in just five minutes to drink while opening Christmas presents this year and make it extra memorable!


Hot Chocolate

PS, how fun are these marshmallows?? I found them at Williams & Sonoma, and even though they were a little pricey I couldn’t resist. And yes, they were totally worth it. 


Perfect Hot Chocolate will warm you up in no time!
Perfect Hot Chocolate
Serves 4
Five minutes is all you need to make a creamy, delicious Hot Chocolate from scratch!
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Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 5 oz good bittersweet chocolate (I used Ghiradelli's 60% cacao Bittersweet chocolate chips)
  2. 2 cups milk (1%, 2%, or whole)
  3. 2 cups half & half
  4. 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  5. 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  6. 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
Optional garnish
  1. Marshmallows
  2. Cinnamon stick
  3. Whipped cream
  1. Pour milk and half & half into a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat for a couple minutes, just until little bubbles start to form around the edges of the liquid.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients: granulated sugar, powdered sugar, unsweetened cocoa, cornstarch, vanilla extract, kosher salt, and chocolate.
  3. Use a whisk to mix together, whisking continually for a couple minutes until the chocolate is completely melted. Lower heat, keep whisking one more minute.
  4. Serve immediately, garnish with marshmallows, a cinnamon stick and/or whipped cream!
  1. Don't skip the kosher salt! It may sound strange, but salt is very important for balancing out sweets. Trust me!
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