Beverages, Recipes

Homemade Hot Cocoa

This is a rich, creamy, and (most importantly) easy homemade hot cocoa recipe. You will never want to go back to instant packets again.

The Hubberman likes to joke. Not in the “a penguin walks into a bar” sense, but more in the “I’m pulling your leg” sense. So when he looked at his phone yesterday morning and said, “Hey, they’re saying six to eight inches of snow for tomorrow,” I thought for sure he was joking. You see, he pulls this stuff so much (at least once a day) that I have to sift everything through my gullibility filter before responding. Well, imagine my surprise when Hubberman brings his phone over and shows me his weather app. Six to Eight. As the afternoon progressed, the projected totals increased. Now as I sit typing, the snow is falling and they are now predicting up to 18 inches. It is a hot cocoa day for sure.

Sipping Cocoa

Homemade Hot Cocoa

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  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup hot water
  • ½ gallon whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa, chocolate chips and salt.
  2. Over low heat, add 1 cup hot water and stir well until chocolate chips have melted and ingredients are well blended.
  3. Slowly add milk, stirring continually. You can add more or less to taste.
  4. Slowly warm over low heat, then add vanilla.

Homemade Hot Cocoa

Note: This makes 8 mugs of hot cocoa. If you don’t want to make this much at once, mix the sugar, cocoa, and chocolate chips in a bowl. Divide the dry ingredients roughly in half, using half i
n your saucepan right away and saving half in an airtight container in a cool dry place. To the saucepan, add ½ cup hot water, 4 cups of milk, and 1/4 tsp. vanilla according to above directions. This will make 4 mugs of cocoa.Almond milk can also be used instead of cow’s milk. Just be sure to heat slowly.Almond milk will take on an even nuttier flavor when heated, so keep that in mind. We think it tastes quite yummy.Garnish with whipped cream or mini-marshmallows! Happy sipping!


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