Homemade Hot Chocolate
Published Jan 15, 2021•Updated Oct 18, 2022
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Make this easy two-ingredient homemade hot chocolate your go-to on chilly winter days. It can be easily customized with your favorite chocolate and takes just a few minutes on the stovetop.
The recipes I make most often are the simplest and occasionally (as happened with my favorite Green Smoothie) those are the recipes I forget to share. But this, the year of virtual school, and work-from-home, and cold winter days with nowhere to go, seems like it might be the year that you need little more hot chocolate in your life.
I have been making homemade hot chocolate this way for years because it is so simple to scale up or down and uses ingredients I always have. I always have milk and I always have chocolate (in bars or chocolate chips). I can usually scrounge up something to make it a bit more fun – marshmallows or a few sprinkles or a candy cane looped around the rim.
Here’s all you need to know.
It’s just two ingredients! And they are:
- Chocolate – Any type of chocolate works with this method. Chocolate chips or bar chocolate. I like to use a high quality baking chocolate like Baker’s or I use the Aldi chocolate bars that I keep around as a treat. I often use a very dark chocolate but will add some sugar at the end for my kids since they prefer it a bit on the sweeter side.
- Milk – Dairy, non-dairy, whole, skim – use any kind you like.
Toppings and Mix-ins for Hot Chocolate
- Whipped Cream
- Mini Candy Canes
- Piroulines or other Wafer Cookies
- Caramel Sauce
- Chocolate Sauce
- Butterscotch Chips
- Speculoos / Cookie Butter
- Peanut Butter
For lots of other ideas, check out my post on How to Set Up a Hot Chocolate Bar.
More Chocolate Recipes
- Chocolate Brownie Crackle Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Brownie Tarts
- One-Bowl Chocolate Guinness Cake
- One-Bowl Chocolate Cake
- Salted Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Cookies
- No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
- Salted Caramel Chocolate Cream Bowls
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Homemade Stovetop Hot Chocolate
- 4 oz Chocolate (use bar chocolate or chocolate chips; see note)
- 4 cups Milk (any type of milk will work - dairy, almond, or oat milk are great)
- Sweetner, to taste (if using a very dark chocolate, you may want to add some white or brown sugar, agave, or honey)
- Mix-ins or toppings like whipped cream, more grated chocolate, marshmallows, peppermint extract, candy canes, caramel, etc.
- Place chocolate into a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. When the chocolate is starting to melt around the edges, pour in 1 cup of milk.
- Heat milk and chocolate until steaming and small bubbles start to rise from the bottom. As the milk heats, whisk it frequently, being sure to scrape up any melted chocolate on the bottom of the pan.
- Pour in remaining milk and heat until hot chocolate is steaming but not boiling.
- Note: If you used a very dark or bittersweet chocolate, taste the hot chocolate and stir in your favorite sweetner if needed.
- Serve with your favorite mix-ins for flavor or toppings. Enjoy!
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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