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Homemade Hot Chocolate


Absolutely creamy and chocolatey, this simple Homemade Hot Chocolate is made with quality ingredients making it perfectly decadent without being overly sweet.

hot chocolate in a blue mug with whipped cream and a striped straw

Why You’re Going to Love our Homemade Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is the quintessential winter beverage. After a long day out in the cold, there is nothing that warms you up quite like steaming mug of chocolatey goodness. Recently after the cold really set in and the requests for hot chocolate were regularly pouring in, I knew it was time to find healthier way to enjoy our favorite winter treat- with ingredients I always have on hand.

After much trial and error, we finally found a winner. Thick, creamy, with just the perfect amount of sweetness. You will never be satisfied with powdered packets again.

a mug of hot chocolate in a blue mug with a bowl of chocolate chips in the background


  • milk– we used 1%, but almond or coconut milk would work great too!
  • cream– this really bumps up the creaminess factor, but you can use additional milk if desired.
  • cocoa powder– we used regular cocoa powder. Dutch Process will give you a more intense chocolate flavor.
  • maple syrup– granulated sugar or agave will also work in this recipe.
  • chocolate chips– we used semi-sweet. If using dark or milk chocolate, you might need to adjust the sweetness accordingly.
  • vanilla extract– optional, but delicious! Or, substitute peppermint extract for yummy peppermint hot chocolate.
the ingredients for homemade hot chocolate

How to Make Homemade Hot Chocolate

  1. Add milk, cocoa powder and maple syrup to a small saucepan. Over medium heat, whisk until heated through and bubbles start to form around the edges of the saucepan.
  2. Remove from the heat. Add chocolate chips and vanilla. Whisk until the chocolate is melted.
  3. Top with marshmallows, whipped cream, or crushed candy canes and enjoy!!
a pot of hot chocolate

How to Store Leftovers:

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for 3-5 days. Reheat in a small saucepan over medium heat.

a blue mug of homemade hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and cocoa powder

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Homemade Hot Chocolate

Absolutely creamy and chocolatey, this simple homemade hot chocolate is made with quality ingredients making it perfectly decadent without being overly sweet.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 296kcal



  • In a small saucepan, add milk, cream, cocoa powder and maple syrup. Heat over medium heat, whisking frequently until warm.
  • Add the chocolate chips and vanilla. Whisk until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is creamy. Remove from heat and which in vanilla. Serve warm.


Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 833IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 218mg | Iron: 1mg
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Natalie Monson

I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

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I was sooooo bummed when I realized that almost every store bought hot chocolate has trans fat in it! Who would have thought? My husband likes to make a big batch of Alton Brown’s hot chocolate mix. Alton Brown’s mix is not quite creamy enough for me (though my hubby thinks it’s divine), so I’m excited to give yours a try!

I also stopped using instant cocoa mixes (and creamers) when I read the ingredients and saw the trans fat.

It’s nice to be able to control the amount of cocoa-sugar ratio. I haven’t tried the agave, yet.

I hope we’re past cocoa time for this year. I won’t buy the packaged mixes or make any w/ creamers but the kids just like the healthier ones “okay”. Frustrating.

This is the way we love our cocoa! The processed mixes are way too sweet, I can hardly taste the chocolate. For myself I use my Vanilla Stevia drops…oh my, so decadent in flavor with no sugar. Maple & agave are great too!
Thanks for stopping by FFC earlier today! Do you live near Maria?