The best homemade hot chocolate recipe features a simple stovetop mix of cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla, milk, and cream.
Every year, when the cold weather would finally mosey on into Texas, we could count on the fact that hot chocolate would most definitely be served that day. The packages would come out, the cups full of water would go into the microwave, and in no-time flat, my brother and I would be burning our lips without any hesitation on a mug full of cocoa.
While the packaged cocoa of my youth brings back nostalgic memories of my childhood days, the excitement for a sip of pre-packaged hot chocolate infiltrated with freeze-dried marshmallows will undoubtedly stay in the past. You see, after you’ve tried real, homemade hot chocolate made with pure vanilla extract and milk, I suspect you too will leave those cravings behind.
Homemade hot chocolate is special, and there isn’t a mix out there that could hold a candle to it. Ingredients matter and quality can make all the difference in the world. Homemade hot chocolate is rich and decadent. A treat that warms your soul and satisfies every sweet-tooth Christmas-y craving in the book.
HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE FOR FOUR IN 10 MINUTES
So how do you make great hot chocolate? It really is so very simple friends, and if you can operate a whisk, you are well-equipped to whip up a batch of homemade hot chocolate in your very own kitchen.
Hot chocolate begins on the stovetop with a mix of cocoa powder, granulated sugar, salt, and water. Once all of the ingredients have liquefied over heat, warmed milk and cream are stirred in until well-combined, and heated to the desired temperature. Once the mixture is just right, the vanilla goes in and hot chocolate is ready to be served. The entire process takes close to 10 minutes.
When you consider the fact that it likely takes that long just to get 4 cups of water heated for pre-packed hot cocoa mixes, who wouldn’t want to upgrade to a homemade hot chocolate?
Homemade hot chocolate is special, and there is absolutely nothing as satisfying as turning on some old-timey Christmas tunes, whipping up a batch for loved ones, sharing in a moment of decadence, and creating sweet memories that will surely last a lifetime. Please, enjoy.
The best-ever, homemade hot chocolate recipe features a simple stovetop mix of cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla, milk, and cream.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 cup water
- 5 cups milk
- 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
In a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and water and whisk to combine.
Allow mixture to come to a rapid simmer, and pour in milk and cream. Stir often until heated through. Add the vanilla, and stir once more.
Ladle into a mug, top with marshmallows (if desired), serve and enjoy.