Homemade Hot Chocolate

Hot cocoa

A winter classic to warm you up while its cold.

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Who doesn’t like hot chocolate? It’s a classic that has stood the test of time. I’m sure we’ve all had the powdered bags, but homemade hot chocolate just hits different. Let’s take a moment and embrace our inner child. Hot chocolate is the perfect bevy for it.

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homemade hot chocolate prep

Quick and Easy Hot Chocolate

Making homemade hot chocolate doesn’t have to be hard. There are complex recipes out there, but personally, I like my hot chocolate quickly in my cup. This recipe is straightforward and comes together in less than 10 minutes. The hardest part is warming up the milk. Usually, it takes forever to incorporate the cocoa powder into milk. You can risk the chance of burning your chocolate too. Tossing everything in a blender just makes the process so smooth. And the cocoa smoother. Blending also adds a bit of air for a nice texture. Easy drink, and easy cleanup.

Hot Chocolate Ideas

homemade hot chocolate prep

Making hot chocolate at home gives you the freedom to put what you want in it. It’s a base for your creativity. Of course, there are widespread flavors. Everywhere you go someone is going to have their riff. Peppermint, chai, pumpkin spice, and Mexican. The classics. At home, you can let those creative juices fly. Taking a trip in the spice drawer can be fun. I usually like turmeric and nutmeg for a massaman curry vibe. Dried chilies can be fun. The random spice blend in the back cupboard could be useful too for the savory-sweet combo.

Vegan hot chocolate is super easy here as well. We’ve got options with the millions of milk alternatives on the market. Oat is usually my go to but use whatever you like. Hazelnut milk is great here. Macadamia or almond are also good choices. Getting a barista blend milk alternative is helpful for warm drinks, but it isn’t necessary here. Since we’re using a blender it mixes everything up evenly. The chocolate helps keep everything together. No worrying about your drink separating into weird milky bits.

Making it Extra

Homemade hot chocolate torched

I know, marshmallows are the way to go. The Squishy clouds of sugar on top. The contrast in texture and color. It’s iconic. But some of us have grown up into full fledge adults. Sometimes you want to light something on fire. For that, I say why don’t we elevate our childhood classic? It’s optional but a meringue on top of your hot chocolate brings the theatrics we all crave. Marshmallows and meringues are basically the same things, just in different forms. Torch it and you’re sure to impress someone. This part is entirely unnecessary if you don’t want it. Sometimes it’s just fun to flex on your contemporaries.

I love a cup of hot chocolate to unwind in the evening. Or on a moody afternoon while the clouds are grey. whenever it is, this recipe is sure to hold you down. It’s quick and easy, and the cleanup is effortless. Making a big batch for friends and family takes no work too. Before you buy the powder mix, treat yourself. It’s a little pricy but it’s worth it. It doesn’t have to be the main hot chocolate in rotation.

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Servings 2
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 12oz (350g) Milk
  • 1/3C (90g) Dark chocolate
  • 4 tsp (8g) cocoa powder
  • 1/4C (38g) brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg optional
  • 1/4tsp turmeric optional


  • In a pan warm the milk on medium heat
  • Add the Dark chocolate, cocoa powder, brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, tumeric, and hot milk to a blender.
  • Blend on high until the chocolat eis fully mixed in and melted.
  • Pour into mugs and enjoy
  • (Optional) Top the hot chocolate with meringue. Torch the meringue until toasted and enjoy.
Author: Anfernee Milton
Course: Drinks, nightcap
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade hot chocolate, hot cocoa, hotchocolate, quick and easy
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