homemade hot chocolate

During the winter months here in the mountains, it tends to get pretty cold.  (I know…hard to believe.) 😉  I have to admit that I don’t drink much water when the weather is chilly — but I can easily drink ten cups of hot tea (black, green, and herbal) in a day.  Hot beverages keep me going when it’s cold outside!

Several nights a week, our family enjoys homemade hot cocoa after dinner.  I typically make this drink with cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla extract, and milk, and it’s quite tasty.  (I’ll share that recipe sometime.)  But occasionally I like to splurge and make hot chocolate.  Melted dark chocolate, milk, & cream = bliss.

My recipe for homemade hot chocolate is what I’m sharing today.  Try it.  Please.  Pretty please, with whipped cream on top? 🙂


3 c. milk (we prefer whole milk)

1/2 c. cream OR 1/2 & 1/2 (or just use all milk if you want to cut down on the richness)

6-8 oz. dark chocolate* (this comes out to appx. 3/4 cup)

pinch of salt

2 tsp. vanilla extract

*I often use a combination of whatever dark chocolate I have in the house.  In the following photos, I used dark chocolate baking chips and Andes mint baking pieces.  It made a delicious peppermint hot chocolate drink!

Heat milk and cream in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring every minute or so, until heated through.  Meanwhile, chop chocolate into small pieces (or use chocolate chips to save some time and effort!)

When milk/cream is hot, gradually whisk in chocolate until completely melted.  Stir in salt and vanilla extract. 

Serve topped with whipped cream or mini marshmallows, and maybe a bit more chocolate!

Yield: 4 servings


{This post is part of the Raising Homemakers Homemaking Link-Up}




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One Response to homemade hot chocolate

  1. Carissa says:

    Yum, yum, and YUM!! 🙂

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