How to Make Hot Chocolate

There is nothing better than to snuggle up to a warm beverage on a cold day. You may have wondered how to make hot chocolate before. I will show you how to make this chocolatey treat.

Learn how to make a delicious cup of hot chocolate with this easy recipe from

This video is part of my learn to cook series. My learn to cook series is where I cook through my old home economics textbook from Heaton Middle School in Pueblo, Colorado.

Long before hot chocolate came in packages people were making recipes for hot chocolate on their stovetop. Homemade hot chocolate tastes so much better than any store bought package. Chances are you already have what you need to make hot chocolate at home. It is very easy to make. Best of all if you are trying to stay away from additives and artificial flavors and preservatives you can make this recipe at home. This recipe is gluten and dye free.

For this recipe, you need a few ingredients. You need milk, sugar, milk, water, and a tiny pinch of salt. The salt helps to bring out the excellent chocolate flavor. It takes literally moments to make this recipe. You will mix together the dry ingredients in a saucepan and then pour the cold water into the pan. This quick chocolate sauce will cook together for a few moments, then you will add the milk and you will heat up the milk. It really is that easy.

For this recipe, I like to use cocoa from Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa Can, 100% Cacao, 23-Ounce, or even from Costco. Either will work fine.

Looking for more great beverages to warm up to when it is cold?

Swiss Mix Cocoa Mix – How to make your own dry mix hot chocolate.
Hot Buttered Rum Mix
How to make an Irish coffee
Crock-pot Wassail
Kahlua Coffee Liqueur

I hope you try making homemade hot chocolate soon. You can see it is very easy to make, and it tastes wonderful.
You can top your hot chocolate with whipped cream or even marshmallows.

Learn how to make Hot Chocolate from scratch.

Learn how to make a delicious cup of hot chocolate with this easy recipe from

How to Make Hot Chocolate

You don't need to buy packages of hot chocolate, you can make it from scratch. 
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Hot chocolate, how to make hot chocolate
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 105kcal


  • 2 tablespooons cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 1/2 cups milk


  • Mix together the cocoa, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan. Pour cold water slowly in and stir until well mixed. Place pan over moderate heat and stir until mixture comes to a good boil. Boil for 3 minutes. Add milk and stir well. Heat until the milk steams. When serving you may want to add whipped cream or marshmallows.


Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Calcium: 172mg | Iron: 0.1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Nancy

    for the hot chocolate recipe “For this recipe, you need a few ingredients. You need milk, sugar, milk, water, and a tiny pinch of salt”.

    So, this makes hot chocolate without any actual chocolate??

  2. Wanda

    Since it has been discontinued I miss my favorite mix. Bran Muffins with Date Mic was by Jiffy Mix. It made wonderful bran muffins and there were also recipes to use with the mix to make variations. Can anyone provide a “hack” of that Mix?

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