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Hot Chocolate


Yield: about 2 cups hot chocolate

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ease of preparation: easy


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate, chopped up to bits


  1. Bring the milk, cocoa powder and sugar to a boil; whisk till smooth. In another pan, heat the cream to a boil and pour over the chopped up chocolate. Cover and let sit for about a minute; whisk till well combined and no lumps. Add the chocolate and heavy cream to the milk mixture and whisk till well combined. Pour into serving mugs.
  2. For orange hot chocolate: Add 1 tablespoon orange zest to the milk and cocoa powder. Add orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier) to taste and top with whipped cream and chocolate dipped candied orange peels.
  3. For adult hot chocolate: Add coffee liqueur (such as Kahlua) – don't measure, use what you need. Top with whipped cream and finely ground toffee candy bits.
  4. For kids and the kid in all of us: Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with popping candy (such as Pop Rocks).
  5. For raspberry hot chocolate: Stir in 1 tablespoon seedless raspberry jam to the finished hot chocolate and top with chopped up dried raspberries.

Other Ideas:

  • Add mini-marshmallows and drizzle with butterscotch or caramel sauce.
  • Top with marshmallow cream and sprinkle with chocolate or rainbow sprinkles.
  • Chop up favorite candy bars to top the hot chocolate.
  • Add a scoop of ice cream (that's right, you read that right). Add some ice cream, such as vanilla, mint or strawberry, and then top off with fresh fruit.
  • Crushed candy canes, using various flavors like peppermint, cherry, strawberry or orange.
  • Mini chocolate chips.
  • Chocolate-covered whole grain oat cereal (such as Cheerios).
  • Plain pretzels.
  • Candied bacon.
  • Chocolate covered bacon.
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