Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Oct 16, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Dec 18, 2019 | By: Julie Blanner

This delicious Homemade Hot Chocolate recipe is so easy to make! Get the secret that makes this Homemade Hot Chocolate so rich and creamy!

homemade hot chocolate in a white mug with text overlay

Originally published December 2015, updated with video and tips December 2019.

If there’s one thing I loved as a child, it was hot chocolate. Little did I know at the time that I wasn’t experiencing good hot chocolate. My mom was always conscience of our sugar intake and having hot chocolate was a special treat. I didn’t think twice when she’d open a packet, pour half in a cup of hot water, stir and serve.

As I’ve grown, so have my tastes and that half pack of watered down mix just isn’t enough. If you’re going to do something, do it right, right? This creamy homemade hot chocolate recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make and is so dreamy! And hey, it’s another way to squeeze in a little calcium.

Love hot chocolate and want a more grown up version? Don’t miss my delicious spiked hot chocolate – it’s got a delicious taste of peppermint schnapps! I’ve also got an easy recipe for the Best Hot Chocolate Mix that is awesome for gifting, and even the most incredible Hot Chocolate Bombs.

It’s so incredibly quick and easy to make, yet better than any hot cocoa I’ve had at chain coffee shops! It’s so creamy and decadent, it’s the perfect treat on a cold winter day! The condensed milk really takes this drink to a whole other level – I can’t wait for you to try it!

Homemade Hot Chocolate Ingredients

  • Chocolate Chips – or chocolate melting wafers. I like to use milk chocolate or semi-sweet, but you can use dark chocolate or white chocolate as well.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – The secret ingredient that makes this cocoa so creamy!
  • Milk – Whatever milk you have on hand.  
  • Vanilla – completely optional, but a hint of vanilla adds a touch of flavor and makes it irresistible

We frequently make this in fall and winter because it’s so quick and easy and so good! This recipe makes enough for 5 large drinks and it’s easily halved (or doubled). You can simply use the slider on the printable recipe card!

How to Make Hot Chocolate

  1. Melt the chocolate.
    Chocolate wafers in a pot
  2. Add sweetened condensed milk to make it extra creamy.
    Condensed milk added to the pot
  3. Whisk in milk and enjoy!
    Milk added to the pot

Toppings

I love this drink exactly how it is, but if you want to make it more festive or fun for the kids, you can add a variety of toppings;

Variations

  • Snowball Fight – Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • Add LiqueurPeppermint Schnapps or Marshmallow Vodka are favorites
Easy homemade hot chocolate in a white mug with a gold spoon

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The creamiest hot chocolate recipe - get the secret to the best homemade hot chocolate

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Julie Blanner
This delicious Homemade Hot Chocolate recipe is so easy to make! Get the secret that makes this Homemade Hot Chocolate so rich and creamy!
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 571 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup chocolate chips or chocolate melting wafers
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions
 

  • In a pot over medium heat, melt chocolate. Add sweetened condensed milk and stir until smooth.
  • Gradually add milk, whisking until smooth.
  • Whisk in vanilla and serve.

Video

Notes

Substitutions

  • Chocolate – You can use your favorite chocolate chips. I like to use semi-sweet, but milk chocolate and dark chocolate chips also work well. 

Toppings

Variations

  • Snowball Fight – Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • Add LiqueurPeppermint Schnapps or Marshmallow Vodka are favorites

Nutrition

Calories:571kcalCarbohydrates:78gProtein:14gFat:22gSaturated Fat:13gCholesterol:54mgSodium:219mgPotassium:583mgSugar:76gVitamin A:650IUVitamin C:2.3mgCalcium:515mgIron:0.7mg
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