Homemade Hot Cocoa

It’s that time of year again – time to start thinking about curling up on the sofa with a good book, a soft chenille throw and a cup of steaming homemade hot cocoa with marshmallows slowly melting into swirls of creamy goodness.

Well, it would be if we weren’t having a heat wave and it was almost 90 today!  Well, I can dream, can’t I? Maybe if I crank the air way down low and think about igloos, polar bears and the time I almost killed myself skiing. Scratch that last thought.  It’s not a pleasant one at all.

I’ve been known to heat a cup of water and dump in a package of hot cocoa mix.  But why would I when it takes such little time to make it from scratch?  And it’s so much better.  I promise!

I like this hot cocoa so much that I dressed it up for fall and for Christmas!

Really, it only takes a few minutes to make.  You’ll never use that instant stuff again.  Well, you may, but why would you want to?

Helpful Hint:  For a festive look, crush peppermint sticks and wet the rims of the cups with water.  Press rim into crushed peppermint and you’ve added a festive touch AND a unique flavor.  Of course, you’ll want to do this before filling the cups with hot cocoa. 🙂


Hot Cocoa



Homemade Hot Cocoa
  • ½ cup plus 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup sugar (or low calorie equivalent of your choice)
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups milk (I have used almond milk with great results)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Marshmallows or whipped cream
  1. In a 3-quart saucepan, stir cocoa with sugar and salt until mixed. Stir in a small amount of milk to make a smooth paste; stir in remainder of milk. Heat over medium heat until tiny bubbles form around edge, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Whisk until smooth and foamy. Pour into 6 cups. Top with marshmallows or whipped cream.
  2. Note: For Christmas, I dip the rims of the cups in water and then in crushed candy canes before filling with hot cocoa. It's festive and adds a little mint flavor to the cocoa.

About Alli

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  1. Yummyy! I love marshmallows. This will be great for winters!

  2. Love the recipe, will have to try it! I love your Christmas mugs. I have the dishes to match those, have been adding to my collection anytime I can find them!

  3. I received some homemade hot cocoa from a blog gift sway some months ago, but didn’t dig in until about 2 weeks ago. Now it’s all gone and I want some more. It had white chocolate chips in it (which I only discovered after the 5 time drinking it) and she included peppermint sugar to go with. So happy you shared a recipe. I need to get on it ASAP!


  4. I can’t wait until it gets cold enough here in Florida to partake!

  5. Oh my gosh, yummy! I love hot chocolate.

  6. Dear Alli, Hot Cocoa is one of my favorite things about the cool weather. There is nothing as delicious as homemade cocoa. This looks wonderful…I love how you dressed it up for Christmas, it is a nice touch.

    Blessings, Catherine

  7. I love homemade cocoa but I always loose the recipes! Pinning yours! 🙂

  8. Growing up my mom would make a big pot of cococa and serve it with homemade crepes. Sweet memories. Thank you for the recipe!

  9. That looks delish & those mugs are beautiful! I wish it would cool down out here – I’m really craving an evening by the fire with one of these 🙂 ~Renee

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