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Hot Chocolate Recipe

How to Make Hot Chocolate with this step-by-step recipe. Hot cocoa vs. hot chocolate. This recipe has melted rich chocolate with warmed milk and spices.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Drinks, Holiday
Cuisine: American, Christmas, Holiday
Keyword: hot chocolate recipe, hot chocolate run, how to make homemade hot chocolate, how to make hot chocolate with milk, mexican hot chocolate
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 120kcal
Cost: $12


  • 1 medium pot


  • 4 cups whole milk or milk of choice (oat, almond, soy)
  • 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1 whole cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 whole vanilla bean scraped (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate 60%
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ancho chile powder
  • Pinch kosher salt


  • To a medium saucepan, placed over low heat, pour in the milk, sugar, cinnamon stick and vanilla bean caviar and bean. Heat until a very gentle simmer and take the saucepan off the heat and allow to steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and vanilla bean and discard.
  • Create a double boiler, by setting a stainless steel or glass bowl over a saucepan filled with simmering water. Add the chocolate to the bowl and heat until the chocolate is melted.
  • Place the steeped milk over medium low heat, and pour in the melted chocolate; whisk until completely incorporated and mixture is hot. Add a pinch of salt and ancho chile powder. Divide between mugs and top with homemade marshmallows.


*Feel free to use a dairy substitute with this recipe. I've made it with oat milk and almond and they're both delicious! 


Calories: 120kcal