How to Make Hot Chocolate With Cocoa Powder

Makes 4 Servings

  • Total Time: 15
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10

How to Make a Creamy Homemade Hot Chocolate

Now is the perfect time to make hot chocolate at home. And here’s the secret to making it as creamy and rich as possible: milk.

That’s because milkfat and milk minerals enhance the cocoa flavor. Whether you make it with chocolate chips (like in the recipe below) or with a mix containing cocoa powder, milk provides the ultimate smooth flavor. Hot cocoa is our best friend this winter, thanks to this recipe from Rebecca Andexler, you can make the best hot chocolate at home.


1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

4 cups whole milk or fat level of choice

2 cups (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips*

3 teaspoons vanilla extract**

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Optional garnish: whipped cream, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, shaved chocolate


1. Combine sugar and cocoa powder in a medium, heavy-bottom pot and whisk until evenly combined. Whisk in milk and bring to a simmer on stovetop over low heat.

2. Stir in chocolate chips, vanilla extract and salt and stir constantly until chocolate is completed melted and mixture is smooth.

3. Pour hot chocolate into mugs and garnish with whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate chips or chocolate shavings as desired.


* If a sweeter, creamier hot chocolate is desired, swap in milk chocolate chips for semi-sweet.

** For peppermint hot chocolate, reduce vanilla extract to 1 teaspoon and add an additional 1 teaspoon peppermint extract