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The BEST Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 433
Hands down the BEST homemade hot chocolate recipe! This easy recipe takes only 5 simple ingredients and comes out rich and creamy every time!



  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1/4 cup Ghiradelli unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • In a medium saucepan on medium heat, add in the milk, cocoa powder, and sugar. Whisk the mixture frequently until warm. Once warm, add in the chocolate chips and whisk until they are fully melted. Whisk in the vanilla extract, serve immediately with optional toppings such as: whipped cream, chocolate sauce, peppermint pieces, sprinkles, mini marshmallows, or chopped chocolate bar.
Calories: 433kcal
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American


Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 544mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 628IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 340mg | Iron: 1mg