During the last Snowpocalypse when I had 5 kids stuck in my house during snowy weather I whipped up a batch of homemade hot chocolate that the kids just loved. The parents were pretty impressed that I could make homemade hot chocolate from scratch without a recipe. My mom taught me at a very early age to make this recipe for hot chocolate with just three ingredients, so today I’m going to pass along my secret recipe to y’all. I actually had to do a few test batches to figure out the measurements since I’ve always eyeballed the ingredients and never followed an actual recipe. My mother taught me to mix sugar and cocoa powder together until it was “the color that hot chocolate is supposed to be”. I’ll try to be a little more exact.
Here is what I came up with in my non-test test kitchen.
The Perfect Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe
1 Tablespoon Hershey’s cocoa powder
1/2 cup white sugar (use 1/4 cup sugar if you like your hot chocolate less sweet)
1 3/4 cups milk
1/4 cup milk (to be used separately from other milk)
1. Stir together the cocoa powder and sugar in a medium saucepan.
2. The cocoa powder is going to be lumpy, and that’s ok. Just get them blended together.
5. I let it boil for a minute or two, until the sugar is dissolved an no longer grainy. Be sure to stir, stir, stir. Don’t let it burn!
6. Once it’s all good and mixed together, I add the rest of the milk. I’m not going to lie—I didn’t even measure this out, I just poured straight from the jug. I think it was about 1 3/4 cup. If you like a super sweet hot chocolate you could add less, if you like it less sweet, add more milk. This recipe is totally flexible, folks.
When you add the cold milk, you’ll need to turn the heat back up to get the temperature hot again. You can let this simmer on the stove as long as you’d like, depending on how scalded your taste buds like to be when you sip hot drinks. When I make it for kids I don’t let it heat back up after adding the milk and it makes it just lukewarm enough for my six year old’s tender mouth.
The trickiest part of this entire process is pouring the cocoa from the saucepans into the mugs. I usually stand over the sink to do it in case I spill it, but if you pour it fast with confidence you shouldn’t spill too much.
Marshmallows are totally optional! Stay warm out there and enjoy! And if you want to kick it up a notch- try this! If you need some peppermint oil, click here:
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If you like this post, be sure to check out a few more yummy recipe ideas I’ve whipped up:
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