perfect homemade hot chocolate recipe

The Easiest Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe (Just 3 Ingredients!)

Looking for an easy homemade hot chocolate recipe? The secret to perfect homemade hot chocolate is just three ingredients (that you probably have on hand right now!)
Cocoa + Milk + Sugar.
That's it! This recipe is so simple you'll never buy hot cocoa mix again.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, cocoa, hot chocolate, hot cocoa, hot drink, milk, sugar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Calories 300kcal
Author Beth at Unskinny Boppy


  • 2 Tbsp Hershey’s cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar (use 1/4 cup sugar if you like your hot chocolate less sweet)
  • 3 3/4 cup 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. Add 1/4 cup of milk and stir constantly over medium-high heat until mixture begins to boil. Continue stirring constantly until all sugar is dissolved. Do not let it burn.
  • 3. Add the remaining milk to the pan and bring the heat up to the desired temperature. 
  • Top with marshmallows or drink it straight up!