The Ultimate Hot Chocolate

Chase the chills away with this delicious, real deal: homemade hot chocolate.


  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped (chips work great, too)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 to 5 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Over medium-low heat, melt the chocolate slowly. Add cocoa powder, sugar, and salt.

Slowly add the milk and vanilla, and stir. Start with 4 cups, and add more milk if desired. This is a party in a mug, so more chocolate, less milk is always my choice.

Bring the mixture to a simmer, but do not boil. Keep stirring.

Top with marshmallows or whipped cream; stir with cinnamon sticks if you like a little spice.

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