Creamy Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe

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10 mins
Vadim Rachok
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Creamy hot cocoa in just 10 minutes! It’s the perfect beverage for a chilly evening or whenever you need a little warmth and comfort. A cup of hot cocoa is a delicious treat enjoyed by children and adults alike. So, let’s take a look at the best creamy homemade hot cocoa recipe to prepare this delicious drink anytime you want!

Ah, hot cocoa, a timeless classic that warms the soul on chilly days and wraps you in a blanket of comfort. There's something truly magical about the aroma of cocoa filling the air and the first sip of velvety richness touching your lips. This recipe brings together the perfect balance of sweetness and chocolatey richness, creating a drink that's not just a beverage but a cozy indulgence, a moment of relaxation in a hectic world. Whether you're curled up by the fireplace with a good book or sharing stories with loved ones, a cup of homemade hot cocoa adds a touch of warmth and joy to any occasion.

The Difference Between Hot Cocoa and Hot Chocolate

Hot cocoa is distinguished from hot chocolate by adding real chocolate. Cocoa usually contains only cocoa powder, whereas hot chocolate contains real chocolate and sometimes cocoa powder.

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Hot Cocoa Recipe Ingredients

  • Sugar: It adds sweetness to balance the bitter cocoa powder and enhance the overall flavor of the drink.
  • Cocoa powder: Cocoa powder provides the rich chocolate flavor characteristic of cocoa.
  • Salt: It Enhances the flavor of the cocoa by balancing the sweetness of the cocoa.
  • Water: Water creates a base for the drink by helping to dissolve the cocoa powder and sugar.
  • Milk: It adds creaminess and richness to the cocoa, creating a smooth and velvety texture.
  • Vanilla: Vanilla enhances the flavor of the cocoa with its warm and aromatic notes, and adds depth to the drink.
  • Half-and-half cream: It adds an extra layer of richness and creaminess to the cocoa, making it even more indulgent.

Together, these ingredients create a delicious and comforting drink that is perfect for a warm-up on a cold night or any time you are in need of a cozy treat.

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How to Make Hot Cocoa at Home?

  1. To make hot cocoa, combine dry ingredients in a pan and whisk in boiling water.
  2. Bring to a simmer and cook for two minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Next, stir in the milk, remove from heat, and stir in the vanilla.
  4. Fill mugs with hot cocoa and top off with half-and-half.

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Making Ahead and Storing Hot Cocoa Advice

To make cocoa in advance: This creamy homemade hot cocoa recipe is best made fresh (it’s also so quick), but this drink can be made up to 2-3 days in advance. When ready to drink, reheat the hot cocoa slowly on the stove to avoid boiling, which will separate the half-and-half.

To store cocoa: Cover it and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

How to Serve Hot Chocolate?

You can customize your hot cocoa by adding toppings of your choice. Whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate shavings, or a sprinkle of cocoa powder are some popular options. For extra stir and flavor, you can also add a cinnamon stick or candy cane.

Too much added sugar, as well as saturated fats from cream and milk. Removing sugar from the recipe (for example, replacing it with any non-caloric alternative, such as stevia or erythritol) will give you an excellent keto drink, rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. But it's the presence of sugar that instantly turns this cocoa into a carb-fat bomb. Such a drink won't benefit the body; it will only contribute to gaining extra weight and aging the body at the cellular level, despite cocoa powder being a valuable source of beneficial substances.

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Creamy Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe
5/5 (1)
Author:Vadim Rachok
Creamy hot cocoa is a comfortable and cozy beverage for cold evenings!
hot cocoa drink recipe
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
The ingredients you need:
¾ cup white sugar, or to taste
⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 pinch salt
⅓ cup boiling water
3 ½ cups milk
¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup half-and-half cream
Let’s start !

Combine the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a saucepan. Add boiling water and whisk until smooth. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly to prevent scorching, and cook for 2 minutes.


Stir in the milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil.


Remove from heat and add vanilla.


Add cream to each mug to help cool the cocoa to drinking temperature, then divide the hot cocoa between 4 mugs.


Serve hot and enjoy!

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Calories: 310
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g11%
Saturated Fat 5g27%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 102mg4%
Total Carbohydrate 53g19%
Dietary Fiber 2g9%
Total Sugars 48g 
Protein 9g 
Vitamin C 1mg4%
Calcium 292mg22%
Iron 1mg6%
Potassium 471mg10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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For an extra luxurious touch, try adding a dollop of freshly whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top of your hot cocoa. Not only does it add a delightful flavor, but it also enhances the presentation, turning a simple mug of cocoa into a decadent treat fit for royalty. Plus, the subtle hint of cinnamon adds a warm, aromatic note that complements the rich chocolate perfectly. It's the little touches that elevate a humble drink into a truly indulgent experience.

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