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Easy Hot Chocolate Recipe

Easy Hot Chocolate Recipe

Course Dessert, Drinks
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 4 servings


  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 3 1/2 cups whole milk lower fat content milk will work, but will not be quite as creamy
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Crushed Peppermint Candy Canes
  • Full Size Candy Canes


  • Combine cocoa powder, sugar, salt and boiling water in a sauce pan. Bring mixture back up to an easy boil, stirring constantly. Simmer, while stirring, for approximately two minutes. Keep a close eye on it and make sure it's a gentle boil to avoid scorching. Stir in milk and heat until hot, but do not boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla and half and half. Stir well. Top with marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and Crushed Peppermint Candy Canes. Serve with a candy cane for stirring.


Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 430mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 453IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 282mg | Iron: 1mg