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16 Nov, 2007

The most chocolatey hot chocolate recipe – for chocolate lovers only

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Recipes and Food

I don’t buy powdered hot chocolate mix anymore. Why? I started reading the labels, that’s why, and figured we could do without corn syrup solids and hydrogenated vegetable oil and coconut and/or palm oils. Ew. What are they doing in there anyway?

Dangnabbit! We’re Canadians, living in the cold capital, and hot chocolate is a regular part of our winter routine! I couldn’t deny my kids the joy of hot chocolate on cold days, could I? So I’m making my own.

This is my hot chocolate recipe:

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ cup white sugar (I use a little less)
pinch of sea salt
1/3 cup boiling water
3 ½ cups milk
¾ ts vanilla extract
½ cup half and half (totally optional)

Combine the cocoa, sugar and salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. It’ll make a thick paste. You will be very tempted to lick the spoon, but be careful, it’s hot okay? Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Make sure it doesn’t scorch. Stir in the milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between four mugs and add the cream, or marshmallows if you’re so inclined. Me, I prefer to foam up some milk in the microwave.

That’s it! It takes about 10 minutes, but it’s so worth it.

The kids love it, but I’m a hot vanilla kind of girl. Here’s what I make for myself:

Take one mug, fill it with milk. Microwave until very hot. Add touch of sweetener (I use Splenda) and a drop of vanilla. That’s it.

I drank this all through my pregnancy with Sarah. I craved coffee, and realized I was really only craving something hot to drink, so this was my substitute. I still drink it when I want something sweet at night.

What about you, are you a chocolate or vanilla kind of gal?

15 Responses to "The most chocolatey hot chocolate recipe – for chocolate lovers only"

1 | grrl with a blog

November 16th, 2007 at 10:31 am


I’m definitely a hot chocolate girl.

My Saturday night (and sometimes Sunday night) treat is hot cocoa.

I stopped buying hot chocolate mix a few years ago when I used cocoa because I ran out of hot chocolate. It was so much better! I haven’t bought hot chocolate mix since.

I add a dried chili to the pot when I’m warming the milk (I guess I got that from the movie chocolat!), then I sprinkle a dash of cinnamon on it once it’s in the cup.


2 | Chantal

November 16th, 2007 at 11:21 am


Vanilla all the way. And now I can stop dropping a small fortune at Starbucks for their Vanilla cream and just make my own at home! WOO HOO.

3 | porter

November 16th, 2007 at 11:25 am


I’m kind of neither. I definitely go through my cravings of chocolate and more often ice cream (then I love soft serve with peanuts and chocolate sauce). I am a savoury person all the way, salt and more salt is what I usually like.
I love the idea of the chili…I never used to like dark chocolate until I tried some jalepeno dark chocolate and it was really really good. Now I have something else I need to try.
Andrea, your nut recipe from last Christmas (or late fall) was so good you should really share it again sometime in case anyone missed it…yummmy! I’ve had requests for them already.

4 | Jenn

November 16th, 2007 at 12:20 pm


Truth be told the kids get thier hot drinks on weekends at Starbucks. Our daugter is a vanilla girl too. She gets a kids half sweet vanilla steamed milk (full syrup is just too sweet and even though we get looks for making modifications to a kids drink they just don’t need the extra). OUr son loves the cinnamon dolche steamed milk because it tastes like and oatmeal cookie staight from the oven.
We keep the Cocoa Camino hot chocolate mix on hand. The ingredient list includes organic cane sugar, fair trade cocoa, organic skim milk powder and we find it at 10,000 villages.

5 | Ciaochow

November 16th, 2007 at 4:24 pm


Definitely a chocolate girl! I received one of those Euro chocolate makers – basically a Bodum for hot chocolate but you make it with (soy) milk and flaked chocolate. I’m waiting for some dreamy Friday night to make some… that gives me an idea!

P.S. I think they’re now saying it’s okay to have some coffee when you’re pregnant. A cup a day will keep mommy happy and won’t hurt the wee one.

6 | Psychgrad

November 18th, 2007 at 3:35 pm


If it’s ice cream – I’m a vanilla person. But if it’s a hot drink – chocolate.

7 | BeachMama

November 18th, 2007 at 8:14 pm


I can’t say as I have never tried homemade vanilla! I bought the Tazo Vanilla a few weeks ago but it wasn’t quite what I was looking for. Now I will try your recipe. As for hot chocolate, I have made it your way, but I also use actual chocolate and melt it down, add milk and stir…

8 | Mary

November 20th, 2007 at 10:05 am


I have an HC almost every night, and I never bothered to read the ingredients — yuch! So last night I tried your recipe for a hot vanilla.

It was just delicious. Delicious!

9 | Heather

March 24th, 2009 at 7:39 am


I keep meaning to make homemade hot chocolate in the crock-pot, good for doing ahead of time after the family is all out sledding. I better hurry and make it before it gets warm here!

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13 | Deidre

August 18th, 2012 at 12:13 am


It’s like 12:45 am right now where I live, and I was just craving chocolate and here I am! I absolutely loved it! Even my brother made me make him some!!

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