Simple Homemade Hot Chocolate

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Simple Homemade Hot Chocolate recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Just three simple ingredients combine to create a rich and creamy hot chocolate that tastes better than anything sold in a package at the store.

Milk, cocoa and sugar are all that is required. Adding in a small handful of rich chocolate at the end, just makes the drink more special. Topping that hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows makes it worthy of a special occasion.

Simple Homemade Hot Chocolate recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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Simple Homemade Hot Chocolate

5 from 1 vote
Servings: 2 -3 servings


  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa use dutch processed cocoa if you have it
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Whisk together the sugar and cocoa in the bottom of a small saucepan. Add the milk and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it is almost simmering. When the mixture is hot, add the chocolate chips and stir to melt. Pour into mugs and top with marshmallows. Enjoy!
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Anonymous says

    This is the Hot Chocolate my Mom made for us, as children. There was always cocoa in the house. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  2. Anonymous says

    My mother had a hot chocolate mix recipe very similar to this except it called for powdered milk. I was not able to get the recipe before she passed, any tips?

  3. Debbie Zook says

    I have tried many recipes for hot chocolate, but none totally satisfied. I was resigned to coconut milk and the healthy (no corn syrups), store-bought chocolate syrups – not the best flavor.
    I accidentally happened upon this magnificent recipe for hot chocolate. It was a slip of the finger that brought me here to the best hot chocolate/ cocoa I’ve ever tasted. You’ve put together the best balance between cocoa powder and solid chocolate.

    I used coconut milk and dairy-free, dark chocolate chips (Enjoy Life). I’m making it for the 3rd time this week, and I’ve decided to double the recipe today. The more (hot chocolate), the merrier (me)!5 stars