Homemade Hot Chocolate – Made from Scratch

homemade hot chocolate

A Sip of Memories

Made from scratch, homemade hot chocolate! When I take a sip of this  hot chocolate, I am back in my mama’s kitchen in the wintertime. The warmth and flavor of this beverage warms me up all the way down to my toes. 

A taste of flavor – homemade hot chocolate!

The ingredients you will need are ones you are most likely to have in your kitchen. You’ll need cocoa (dark or light flavor, depending on your preference), sugar, water, milk, and a touch of vanilla and salt if you’d like. That’s it. Oh, you’ll need a heavy kettle to mix and cook it in – so it won’t scorch.  

This is one of those “toss some in” recipes. You increase or decrease the amounts, depending on how many folks you’re fixing for.

When we’d come in from ice skating or sled riding, Mama would be at her stove, stirring this sweetness just right. You can make this – it’s so simple and easy.

“Scratching” It for homemade hot chocolate

Mix some cocoa and sugar with a dash of water, then heat until it starts to bubble. Add some vanilla and a dash of salt (if you’d like), and then add the milk. Keep adding milk until the color is “right” for your preference. Add some marshmallows or cool whip if you’d like – or drink it just so. (My mama never added salt or vanilla, but I’ve read up on this and sometimes I add just a bit.)

You can use skim milk, 2%, or whole milk – or add a mixture of cream and milk. It’s up to you.


homemade hot chocolate

Hot Chocolate - Made from Scratch
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2 cups
There's not a lot to "made from scratch" homemade hot chocolate except for the ingredients and a little bit of time. Oh yes, there's also a whole lot of enjoyment!
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon cocoa
  • 1-2 heaping Tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cup water or less
  • 1½ - 2 cups milk
  • ⅛ tsp. vanilla
  • Dash of salt
  1. Mix cocoa and sugar together in a kettle
  2. Add enough water to moisten well
  3. Heat until mixture starts to bubble
  4. Add vanilla and salt (optional) and stir
  5. Add milk
  6. Heat until hot all the way through. Do not boil!
  7. Ladle into mugs
  8. Add marshmallows or Cool Whip - or both!
  9. Enjoy

homemade hot chocolate

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