How to Make Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate

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Do you want to start a homey family tradition? This simple recipe is a great trick to keep up your sleeve in the cooler months with simple ingredients you can tuck away in your pantry. This is how to make easy homemade hot chocolate.

Yes, I am fully aware that a Swiss girl has a powder and it is fine. She has some ingredients that I cannot pronounce. It is not more difficult to make it homemade and since you have to wait for the water to boil, either way, it does not take any longer.

This is super easy, tastes yummy, and it makes me feel a little fancy that I (sort of) made it from scratch.

People will think that you fussed over something fancy, but you and I will know that it was easy for you to whip up because it is just a few simple steps and ingredients.

This recipe purposely uses pantry ingredients instead of fresh milk. If you want a milk recipe, Natasha Kitchen has a good one.

I use pantry ingredients because, during the busy holiday season and cold evenings, I prefer to not use up the milk and sugar. This saves grocery trips.

Buy the sweetened condensed milk, cocoa, and vanilla, and keep a stash with some mini-marshmallows and you are ready for action!

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Homemade Hot Cocoa


6 cups Boiling Water
1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk (14 oz)
Pinch of Sea Salt
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract


First, start boiling 6 cups of water.

In a medium saucepan, add the sweetened condensed milk, salt, and cocoa. Stir until combined.

Once the water is boiled, combine it with the cocoa mixture and stir until dissolved. Add the vanilla and serve hot.

Serving suggestions

We like to put marshmallows, whipped cream, and mini chocolate chips in our cocoa. Also, some like to stir theirs with a candy cand for a minty twist. Pairs well with shortbread cookies!

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