How to make hot chocolate from scratch… Quick and easy!

Have you ever wondered how to make hot chocolate from scratch? Well wonder no longer… here’s the scoop, and you will flip when you see how quick and easy it is! I have fond memories of hot chocolate! Growing up in Michigan as a young kid my mom told us we had to drink something warm before we walked to school (you heard me… back in those days we walked… miles i think it was, over mountains, through streams, in extremely cold temperatures. Ok, so I exaggerate a little but not a lot!) – so it was usually hot chocolate. I didn’t grow up drinking a latte for breakfast while in kindergarten, darn… that would have been nice, ha ha… Anyway, a tasty treat indeed… 

Ingredients include… UNSWEETENED COCOA POWDER (like Ghirardelli or Hershey), Sugar and Milk

Fill your liquid measuring cup with 1 cup of milk (I use organic 1%, but any milk will work). Place it in the microwave until it’s hot (every microwave is different, mine takes 1 minute 30 seconds). (If you prefer not to use a microwave you may certainly use your stove! Heat the milk on low until hot.)

Add 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder and 3 tablespoons of sugar (I use unbleached cane sugar, but any will do). [A note on the quantities here… this recipe is from Ghirardelli, from the actual container of unsweetened cocoa, if it’s too chocolately for your taste, cut the amount the next time, same with the sugar…] 

Stir the cocoa powder and sugar together until it’s all mixed up…

Now add the hot milk to the cocoa powder/sugar mixture… 

Stir it well. Get all those hunks of chocolate sweetness mixed in. Give it a taste… if it’s not hot, toss place it back in the microwave for a few seconds till it’s warm again!

Ahhhh, now the best part (and it’s totally optional), give it a good swirl of whipped cream (REAL whipped cream or Redi-Whip, but not that chemical laden “non-dairy” whip stuff that comes in a tub in the freezer section… *GASP!* Just say NO! Friends don’t let friends eat Cool W… oops, sorry, got carried away…

Enjoy, you will be surprised how quick and easy… and remember… cocoa… GOOD FOR YOU!!! Not so much the sugar… if you can wean that down, pat yourself on the back!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

4 thoughts on “How to make hot chocolate from scratch… Quick and easy!

  1. makes me want to paint that cup of chocolate…
    Our school was a mile away and yes we had to walk in the freezing cold. Bare legged with skirts on. Brutal. No bus unless you were farther away.
    Toughened us up though.


    1. Same here! AND because we didn’t live one mile away (sure seemed like it elementary school) we couldn’t stay for the hot lunch, had to walk home for lunch, eat and walk back! Thank goodness I say! its good for you! Ha ha.


  2. Robyn

    I made this last weekend and I thought it was truly amazing! Making it for our family for Thanksgiving! Thank you and have a happy Thanksgiving!


    1. What a wonderful idea Robyn! Homemade hot chocolate on Thanksgiving Day, sounds like you’ve started a new tradition! So glad to hear that you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for commenting, Happy Thanksgiving!!


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