Homemade Hot Chocolate

When the weather gets cooler, I love to sit by the fire with my family while we watch movies, read or play board games. It seems like we are just cocooned in time with our family of three all cozied up by the fire spending time together. I especially love to bring in a tray of homemade hot chocolate topped with a large dollop of whipped cream and a candy cane for good measure.

Homemade Hot Chocolate from addapinch.com

We go through quiet a bit of hot chocolate around my house to be perfectly honest. So much so that I turned to Martha Stewart’s recipe for homemade hot chocolate. It makes 92 eight-ounce servings of deliciousness, almost enough to get us through the winter. It makes a wonderful gift for family, friends, teachers, and neighbors over the holidays. One that they’ll definitely use and love. Pair it with a set of mugs and a few candy canes for an extra special touch.

Homemade Hot Chocolate from addapinch.com

It’s definitely a quick, simple recipe my family loves and we love to share.

Here’s how I make it.

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Homemade Hot Chocolate
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Homemade hot chocolate is a family favorite and this homemade hot chocolate mix couldn't be easier.
  • 3½ cups sugar
  • 2¼ cups cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  1. Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container.
  2. Per Serving:
  3. Heat one cup of whole milk per serving.
  4. Mix in two tablespoons of hot chocolate mix and stir until dissolved.
  5. Optional Add-ins:
  6. Add ½ teaspoon peppermint extract for peppermint hot chocolate.
  7. Add 1 teaspoon peppermint schnapps for adult peppermint hot chocolate
  8. Add a pinch cinnamon for Mexican hot chocolate
  9. Mix with a hot cup of coffee instead of sugar or sugar substitute for a quick, homemade mocha flavored coffee


About Robyn

A seventh generation Southern wife and mom who loves to share simple, fresh, and scrumptious recipes the whole family will enjoy.


  1. 1

    I love hot cocoa! :) Never tried homemade. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. 2

    I’ve never made homemade hot chocolate either! Think I’ll give it a shot!

    LOVE that mug by the way!

  3. 3

    What a great recipe! I have everything in my pantry for it!

  4. 4

    Sounds easy and delish!!!

  5. 5

    Super yummy!!

  6. 6

    you know Robyn, we drink lots of coffee and tea in this house but sometimes, just sometimes, we enjoy a great mug of hot cocoa . . . am now adding candy canes to my grocery list . . .

  7. 7

    I want some now. Heading over with my mug.

  8. 8

    Yum – and such an adorable picture!

  9. 9

    We go through a lot of cocoa as well so this is a great solution and it is Martha’s.What better!We will be trying it tonight.

    • 10

      Absolutely! I did reduce the amount of salt from her original recipe. The original has 1 tablespoon of salt. I use 2 teaspoons instead.

  10. 11

    That sounds perfect right about now!

  11. 12

    Love hot chocolate and I love your candy cane touch. It looks so cozy!

  12. 13

    I have a homemade hot choc. recipe- but its far more involved than this! Im trying this one next time :) looks delish! (and I love that mug!)

  13. 14

    I love giving hot chocolate as a homemade gift

  14. 15

    Yum! I’ll take mine with a pinch of cinnamon, please!

  15. 16

    Quick and easy, love it! Can’t believe I’ve never made it myself before – thanks! :-)

  16. 17

    Yum! We made a bunch to give as gifts to the people who’ve been so kind to us this season. Perfect, Robyn!

  17. 18
    Cookbook Queen says:

    What a cool recipe!! I love that you can put the mix together in advance, and that it makes so much of it!!

    I am soooo way jealous of your fire and hot chocolate tray. Can I come over? It sounds so darn cozy.

  18. 19

    What a great idea… Homemade hot cocoa usually means having to have ingredients on hand and long time stirring at the stove. I love that this is homemade, yet can be made in advance! Love this and am sharing it on my site’s FB and Twitter pages. Thanks for posting. Great idea to get us through winter. Have a great weekend!!

  19. 20

    We are going to make this soon!! I linked your post up to Christmas I’m Lovin’ It Round Up!! thanks again Robyn!! http://tidymom.net/2010/im-lovin-it-christmas-round-up/

  20. 21

    Hi Robyn nice to meet you and your delicious website ^_*

  21. 22

    I love homemade coco! :) Yummy. My mum would take a candy bar – Hershey’s bar , dark or milk, and break the bar in half ( The size you use to make s’mores with) and break the half up into smaller peices and put them in a cup ( this is one serving size) and head it up stovetop and melt the chocolate in the milk and add a 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and let it mix good, then serve it into a cup with marshmellow’s and maybe a peppermint stick to mix it with for a peppermint flavor in the hot chocolate.

    Best chocolate recipe ever <3

    • 23
      perri ayala says:

      that sounds out-of-control delicious!!! the hershey’s in hot milk with sugar! thank you!

  22. 24

    NO CANDY CANES….This is just as delicious.
    Drop in an Andes Mint Double YUM YUM!

  23. 25

    Super yummy! I am a hot chocolate snob and love some whole milk with 2 dove dk ch. squares in the bottom…or chocolate chips…but then I end up eating the chocolate and I am flat out of luck when I want to cozy up on a cold night! This is a nice light sweet chocolate mix that reminds me of what I drank as a kid. I really enjoy it. Cheap and easy to make and will last in the cupboard longer than the chocolate chips ;) Will be great for gift giving next winter. Thanks

  24. 26
    tarek yafi says:

    yumiiii.. better than kit Kat.

  25. 27

    I just love your christmas mug…where did you get it? ❤️


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