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.

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.

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



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    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 . . .

    • 10

      Robyn says

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

  2. 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.

  3. 22

    Elizabeth says

    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

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      perri ayala says

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

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    Rachel says

    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


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