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Hot Chocolate, a simple and  basic homemade hot chocolate recipe.

We’re Minnesotans.  We know what winter looks like, and how hard it can be.  We’ve lived through the crazy snow drifts and the negative temperatures.  We’ve dealt with frozen car doors and impossibly dense snow.  We’ve lived through the Polar Vortex…twice, is it?  And we still live here.  Crazy, aren’t we?

Sure, sometimes we all ask ourselves why, and dream of becoming Florida snowbirds, but we don’t really mean it.  And while many of us would jump at the chance to get away briefly in the winter (say…late January?!), there’s still something about the snowy winter wonderland we know we love.  The snowy branches, fuzzy mittens, and snow angels are just part of what we love about this state.

 And along with all that snow comes hot chocolate.  

 Hot Chocolate, a simple and  basic homemade hot chocolate recipe.

Hot chocolate is one of the tricks to surviving winter.  We get  through the frozen tundra of Minnesota by snuggling up in our super warm blankets, getting out a good book, and drinking hot chocolate.  Lots of hot chocolate.  

When we make hot chocolate, we want it to be the best.  And we’re pretty sure you do, too.  If we are going to drink something with that much sugar and fat, it better be tasty sugar and fat!  But usually, hot chocolate recipes are super complicated and hard  to follow.  So complicated, in fact, that you resort to the standard store-bought packages of hot chocolate that are not nearly as good as the real thing (though they do work in a pinch!)  We think this is a horrible problem.  Delicious hot chocolate recipes should be easily accessible for all!  To facilitate that,  we made our own hot chocolate recipe!  It’s simple, easy to make, and absolutely delicious.


hot chocolate recipe


  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream (you can use a cup of milk instead if you want to be healthy)


  1. Combine chocolate, sugar, and 1/2 cup of the milk in a saucepan. If you are using a heavy saucepan, medium heat is probably perfect. If you have a thinner saucepan, you’ll want to keep it at a lower heat so you don’t scald your milk.
  2. Stir frequently until the mixture is just starting to bubble.
  3. Stir in the rest of the milk and cream and heat to drinking temperature. Don’t boil it, or you’ll scald the milk and it won’t be tasty!
  4. Beat it up with a whisk or fork a bit…to make it frothy. Or skip this step.
  5. Top it with whipped cream or marshmallows.

 If you want chocolate overload (or amazingness) try hot chocolate with lazy Tiramisu or Chocolate pot de creme!

And for more delicious warm beverages, check out our International Coffees.  Coffee and hot chocolate together!  What could be better?

Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.

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