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BEST Hot Chocolate

This is hands down the best hot chocolate you'll ever taste! It's unbelievably rich, velvety smooth, and perfect for warming up throughout the winter season.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best hot chocolate, hot chocolate, hot chocolate recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 225kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan


  • 4 cups milk any type will work
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate finely chopped (or approx 2/3 cup chocolate chips)
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the milk, cacao powder, and maple syrup to a simmer. Stir until there's no clumps.
    Stirring hot chocolate in a pot with a whisk.
  • Add the finely chopped chocolate and whisk for about 3-5 minutes, or until the hot chocolate is smooth.
  • Pour the hot chocolate into mugs, and if you'd like, top with whipped cream, coconut whipped cream or homemade marshmallows and a sprinkle of cacao powder.
    A whit mug with hot chocolate and whipped cream.



  • If you're using chocolate chips, I still recommend doing a quickly chop with your knife to finely chop the chocolate. Otherwise, you might end up with clumps of chocolate in the bottom of your mug.
  • Keep an eye on the stove! Milk can easily boil over, and that's never fun.
  • This is a really thick and luscious hot chocolate, though the type of milk you use will affect the level of creaminess. Nut milks naturally won't be as thick as full-fat milk. If you're using full-fat milk and would like it a bit thinner, just swap one cup of milk for one cup of water.


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg