Hot Chocolate


hot chocolate

Yes, it’s super easy to heat up some water, open a packet and there you have it: hot chocolate. But, typically, it’s not very good hot chocolate and who knows what’s in those foil-lined envelopes. When the temperature drops and you’re jones-ing for a sweet pick-me-up, try these two recipes: one for a single serving and the other to feed a gang. You’ll soon taste how cocoa from scratch is worlds better than cocoa from a box.

Single-Serve Hot Chocolate


  • 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 ounce good semisweet chocolate chips (such as Ghirardelli)
  • 1 cup milk


  1. Stir together cocoa, sugar and salt.
  2. In a small saucepan, mix cocoa mixture, chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of milk over medium-low heat. Stir continuously until chocolate is completely melted.
  3. Add the rest of the milk and stir. Heat until mixture is warm throughout.
  4. Pour into a mug and serve with whipped cream or marshmallows.


Hot Chocolate for the Neighborhood

Serves 8


  • 6 Tbsp. unsweetened, Dutch-processed cocoa powder, plus more for sprinkling on top.
  • Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 /2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 12 ounces good semisweet chocolate chips (such as Ghirardelli)
  • whipped cream for topping


  1. Mix together cocoa powder, sugar and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Bring water to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in cocoa powder mixture until no lumps remain.
  3. Add milk and return to a simmer. Whisk in chocolate chips and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture is smooth and creamy and chocolate is melted, about 5 minutes.
  4. Divide hot chocolate among mugs. Top with whipped cream and dust with cocoa powder.