Homemade Hot Chocolate | Easy Hot Cocoa Recipe

With the cold winters around us, I have one more recipe that is very comforting. Imagine this – your favorite book in your hands, curled up in your favorite corner of the house and then, a cup of hot chocolate.. doesn’t it sound blissful?! It really is. I can vouch for this as this is what I did one afternoon when it was raining non-stop.

I have had many hot chocolates in my life both in a coffee shop and at home but nothing comes close to this one. I figured out this recipe in a coffee shop having their cranberry hot chocolate. As usual, I started decoding the recipe in my head and gave it a trial back home. It was good, not just good but great.

The problem with homemade hot chocolate often times is, it is very thin. Even with quality brands like Cadburys, I didn’t get the real feel of drinking hot cocoa as in a coffee shop. But with this recipe, all I had to do was use a good quality cocoa powder. The resultant hot chocolate is rich, decadent and utterly delicious. As I had some whipped cream at home, I topped it off the hot cocoa but otherwise, depending on your mood you can add either espresso, cranberry or strawberry syrup too! This is only a basic version.


To make Homemade Hot Chocolate | Easy Hot Cocoa Recipe

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: Easy
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What I used –
  • Cocoa Powder, 2 tbsp (heaped)
  • Sugar, 2 -3 tsp
  • Milk, ½ cup + 1 cup
  • Water, ¼ cup
  • Salt, a pinch
  • Vanilla Essence, ¼ tsp
  • Whipped Cream/Vanilla Ice Cream, as needed (optional)
  • Chocolate Chips, as needed (optional)

How I made –
  1. In a sauce pan, add cocoa powder, sugar, salt and mix well. Add ¼ cup of water and mix well until completely dissolved. Add ½ cup of milk and mix well again. Now put this sauce pan on low heat and stir continuously.
  2. After 3-4 mins, it becomes very thick. Add vanilla essence and continue to stir well making sure the bottom doesn’t burn. As the mixture becomes quite thick, add 1 cup of milk and whisk well. Remove from heat.
  3. Pour this into two serving glasses, top them off with whipped cream/vanilla ice cream. Sprinkle choco chips on top.
  4. Serve hot immediately.

Note –
  • Adjust the quantity of sugar as per preference. I wanted the mild bitterness of chocolate come up, so added only 3 tsp of sugar.
  • Adding a pinch of salt helps bring out the sweetness.
  • Keep cooking the mixture on low flame by continuously stirring. Make sure it doesn’t burn.
  • Use good quality cocoa powder.
  • Additionally, ½ tsp instant coffee powder or 2 tsp of strawberry/cranberry syrup can be added.

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9 thoughts on “Homemade Hot Chocolate | Easy Hot Cocoa Recipe

  1. I am super crazy about hot chocolate, but there’s only few I loved from coffee shops. They are not even hot, by the way – so I take back what I said earlier. 😀 Homemade is always better and your version is incredibly decadent! Thanks for sharing! 😉 x

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