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A sweet and creamy hot chocolate recipe with cocoa powder, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract. It is all blended together with hot water for a delicious treat topped with mini marshmallows and whipped cream.

(Last Updated On: September 8, 2022)

A delicious hot chocolate recipe with cocoa powder that is quick and easy to make and has only five ingredients in it. There’s no skimping on the chocolaty flavor though. And you can pronounce all of the ingredients in this recipe. You can certainly feel good about that.

Not like the store-bought hot cocoa mixes, with all of the extra ingredients that we can’t even pronounce. So, when the little ones are begging for some hot chocolate, you can feel good about serving this up for them.

Hot Chocolate recipe with cocoa powder in a mug with marshmallows on top.

☕️ What’s in this Hot Chocolate Recipe?

This hot chocolate recipe contains sweetened condensed milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla extract, a tad bit of salt, and lots of water, and that’s it!

Some of the ingredients in hot cocoa mixes at the grocery store contain, for example, sugar, corn syrup, modified whey, cocoa (processed with alkali), artificial flavor, and sucralose, just to mention a few. The only ingredients in sweetened condensed milk are milk and sugar.

🥣 Key Ingredients

Ingredients for the hot chocolate recipe.
Ingredients for the hot chocolate recipe.

👩‍🍳 How to Make Hot Chocolate with Cocoa Powder (Step-by-Step Instructions with Detailed Photos)

Step 1. Combine Condensed Milk, Cocoa, Vanilla, and Salt

In a large pot, add one 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk together with 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and 1/8 teaspoon of table salt.

Sweetened condensed milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt in a pot.
Sweetened condensed milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt in a pot.

Step 2. Mix it Up

Stir all of the ingredients for a couple of minutes until well blended.

Sweetened condensed milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt in a pot.

Step 3. Add Water and Heat Up

Put the pot on the stove over medium heat and slowly add 6 and 1/2 cups of hot water together with the condensed milk and cocoa mixture, stirring all the while.

Hot water is added to the sweetened condensed milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt in the pot.
Hot water is added to the sweetened condensed milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt in the pot.

Step 4. Stir and Heat, then Done

Keep stirring the hot chocolate mixture while it is being heated. It only takes a few minutes to heat through. You will see steam coming out of the pot. Remember to stir so the contents won’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

Microwave Instructions: If you want to use the microwave, in a 2-quart glass bowl, stir the sweetened condensed milk together with the unsweetened cocoa, vanilla extract, salt, and the hot water, then microwave on full power, or high, for 8 to 10 minutes, making sure to stir every 3 minutes. Keep an eye on it.

Hot chocolate is heating up on the stove.
Hot chocolate is heating up on the stove.

🙋‍♀️ FAQs

What Does Hot Chocolate Go With?

Hot chocolate, also known as hot cocoa, goes with marshmallows and whipped cream as a topping. Hot chocolate also goes well with candy canes, chocolate sprinkles, chocolate chips and chocolate syrup on top.

And last but not least, hot chocolate goes with snowy winter evenings around the fireplace with family and friends, and especially at the best time of the year, Christmas time! Sounds wonderful!

When was Hot Chocolate Invented?

Chocolate’s history dates back to Mesoamerica. There is evidence that chocolate was consumed by the Mayans as early as 500 BC, and possibly even before that. Findings dating as far back as 450 BC, show fermented beverages were made from chocolate. Of course, the chocolate beverages back then were prepared differently than how we prepare them today.

When is National Hot Chocolate Day?

January 31 is the official day to celebrate national hot chocolate day. Seems appropriate, so remember that day and make up some delicious hot chocolate to celebrate with your family and friends. 🙂

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Hot chocolate in two mugs.

📝 Final Thoughts

Surely everyone loves a good hot cocoa recipe, especially with mini marshmallows or whipped cream on top, or a little of both! Hot chocolate is comfort food, it warms up the tummy right before bedtime like nothing else can! It’s also a great treat during the colder months of the year such as November, December and January.

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Hot Chocolate with Cocoa Powder

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A sweet and creamy hot chocolate recipe with cocoa powder, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract. It is all blended together with hot water for a delicious treat topped with mini marshmallows and whipped cream.
5 from 2 votes
Cost $3
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings 6

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Instructions
 

  • In a large pot, add the sweetened condensed milk, cocoa, vanilla, and salt. Mix well.
  • Turn the burner on medium heat, then slowly stir in the water.
  • Keep stirring until the hot chocolate is heated through.
  • Top with mini marshmallows and whipped cream.

Recipe Notes

  • For an extra treat top off your hot chocolate with some whipped cream and chocolate flakes.
  • Microwave Instructions: Use a 2-quart glass bowl, mix all ingredients, then microwave on full power (high) for about 8 to 10 minutes. Stir every 3 minutes. Keep an eye on it.
Keyword cocoa powder, condensed milk, hot chocolate, hot cocoa, marshmallows
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