The Ultimate Hot Chocolate Recipe

The Ultimate Hot Chocolate Recipe
Staff Writer
Patricia Stagich

You have probably been making hot chocolate without a recipe for your entire life — for many, hot chocolate can mean dumping a few scoops of a mix into a mug, adding a few glugs of milk, and heating the whole thing in the microwave. Making hot chocolate from scratch was something you probably didn't even think to do. With a just a few simple steps, you'll realize how truly simple it is. Hot chocolate is like pancakes: Both aren't hard to make from scratch, but most people use mixes and the end results suffer.

How to Make the Ultimate Hot Chocolate From Scratch

1
Servings
1593
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups whole milk
  • 4 Ounces Ghirardelli semisweet chips or bar
  • 5 Ounces Dove Silky Smooth Milk Chocolate
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Cups half-and-half

Directions

Heat milk and half-and-half in a saucepan over medium heat to just below the simmering point. Remove the pan from the heat and add both types of chocolate. When chocolate has melted, add the sugar and vanilla and whisk to combine. Reheat gently and serve immediately garnished with whipped cream and grated chocolate.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
61g
87%
Sugar
163g
100%
Saturated Fat
35g
100%
Cholesterol
69mg
23%
Carbohydrate, by difference
224g
100%
Protein
39g
85%
Vitamin A, RAE
1221µg
100%
Vitamin B-12
10µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
3mg
100%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
118mg
100%
Vitamin E, added
7mg
47%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
146µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
1478mg
100%
Choline, total
99mg
23%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
14g
56%
Folate, total
508µg
100%
Iron, Fe
8mg
44%
Magnesium, Mg
337mg
100%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
24mg
100%
Pantothenic acid
13mg
100%
Phosphorus, P
1096mg
100%
Riboflavin
3mg
100%
Selenium, Se
67µg
100%
Sodium, Na
589mg
39%
Thiamin
2mg
100%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
11µg
73%
Water
338g
13%
Zinc, Zn
10mg
100%

Ultimate Hot Chocolate Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Ultimate Hot Chocolate Cooking Tip

When melting chocolate, use a double boiler and stir occasionally to avoid scorching chocolate at the bottom of the bowl.