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Best Hot Chocolate Recipes - Homemade with Cocoa, Chocolate, Spices

Updated on November 16, 2016
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John applies his scientific & research skills (PhD) to develop recipes, food guides, reviews of healthy whole foods, ingredients & cooking

Hot chocolate is a favorite comfort drink designed to bribe you to sleep, relax or simply enjoy something hot and sweet. It is opulent and can be restrained, but a low-cal hot chocolate is a contradiction and hardly worth considering.

Why would you bother? All genuine homemade hot chocolate recipes contain cocoa or chocolate, sometimes both. However, it is what you add to the base ingredients that makes all the difference.

Forget those fake hot chocolate powders you can buy and learn to make the real thing, just the way you like it.

Discover some of the best hot chocolate recipes ever conceived to get you started on the path to hot chocolate perfection.

The fabulous recipes provided in this article include spiked and spiced hot chocolate recipes, and those made with milk, cream, yogurt, sugar and coffee. Enjoy!

A nice hot chocolate made by someone else just for you. Perfect
A nice hot chocolate made by someone else just for you. Perfect | Source
Hot chocolate can be very comforting and warming way to induce sleep and relaxation
Hot chocolate can be very comforting and warming way to induce sleep and relaxation | Source
Hot chocolate - opulent and satisfying!
Hot chocolate - opulent and satisfying! | Source

Rich and Spicy Hot Chocolate Recipe


  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, or honey (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 oz (85g) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (less or more to taste)


Combine the cocoa, sugar, chocolate and chili in a small saucepan. Heat using a medium-low heat setting and whisk vigorously until the chocolate starts to melt. Slowly add the milk and cream while mixing. Add the cinnamon stick and heat until the mixture is just about to simmer. Then remove the pan from the stove. Set aside for 30-60 minutes, if you have time as this helps the full flavors to develop and mesh together. When ready to serve, stain the mixture, add sugar and vanilla to taste. Reheat and serve with whipped cream and marshmallows.

Simply the Best, Simple Hot Chocolate Recipe


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • whipped cream to serve
  • 1 1/2 cups pure (thin) cream
  • 3/4 cup good-quality cocoa powder
  • 125g ( 4.5 oz) high-quality rich dark chocolate, broken in pieces


Add the sugar to 1/2 cup of water to a pan set to medium-low heat. Mix to dissolve the sugar and then simmer for 2-3 minutes to thicken the syrup. Add the chocolate and mix until it melts. Then whisk in cocoa, cream and 1/3 cup of milk. Transfer the mixture to a small jug.

Heat the remaining milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat till it is just about to simmer, but do not allow to boil. Pour in portions of the warm warm chocolate mixture and top up with hot milk. Serve with whipped cream and marshmallows and a sprinkling of cocoa.

Hot Chocolate Recipes Spiked with Alcohol


  • 3 1/2 ounces best-quality dark, bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum (more or less or to taste) or one of the alternative spirits suggested below
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cinnamon stick


Break the chocolate into pieces and add to the milk in a saucepan. Add the cinnamon stick, honey and sugar. Heat and mix gently over low-moderate temperature until the chocolate is melted. Add the vanilla and slowly add the rum while whisking. Taste and add more or less sugar and rum to suit your preferences. Remove the cinnamon stick, heat to just below boiling and serve.

Other Ways to Spike Hot Chocolate with Alcohol

Baileys Irish Cream, topped with a little whiskey.

Kahlua goes very well with cinnamon and spices

Peppermint Schnapps - pairs well with chocolate and cocoa

Tequila - sounds unusual, but it does work

Double Choc Hot Chocolate Recipe


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 8 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 oz (30g) semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 oz (30g) unsweetened chocolate, chopped (or rich dark chocolate)


Heat all the ingredients, except for the vanilla, in a saucepan, until the sugar dissolves and the chocolate melts. For added creaminess, pour about half the mixture into a blender and pulse until foamy. Transfer back into the saucepan, heat until just below boiling, mix to combine, add the vanilla and serve hot.

© 2014 Dr. John Anderson


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    Fox Music 2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this delicious hub "Best Hot Chocolate Recipes - Homemade with Cocoa, Chocolate, Spices"

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    Francesca27 3 years ago from Hub Page

    Your recipes are just in time for this very cold weather! Thank you for writing this hub.

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    FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

    Hot chocolate sounds like a good idea, especially with the winter storm coming!

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    Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

    Thank you for sharing these great recipes here. I love hot chocolate or anything chocolate!

    Up and more and sharing


    Faith Reaper

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    Clark Cook 3 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

    Ah! Rare indeed is an occasion that would prompt me to disagree....nay! disagree wholeheartedly with the redoubtable Jamie, Dispenser of Truth In All Things Here, as in above, as on these Very Pages, Fellow Hubbers, he doth lead you astray, dooming you to half an evening of labour over a hot stove for ten minutes of hard-won pleasure. But he must be forgiven, along with the throngs of barbarian 'Mericans that comprise 90% of his faithful readership......because none of you has heard of FRY'S COCOA, an ambrosial hot chocolate in the yellow can, by Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen and Her predecessors to the Throne back almost three hundred years. Follow the directions on the can. Two minutes. Heaven. Sustain your trust in our all but hot chocolate