How to make Hot Chocolate at home

A steaming cup of hot chocolate made with cocoa and cinnamon, is all you need in winter! Kids always love a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallow treats and adults find this warm cuppa very soothing and comforting! Even brings back our own memories as kids!

A cup of hot chocolate (HC) spiked with some aromatics defines winters for me! I didn’t grow up drinking this but when I tasted it for the very first time, in my adulthood in UK in 2016, I was in heaven! It was smooth, velvety, thick and soft at the same time. It tasted heavenly and made me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Just what I needed on a cold, windy day back in the UK!

How do you make homemade hot chocolate?

Making homemade HC is very easy and the recipe here is pretty simple with milk, cocoa, sugar and cinnamon. Follow the recipe below.

Can you make hot chocolate with cocoa powder?

Yes, you have come to the right place. This is a hot chocolate recipe with cocoa powder.

What can you add to hot chocolate?

HC goes well with a lot of flavor combinations. You can serve the drink with marshmallows or whipped cream, infuse with vanilla or orange or ginger, spike it with star anise or all spice mix or ginger bread spice mix or pumpkin spice mix, drizzle with more chocolate or caramel.

How do you make instant hot chocolate?

To make instant hot chocolate, you can keep an instant HC mix with you at all times. Simply mix together 2 tsp of cocoa powder, 2 tsp of sugar, 2 tsp of milk powder for 1 cup of instant HC. Increase the quantity as per your usage.

If you are here, don’t forget to also check my Christmas Fruit Cake and Linzer Cookies. They can be a perfect accompaniment to your hot cuppa!

Hot Chocolate Recipe | How to make Hot Chocolate at home

Steaming cup of Hot Chocolate made with cocoa and cinnamon, is all you want this winter! Kids love hot chocolate with little marshmallow treats

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 Cup
Author Nandita


  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 inch Cinnamon optional
  • 2 tsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Cane Sugar or Brown Sugar or Refined Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence optional
  • Whipped Cream for garnish optional
  • Chocolate Sauce for garnish optional


  1. Heat milk in a pan with cinnamon. Let it come to a boil.

  2. Add cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla essence and mix well until well combined.

  3. Pour into a mug, garnish with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce or little marshmallows.

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