This Homemade Hot Cocoa is so Easy the Kids Can Make It!

I can’t get over how easy this homemade hot cocoa is so simple. And tasty? YES! If you need an easy hot cocoa recipe, this is what you need. And if you want to teach the kids how to make hot chocolate, this. Is. It.

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Make this amazing homemade hot cocoa in minutes with the kids!

Homemade hot cocoa

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are all about making the best memories with the kiddo. It’s so important to me that we intentionally have those special moments–and one of my favorites is the cuddly under-the-blankets cup of homemade hot cocoa we share on chilly evenings. When the kiddo asked if she could learn how to make hot chocolate one evening recently, I jumped on it!

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In no time, we whipped up this amazing concoction and the kiddo could not be prouder. Seriously, not only will you love this recipe, your kid will too. It’s rich and thick, just like hot cocoa should be, giving them a chance to really make something they’ll love. If you’re ready to get some memories made, let’s get started.

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Tips for how to make hot cocoa

  • Only cook your chocolate over medium low heat in your small saucepan. You don’t want to boil it, that will scorch the milk. So, take the time to cook it slower at a lower heat. You’ll be so much happier.
  • Don’t feel like you have to be boring and only put marshmallows on your homemade hot cocoa, try sprinkling some powdered sugar and cocoa powder over it. Or sprinkle some chocolate chips over some whipped cream. Get creative–let the kids get creative! Woohoo!
  • This is absolutely a kid-friendly hot chocolate recipe. But, if you want to adult this up a little, you can add a pinch of salt and caramel. Just, in your saucepan, combine your sugar, cocoa and salt, stir in vanilla extract, and then heat. It’s so easy to modify this recipe.
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How Do I Make this Homemade hot chocolate?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.

Yield: 2

Homemade Hot Cocoa

Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe on a white table in front of a beige background

I can't get over how easy this homemade hot cocoa is so simple. And tasty? YES! If you need an easy hot cocoa recipe, this is what you need. And if you want to teach the kids how to make hot chocolate, this. Is. It.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate syrup

Instructions

  1. Place white chocolate chips in your sauce pan. 
  2. Add in milk and cream, then while whisking, add in vanilla extract and cocoa powder. Stir until all the cocoa that can be dissolved is dissolved.
  3. Warm over medium heat until the chocolate chips are completely melted and any remaining cocoa powder has dissolved. Do not boil. Just keep the hot cocoa steaming.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Pour hot cocoa through a strainer to remove any cocoa powder chunks.
  6. Place into cups and serve topped with marshmallows and chocolate syrup.  Homemade Hot Cocoa recipe - how to make homemade hot chocolate from scratch

Notes

To make this in the crockpot: Combine all of your ingredients in the crockpot and cook on high for about an hour and a half.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 965Total Fat: 71gSaturated Fat: 43gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 173mgSodium: 202mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 3gSugar: 59gProtein: 17g

All nutrition information is estimated. For accuracy, please calculate your exact brands and ingredients if accuracy is desired.

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More easy hot Chocolate recipes You Might Like

  • Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Mix – Sweet, sweet caramel and hot cocoa? Is there a more perfect pairing? Probably not.
  • Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Dippers – If you never stirred a marshmallow in a cup of hot cocoa, you are missing out. It’s amazing. And these make it even more so.
  • Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa Mix – It’s like a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup in a mug–which is amazing and everyone should try it at least 10 times.
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