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A glass of homemade hot cocoa with candles.

The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa

  • Author: Amanda McGrory-Dixon


This homemade hot cocoa is made with a mix of whole milk and heavy cream with plenty of chocolatey goodness for an extra decadent treat.



3 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
1-2 ounces your favorite alcohol or liqueur, optional
Chocolate fudge, for garnish, optional
Chopped pecans, for garnish, optional
Cacao nibs, for garnish, optional
Marshmallows, for garnish, optional
Whipped cream, for garnish, optional


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, pour in the whole milk and heavy cream. Add the white sugar, dark brown sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla extract.
  2. Whisk the mixture until the cocoa powder smooths out.
  3. Heat the mixture until it warms to serving temperature, whisking frequently. The ideal serving temperature for warm drinks is 160-185 degrees. The mixture will hit this temperature range before simmering.
  4. If desired, rim the glasses with chocolate fudge, chopped pecans and cacao nibs and top with whipped cream or marshmallows. Pour into mugs and serve. Enjoy!