Homemade Hot Chocolate

Ditch the Packets: Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe for Pure Bliss

There’s nothing quite like a steaming mug of hot chocolate on a chilly day. It’s pure comfort in a cup, a sweet and decadent treat that warms you from the inside out. But let’s be honest, those store-bought packets often leave us wanting more. They can be thin, artificial-tasting, and loaded with unwanted sugars.

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Today, we’re ditching the packets and embracing the rich, flavorful world of homemade hot chocolate! This homemade hot chocolate mix recipe is incredibly easy to make, requiring just a handful of ingredients and minimal effort. But the end result is a luxurious cup of hot chocolate that blows away anything you’ll find pre-made.

A Brief History of Hot Chocolate (It’s Older Than You Think!)

Did you know that hot chocolate has a fascinating history dating back centuries? While the steaming beverage we know and love today is quite different, its origins can be traced back to the Mayan period (around 2,000 years ago!). Back then, hot chocolate wasn’t quite the sweet treat we enjoy. It was a frothy, bitter drink made with corn meal, chiles, and water, and it held ceremonial significance in Mayan culture.

Fast forward through history, and hot chocolate evolved into a more familiar form. Europeans encountered the drink during their exploration of the Americas, and over time, it transformed into a sweetened and richer beverage enjoyed by royalty and the elite. Today, hot chocolate is a beloved beverage enjoyed worldwide, and with this recipe, you can create your own piece of hot chocolate history in your own kitchen!

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Homemade Hot Chocolate: Simple Ingredients, Extraordinary Flavor

The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity. You only need a few high-quality ingredients to create a truly decadent cup of hot chocolate.

  • Milk: This forms the base of our hot chocolate. Whole milk or 2% milk will provide a richer flavor, but you can also use skim milk or non-dairy alternatives like almond milk or oat milk.
  • Heavy Cream: A touch of heavy cream adds a luxurious silkiness to the hot chocolate. If you’re watching your calorie intake, you can omit the cream, but it does make a difference in texture.
  • Sugar: Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar to your taste preference. This recipe starts with a moderate amount, allowing the natural sweetness of the chocolate to shine through.
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips: Here’s where the magic happens! High-quality semi-sweet chocolate chips are key to achieving a rich, complex flavor. Avoid using baking chocolate, as it’s too intense for this recipe.
  • Vanilla Extract: A touch of pure vanilla extract adds depth and complexity, rounding out the chocolate flavor beautifully.
  • Spice it Up (Optional): For a touch of warmth, add a pinch of cinnamon or cayenne pepper to the hot chocolate while it’s simmering.

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Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Recipe by Jason Hill – CookingSessions.com
Chef Jason Hill shares a Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe that will blow away those store bought packets in this episode of "Chef Tips."
Did you know that hot chocolate dates back to the Mayan period? In its purest form, it was made with corn meal, chiles and water and was used for sacred ceremonies. 
This hot chocolate mix recipe will blow away any of those store bought packets and it comes together in a snap!
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Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 1


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup good quality semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream and chocolate shavings for garnish


  • Heat milk, cream and sugar and whisk in a sauce pot over high heat until it almost reaches a boil. Next, add 1 cup good quality semi sweet chocolate chips.
  • Whisk until melted. Next, add 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
  • Pour the hot chocolate into your favorite mug. Top with whipped cream and freshly grated chocolate.
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AboutJason Hill

Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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