This stovetop hot cocoa is so rich and delicious, and made with simple everyday ingredients. It’s the perfect way to warm up this winter!
I have to confess, I’m a bit of a hot cocoa snob. Don’t even waste my time with those little powdered hot cocoa packets! For me, the best hot cocoa needs to be thick and creamy, with just the right amount of sweetness. If I’m going to drink it, it’s worth taking the time and effort to make it from scratch! Luckily this simple and delicious stovetop hot cocoa is super quick and easy to make, and takes only a little more time than opening up a packet. It’s the best of both worlds!
This stovetop hot cocoa gets its rich flavor from a combination of milk, half and half, and semi-sweet chocolate chips. I love that it has real chocolate melted into it! Making it is as simple as adding all of the ingredients to a saucepan, and cooking it over medium heat until the chocolate is melted and the cocoa is smooth. Easy peasy!
This hot cocoa is delicious as is, but since I’m always a little extra, I topped it with homemade marshmallows, whipped cream, sprinkles, and mini chocolate chips, and it was definitely a good move! Feel free to experiment with different toppings and flavors. I’ve also made this hot cocoa using white chocolate chips, and it works beautifully. You really can’t go wrong. This stovetop hot cocoa is the perfect sweet treat to warm up a cold night!
Stovetop Hot CocoaPrint Recipe
for the hot cocoa:
- 3 cups milk
- 1 cup half and half or heavy cream
- 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- pinch of salt
for serving (optional):
- whipped cream marshmallows, sprinkles
- Add all of the ingredients to a medium pot over medium heat. Heat, stirring frequently, until the chocolate chips have melted and the hot cocoa is smooth. Do not allow the hot cocoa to boil. Serve warm with whipped cream or marshmallows and enjoy!