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Hot Cocoa Recipe – Tea Coffee & Drinks

Hot Cocoa is a rich, smooth and delicious chocolate drink filled with flavors of fresh cocoa and vanilla. It is usually prepared with milk, cocoa powder, vanilla, and brown sugar. The recipe I have shared here shows you how to make Hot Cocoa with easy step-by-step instructions for you to try and enjoy at home.

I have also shared a detailed video below to make the cooking process simple and clear. This Homemade Hot Cocoa is one of the best drinks to enjoy as a treat on cold winter days.

Hot Cocoa in a cup
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What is Hot Cocoa?

Hot Cocoa is a smooth, creamy, and chocolatey rich drink made with fresh cocoa powder, sugar, and milk. It is one of the best cozy drinks to enjoy on winter days. And it is also absolutely easy to make at your own kitchen in under 30 minutes.

Even though I have made this recipe from scratch, you can also use cocoa mix powder to achieve similar results. You can also make your own cocoa mix at home and store it for the future-use also. So let see how to make this recipe below.

Ingredients

The ingredients you will need to make this Hot Cocoa Recipe are basic and I believe you may easily find them in your local supermarkets. Let see what are the ingredients below.

Hot Cocoa Ingredients on a table
  • Cocoa Powder Fresh unsweetened cocoa powder gives deep chocolatey flavor and taste
  • Milk – I have used full fat milk here to achieve a thick and creamy drink but you can feel free to use milk of your choice
  • Vanilla Essence – Gives fresh aroma and flavor to your drink
  • Brown Sugar – I have used brown sugar to sweeten the drink and you can also use other sweetners of your choice

How to make Hot Cocoa?

The recipe I have shared here is a homemade Hot Cocoa prepared with fresh unsweetened cocoa, milk, and brown sugar. It is one of the best drinks to enjoy during cold winter days that makes you feel cozy with its in-depth flavor and taste.

Hot Cocoa in a cup

Following are the high-level instructions to make this recipe but for detailed step-by-step instructions with photo and video, Please check out the recipe card below.

  • Dissolve the cocoa and sugar – In a sauce pan with low medium heat, add suagr, cocoa powder and water
  • Whisk to combine – Whisk and mix the ingredients until it combines well
  • Introduce Milk – Now add in the milk and give a good mix. Allow the milk to warm up for 2 to 3 minutes and make sure to remove it from heat before it start to boil
  • Serve – Now in a serving cup, pour in the Hot Cocoa to enjoy as it is or top it with marshmallows, whipped cream and chocolate shavings for a delicious treat

Tips

  • For Rich Flavor and Taste – Using unsweetned cocoa powder gives the rich flavor and taste to the drink and you can also use store brought cocoa mix if that is handy for you
  • Sweetner – I have used brown sugar to sweeten up the drink but you can feel free to use favorite sweetner of your preferences
  • For thick and smooth texture – I have used full fat milk here to achieve a thick and smooth drink but you can feel free to use dairy of your choice
  • Temperature – Always make sure to make the Hot Cocoa in low medium heat and I suggest to heat the milk without reaching the boiling point. It also helps to avoid burning of the cocoa powder at the bottom of the vessel
  • Serving – Serve this cozy drink as it is warm or topped with marshmallows, whipped cream and chocolate shavings

Calories

This Hot Cocoa that I have shared here contains 216 calories per serving and it is an estimation by the nutrition calculator. The calories count may change if you change or alter any of the ingredients. You could also find detailed nutrition information in the recipe card below.

Storage Suggestions

You can store the leftover drink in the refrigerator for a day and reheat the drink before serving. The cocoa mix usually tends to sediment at the bottom of the container, so make sure to stir well while reheating.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this cozy and delicious Hot Cocoa as it or topped with marshmallows, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings for a cafe-style treat.

You could also find similar recipes below and more at Chocolate Drinks and Winter Drinks.

Hot Cocoa Recipe video

I have also shared a detailed video of this Hot Cocoa Recipe below that I hope will help you to make a cozy and warm drink at home. And you could also find this recipe in story format.

📖 Recipe

Yield: 2 cups

Hot Cocoa

Hot Cocoa in a cup

Hot Cocoa is a rich, smooth and delicious chocolate drink filled with flavors of fresh cocoa and vanilla. It is usually prepared with milk, cocoa powder, vanilla, and brown sugar. This Homemade Hot Cocoa is one of the best drinks to enjoy as a treat or to keep you warm on cold winter days.

Prep Time
5 minutes

Cook Time
10 minutes

Total Time
15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Water

  • 3 tbsp Cocoa Powder

  • 3 tbsp Brown Sugar

  • 2 cup Milk, full fat

  • Marshmallows, optional

Notes

  1. For Rich Flavor and Taste – Using unsweetened cocoa powder gives a rich flavor and taste to the drink and you can also use store brought cocoa mix is ​​that is handy for you
  2. Sweetener – I have used brown sugar to sweeten up the drink but you can feel free to use your favorite sweetener of your preferences
  3. For thick and smooth texture – I have used full-fat milk here to achieve a thick and smooth drink but you can feel free to use dairy of your choice
  4. Temperature – Always make sure to make the Hot Cocoa in low medium heat and I suggest warming and heating the milk without boiling it. It also helps to avoid burning the cocoa powder at the bottom of the vessel
  5. Serving – Serve this cozy chocolate drink as it is warm or topped with marshmallows, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 216Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 124mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 28gProtein: 10g

Disclaimer: Nutrition information comes from third-party apps and calculators. The information is purely an estimate and provided for information purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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FAQ

What is Hot Cocoa?

Hot Cocoa is a smooth and creamy chocolate drink made with fresh unsweetened cocoa powder, milk, sugar, and vanilla essence. It is usually topped with marshmallows or whipped cream with chocolate shavings as a treat on cold winter days.

Is Hot Cocoa good for you?

Even though the cocoa powder is has a lot of health benefits on its own, the sugar and other additives added to this drink will not make it fall under the healthy category.

What is the difference between Hot Cocoa and Hot Chocolate?

Hot Cocoa is a smooth, thin, and creamy drink made with unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, and milk. But Hot Chocolate is a super-rich, thick and creamy drink made with dark chocolates, cocoa powder, milk, and sugar. And it also has deep bitter notes of dark chocolate whereas Hot Cocoa is sweet in its taste.

What are the calories in this Hot Cocoa?

This Hot Cocoa that I have shared here contains 216 calories per serving and it is an estimation by the nutrition calculator. The calories count may change if you change or alter any of the ingredients. You could also find detailed nutrition information in the recipe card above.

I hope you enjoyed the recipe that I have shared here and I would love to hear from you on how it turned out for you. Please let me know.

If you have any other questions, feel free to post them in the comment section below and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Enjoy!