This homemade hot chocolate recipe will blow your mind. It’s creamy, delicious, and sweetened naturally without the use of corn syrup or processed sugar.
My favorite part about the arrival of colder weather is the excuse to have a tasty hot drink in my hand.
Homemade hot chocolate is my winter drink of choice. We mix up a thermos to take along when shopping for a Christmas tree, we sip it at holiday parades while shivering in the cold, and it makes a great companion when I want to relax on the couch and stare at the lights on the Christmas tree.
Thirsty for a chocolate drink that will warm you from the inside out? Check out our rich, delicious recipe (made with natural sweeteners). This homemade hot chocolate is best when topped with homemade naturally sweetened marshmallows!
Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe
This homemade hot chocolate recipe will blow your mind. It's creamy, delicious, and sweetened naturally without the use of corn syrup or processed sugar.
- Prep Time
- 10 minutes
- Active Time
- 10 minutes
- Total Time
- 20 minutes
- 4 servings
- Estimated Cost
- To make this homemade hot chocolate recipe, begin by mixing together cocoa powder, salt, and optional cinnamon in a medium saucepan. Next, stir in the maple syrup and water.
- Cook the mixture over medium-high heat, stirring, until it boils. Boil for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Add milk, stir, and heat. Do not allow the mixture to boil.
- Remove from heat and add vanilla extract.
This recipe makes a very rich chocolate drink. So if you’re used to watered down, powdered hot cocoa mixes, you’ll be amazed at how creamy and delicious this homemade hot chocolate can be. If the mixture is too rich for your tastes just add more milk or water.
I like to make big batches of this hot cocoa recipe and store it in the refrigerator so I can quickly heat a mug without starting from scratch each time I’m craving it!
Homemade Hot Chocolate vs. Instant Mixes
My favorite part about this recipe is that it doesn’t contain loads of refined sugar like instant mixes. I prefer to sweeten with a natural sugar substitute like maple syrup. For yours, feel free to use any natural sweetener you’re comfortable with.
Sure, instant mixes may be easier, but processed foods almost always have negative health effects.
Commercially-prepared instant hot cocoa mixes contain all sorts of GMO ingredients, like corn syrup (GMO corn), white sugar (GMO sugar beets), partially hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors, and dairy products from cows treated with antibiotics and growth hormones.
Homemade hot chocolate means you control the contents of your recipe and the quality of those ingredients. The purer your ingredients, the more fabulous the recipe will turn out.
Enjoy this homemade hot chocolate recipe and let us know what you think!