The Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate [RECIPE]

Hot chocolate

This simple recipe raises the bar for your hot chocolate cravings.
(Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Cooler temperatures means warmer beverages, and one of my absolute favorite cold-weather drinks is a delicious cup of cocoa. Although many of you probably grew up on instant hot chocolate packets made with water like I did, I think you deserve something a bit more decadent. So here’s our recipe for the perfect cup of hot chocolate. And here’s an extra tip: They go wonderfully with snickerdoodles!

PREP:  1 minute
COOK: 4 minutes


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon best quality cocoa powder (We prefer Ghirardelli Premium Baking Cocoa)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • marshmallows, whipping cream or ice cream for garnish


  1. In a small sauce pan, warm milk over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t burn and stick to the bottom.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together cocoa powder and sugar until well combined and no clumps remain.
  3. Once milk is warm but not boiling, add cocoa mixture to pan; stir to combine. When hot chocolate reaches desired temperature, pour into a large mug and top with marshmallows or a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream if desired.

YIELDS: 1 serving

© 2015 Jadeworks Entertainment

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

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