With just four ingredients you can make a cup of homemade hot chocolate in about 5 minutes!
Every year I think once the holidays are over winter should be over, so I always get depressed around mid-January when I realize winter is just getting started. It’s cold and we all need a warm-up, don’t you think?
This easy hot chocolate goes into heavy rotation this time of year. It’s my go-to chocolate treat when it’s cold because it’s easy to make with pantry ingredients and takes all of five minutes to make. No complicated steps and no fancy chocolate required. Just mix, heat, and serve.
It’s simple but effective.
I bet you already have everything on hand so you can go right to the kitchen a whip up a batch. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- Granulated sugar
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
How to Make Hot Chocolate
Whisk the sugar and cocoa powder together in a small saucepan. Add the milk and whisk over medium-low heat until the sugar and cocoa are dissolved and the hot chocolate is heated through.
Yes, you can double, triple or quadruple this recipe.
I usually use 2% milk because it’s what I have on hand, but I’ve also made it with whole milk which makes it a little richer.
For a really decadent treat, try combining a 1/4 cup of cream with 3/4 cup of milk.
I’ve also made this hot cocoa with almond milk!
This hot chocolate recipe is for sudden-onset chocolate cravings and I’m not sure how it would be if it’s made ahead of time. Plus, it’s so easy you can make a batch in about five minutes.
That said, if you want a hot chocolate mix you can make ahead to have on hand you might like my Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix, which keeps in an airtight container for up to six months.
Happy hot chocolate-making, friends!
Stay warm ❄
More Easy Chocolate Recipes
Want more cozy chocolate treats? Here are a few easy chocolate dessert recipes perfect for a cold winter’s night…Print
Quick & Easy Hot Chocolate
A super easy 4 ingredient hot chocolate. Takes only a few minutes to whip up a batch! This recipe is for one serving, but you can easily double or triple it for more servings.
- Prep Time: 1 minute
- Cook Time: 4 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 serving 1x
- Category: Drinks
- Method: Stove Top
- Cuisine: American
- 1 generous tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 generous tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- Heat all the ingredients in a small pan over medium-low heat. Whisk continuously until the sugar and cocoa powder have dissolved into the milk and it’s heated through about 3-4 minutes.
To make it extra rich and decadent try mixing a 1/4 cup of heavy cream with 3/4 cup of milk.
- Serving Size: 1 cup
- Calories: 186
- Sugar: 25.2g
- Sodium: 116.9mg
- Fat: 5.6g
- Saturated Fat: 3.5g
- Unsaturated Fat: 1.8g
- Trans Fat: 0.2g
- Carbohydrates: 27.6g
- Fiber: 1.6g
- Protein: 9.1g
- Cholesterol: 19.7mg
Keywords: easy hot chocolate, homemade hot chocolate