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Hot Cocoa

A mug of hot cocoa topped with whipped cream and swirls of chocolate sauce sits on a marble table top next to a stack of books.

A snow day calls for hot cocoa.  Let’s be honest, I’ll use any excuse to make this hot cocoa. When you want something more luxurious than the usual cocoa mix & hot water combo, this is the one to make.

Start by heating milk in a heavy pot on medium heat. A heavy pot is important here because it helps prevent the milk from scorching. This is the one I use. Then stir in sugar, cocoa, and a pinch of salt. Whisk until everything is fully combined and the milk becomes frothy. Turn off the heat and stir in vanilla before pouring into a mug. I like to top mine with both marshmallows and whipped cream. Makes it even more decadent!


I mention using dark cocoa powder, but regular is fine to use if that’s what you have on hand.

Hot Cocoa

Servings 1


  • 8 oz milk
  • 2 tbsp dark cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • assorted toppings optional


  1. Heat milk in a saucepan over medium low heat. 

  2. Add in sugar, cocoa, and salt and stir with a whisk until the cocoa dissolves and the milk becomes frothy.

  3. Remove from heat and add in vanilla. 

  4. Pour into a mug and top with marshmallows and/or whipped cream. Caramel sauce, chocolate shavings, or crushed candy cane make great toppings, too.

This recipe was originally shared on my Snow Day Essentials post, but I felt it was worthy of its on home here!

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