Hot Chocolate

Who doesn’t love a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day? This classic recipe is sure to please, and can be easily tailored to your own taste. Simply adjust the amount of sugar to suit your sweetness preference, add a little extra cinnamon for a festive twist, or even top with whipped cream and a marshmallow for an indulgent treat.


  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash of salt


  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together milk, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt.
  2. Place over medium heat, and cook until mixture comes to a simmer, whisking frequently.
  3. Remove from heat, and serve.

Potential changes & improvements

As mentioned above, the amount of sugar in this recipe can be easily adjusted to suit your own taste. For a richer hot chocolate, you could also try using half-and-half or heavy cream in place of the milk. And if you’re feeling really adventurous, you could even add a shot of espresso or some Bailey’s Irish Cream for an extra special treat.

What other food it works well with

Hot chocolate is delicious on its own, but can also be paired with a variety of sweet and savory foods. Try serving it with a slice of cake or some cookies for a classic dessert combination. Or for something a little different, try pairing it with grilled cheese or a slice of pizza. The possibilities are endless!

Common Mistakes

One common mistake when making hot chocolate is not whisking the ingredients together thoroughly enough. This can result in a uneven, clumpy drink. Another mistake is not heating the mixture enough, which can result in a watery, bland drink. Be sure to cook the mixture over medium heat, whisking frequently, until it comes to a simmer.

Nutritional Information

This recipe makes 1 serving.

Calories: 210

Fat: 8 g

Saturated Fat: 5 g

Cholesterol: 20 mg

Sodium: 160 mg

Carbohydrates: 32 g

Fiber: 2 g

Sugar: 27 g

Protein: 8 g


This recipe contains milk and may contain traces of nuts, soy, and wheat.

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