Make-at-Home Hot Chocolate with Assorted Toppings

As a child, I always loved hot chocolate as the perfect snowy-day treat. On any snow day, after spending hours outdoors, you could find us huddled around the fireplace enjoying a cup of Swiss Miss and bragging about who built the biggest snowman that day. Now, as an adult, I still love this winter-time beverage, but have come to savor making my own. It’s simple to do and easily well worth it!  See below for a traditional hot chocolate recipe, but also a list of toppings you could use to customize any way you’d like!

(Yields 2 servings)


2 cups whole milk (almond milk works great, too!)

2 Tablespoons sugar

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Splash of vanilla extract, optional


  • Combine milk and sugar in a small saucepan and place over medium heat.
  • While the milk is heating, place chopped chocolate in the microwave, heat for 30 seconds and stir. Return to microwave and heat for another 30 seconds, remove and stir. Continue to heat and stir in 30-second intervals until just melted.
  • When the milk reaches the scalding point (180 degrees), turn off the heat and add the melted chocolate, whisking to combine. Add the vanilla extract. Top with desired toppings!

Suggested Toppings:

Whipped cream, marshmallows, mini-chocolate chips, crushed peppermint, white chocolate chips, toasted coconut, ground cinnamon, Andes mints, caramel sauce, sea salt, crushed Oreos


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