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Hot Chocolate For One

Rich and creamy hot chocolate recipe - The best tasting homemade hot chocolate! Made with milk, cocoa powder and sugar. So easy to make!

Hot chocolate in a cup with mini marshmallows

A mug of rich and thick hot chocolate is perfect to enjoy on a cold winter day and there's something especially wonderful about homemade hot chocolate for one.

Why This Recipe Works

  • This homemade hot chocolate recipe delivers a mug of hot chocolate that is so much richer than hot chocolate that comes from the store bought packets. In fact, this single serving recipe is a scaled down version of the hot chocolate I made when my five children were living at home. I would make a big pot of hot chocolate every time the weather turned cool and I always had it simmering on the stove during the holidays.
  • This recipe will make enough for 1 large mug of hot chocolate or 2 small cups.
  • It's easy to make!

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Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Milk and cream: Hot chocolate needs a creamy base and we love the combination of heavy cream and milk. Feel free to use any percentage of milk; whole, skim, 1 or 2% - you can also use almond or soy milk too. Keep in mind, the higher the fat content of the milk you use, the richer and creamier the hot chocolate will be.
  • Sugar: We use 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar in this recipe. You can use a sugar substitute like Swerve instead.
  • Cocoa powder: Use unsweetened cocoa powder for best flavor.
  • Ground cinnamon: A touch of cinnamon adds a tremendous amount of flavor!
  • Vanilla extract: A splash of vanilla will make this hot chocolate for one recipe taste gourmet!

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Start by heating 1/2 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of cream in a small saucepan. You can skip the cream if you'd like and instead add 1 cup of milk but I prefer the richness of the hot chocolate when it's made with that little bit of cream. You can definitely taste a difference.
  2. While the milk and cream are heating, mix together cocoa powder, sugar and a touch of cinnamon in a separate bowl. Pour the powdered mixture into the hot milk/cream and stir for about 4 minutes. As the sugar and cocoa melt into the milk, the chocolate mixture thickens and becomes darker.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and add in a little vanilla extract. Pour the hot chocolate into a mug, top with marshmallows if you'd like and enjoy!

Quick, easy and incredibly delicious. It's like drinking a mug of pure chocolate.

Pouring hot chocolate from a pot and into a mug with a small bowl of mini marshmallows in the background

Expert Tips

  • You can make this hot chocolate with any type of milk, but the higher the fat content in the milk you use, the creamier the hot chocolate will taste.
  • Slow, even heating ensures the milk won't scald, so whisk the hot chocolate often and don't rush the process.
  • Consider adding a touch of Crème de Menthe or Bailey's Irish Cream to your hot chocolate = spectacular!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Toppings Should I Add To Hot Chocolate?

Take your hot chocolate to the next level by adding whipped cream or marshmallows.

Can I Make Hot Chocolate In The Microwave?

We don't recommend using the microwave for this recipe. A slow simmer on the stove works best.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this hot chocolate recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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A young girl adding mini marshmallows to a cup of hot chocolate

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Hot Chocolate For One | One Dish Kitchen

Hot Chocolate Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Dessert
Keywords: chocolate
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 279kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Place the milk and cream into a small saucepan and heat to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Stir together the sugar, cocoa powder and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  • Stir the cocoa/sugar mixture into the saucepan. Stir and simmer 4-5 minutes. Be careful not to let the milk boil.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  • Pour into cup and enjoy.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • You can make this hot chocolate with any type of milk, but the higher the fat content in the milk you use, the creamier the hot chocolate will taste.
  • Slow, even heating ensures the milk won't scald, so whisk the hot chocolate often and don't rush the process.
  • Consider adding a touch of Crème de Menthe or Bailey's Irish Cream to your hot chocolate = spectacular!

Nutrition

Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 178mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1000IU | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 0.3mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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10 thoughts on “Hot Chocolate For One”

  1. 5 stars
    I mix the ingredients together before microwaving right in the cup. Takes a minute to mix and 2 to heat. (I mix the dry ingredients and add a little hot water to blend before pouring in milk or 1/2and 1/2) Add vanilla after heating.

    1. Thank you for sharing your microwave version. I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe.
      Have a wonderful weekend.
      Joanie

  2. Ashley Stephenson

    I have never made from scratch homemade hot chocolate. Lately I have been using the K-cups :/ but one day I will make it from scratch like your recipe!

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