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Decadent Homemade Hot Chocolate

Decadent and smooth homemade hot chocolate

Winter weekends were spent as a family on the top of a mountain riding snowmobiles.  With snowmobiles in my family comes a thermos full of hot coca tucked in next to the engine of a snowmobile to stay warm.  The thermos was a must because as a family we all looked forward to having a warm drink on the mountain.  The heat from the thermos cup warming your fingers.

Now as I have a family of my own this is trend that I can’t wait to continue but wanted to pump up the flavor of the hot cocoa we would be drinking on the mountain.  Don’t get me wrong that the pre-packaged stuff works in a pinch but I want something more.  When I think of hot cocoa I think of there words and those three words are what I want to be drinking on top of the mountain.

Creamy.

Smooth.

Decadent.

These are the three words that come to mind when I am thinking of hot cocoa.

I want something that I just can’t seem to put down because of how creamy it feels on my tongue.  I want a hot cocoa that is absolutely decadent and satisfies my chocolate sweet tooth.

I headed to the internet to find the perfect recipe but I just couldn’t seem to find the one that was it.  The one that left me wanting more, so I made my own using the basis of what I had read on the internet.  You can make your own hot cocoa with some pretty basic ingredients you more than likely have lying around your house and trust me it is WAY better than any pre-packaged mix you can buy (for a decent price). Plus you can customize your hot cocoa to be any flavor you want: hazelnut, french vanilla, mint, the sky is the limit here really.

The Cast Of Homemade Hot Chocolate

2 Cups Powdered Sugar
1 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa
2 1/2 Cups Powdered Milk
1 3 oz box of Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix (Jello brand is 3 oz and store brand is 3.4 both are fine)
1 15 oz container of powdered flavored creamer (optional)

Homemade Hot Chocolate Directions

1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

2. If you own a food processor I recommend running all the ingredients through it to help mix and to make a finer powder mix, however this is not a must.

3. When you are ready to use mix 2-3 heaping teaspoons in 8 ounces of warmed milk (the best flavor) or water.

4. Garnish With Whip Cream.

5. Store the powdered mix in an airtight container until you are ready to use.

For Christmas gifts I made several huge batches of this and then packaged hot cocoa powder in goodie bags and partnered them with a coffee mug and chocolate dipped spoons. They made great gifts for the kids teachers, daycare provider, and mail lady to name a few.

Have you ever had homemade hot cocoa? What is your go to winter drink?

If you liked this recipe please check out my other beverage recipes.

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19 COMMENTS

  • maureen

    HI BRANDY AND FAMILY I LOVE YOUR LITTLE EMAILS ABOUT YOUR FAMILY OUTINGS AND GREAT SWEET DEALS TOO. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE FAMILY PICTURES OF YOUR HUSBAND AND CHILDREN TOGETHER IN ONE OF YOUR COLUMS AND I WOULD LOVE TO VISIT COLORADO ALSO. HAPPY FARMING SUCH AS WE DO ALSO. LOVE FOOD. MAUREEN

  • Crystal C

    Oh, I have to try this!

    • Brandy
      AUTHOR

      You won’t regret it Crystal!

  • Beth

    This sounds delicious! My daughter LOVES to make hot cocoa and put in marshmallows, whipped cream and sprinkles and this would probably be a cheaper and better tasting!

    • Brandy
      AUTHOR

      Beth-
      The recipe is delicious and the addition of the fun stuff with be a hit with your daughter.

  • Miz Helen

    Hi Brandy,
    I just love Hot Chocolate, this looks delicious. Your recipe is awesome and thank you so much for sharing it with Full Plate Thursday.
    Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Jennifer Chidester

    You had me at chocolate! Yum!!

  • Grace Hodgin

    I have a feeling I’m going to dream about this until I make it so better do it this week end. 🙂 What a great photo.

    • Brandy
      AUTHOR

      Grace-
      It is absolutely delicious and makes plenty to keep on hand. Thank you for the compliment on the photo. I am working really hard on them as before I would have taken one was my kids guzzled it down and used it. Any tips are always welcome. Have a splendid day!

  • I used to make homemade more often than lately, I blame the chaos. But it does taste so much better, I need to do that more often, maybe for some me-time?!?

    • Brandy
      AUTHOR

      Chaos? Lack of me-time? Boy does that describe motherhood Tammi. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Tammilee Tillison

    I made homemade nutella hot chocolate a few weeks ago and it was amazing. So much better than store bought.

    • Brandy
      AUTHOR

      Nutella hot chocolate sounds delicious. I must check into that recipe. Did you add a scoop of Nutella or omit the chocolate entirely?

  • Pam

    That looks so good. I love homemade hot chocolate.

  • Susan

    I simply must try this, it looks so yummy!

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