The World’s Best Hot Chocolate

The World’s Best Hot Chocolate is creamy, rich, chocolate-y and delicious.  You’ll never want to buy store-bought hot chocolate again!

What is your favorite Hot Chocolate memory?

Christmas is only 3 days away and I can hardly wait!  Are you as excited as I am?

Hot Chocolate | Inspiration KitchenChristmas Eve has always been special around our house!  We gather around the fire, play games, enjoy hot beverages together and open presents from one another.  On Christmas morning, we get up in our pajamas to rush downstairs and enjoy the overfilled stockings that Santa has left us.

What I love most about Christmas though, is getting to spend time together with family, sharing stories and being thankful for all the blessings in my life.

Hot Chocolate | Inspiration KitchenBecause the Christmas Eve & Christmas tradition is so special to us, I wanted to share my very favorite hot chocolate recipe.  This recipe has a long history with my family.

When I was a little girl, I used to visit my grandparents for the weekend.  Every morning grandma would make me cinnamon toast and a steaming mug of hot chocolate.  It was The World’s Best Hot Chocolate in my opinion, and I love it as much now, as I did then.  It makes me feel all warm and cuddly inside, like a kid again!  I think you’ll love it too ~ and who doesn’t want to feel like a kid at Christmas?  I know, right?!

Hot Chocolate | Inspiration KitchenHot cocoa is so easy to make at home.  And, the best part about it is…, you can make it as chocolate-y or as sweet as you want!  You can even add peppermint chips, marshmallows or any other flavor that you love.

I love to keep chocolate chips melted in a small crockpot so you can dip marshmallows and candy canes whenever you want.  It’s great, interactive fun for the kids.  Adults too!  🙂  #feellikeakidagain

Hot Chocolate | Inspiration KitchenThe recipe provided here is kid-friendly, but it’s super easy to make a dressed-up adult version cocktail.  Just add a shot of Peppermint Schnapps!  (Trust me, this is nummy!)  My favorite Peppermint Schnapps to use is Rumple Minz, but any brand is fine.

It’s also a lot of fun to make a BIG thermos of jacked-up hot chocolate (read=peppermint schnapps) to go on a sleigh ride, gather around a campfire or carry with us while singing Christmas carols.  🙂

Hot Chocolate | Inspiration KitchenBy now, you probably get the idea of how much fun old fashioned Hot Chocolate can be.  So tell me – what is your favorite Hot Chocolate memory?

Try it!  Have a steaming mug of Hot Cocoa this Christmas Eve!  Your family will love it!

Hot Chocolate | Inspiration Kitchen


The World's Best Hot Chocolate
This homemade Hot Chocolate is creamy, rich, chocolate-y and delicious. You'll never want to buy store-bought again!
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 can water (use evaporated milk can once emptied)
  • ⅓ to ½ cup unsweetened cocoa*
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  1. Combine evaporated milk and water in a medium-sized saucepan and mix well. Add ⅓ to ½ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder and 3 tablespoons granulated sugar. Whisk hot chocolate with a whisk until cocoa is mixed in and sugar dissolves. Heat over medium heat until hot enough to serve.
  2. Serve!
*I have used both Ghiradelli and Hersheys cocoa, and they are both fabulous!

Candy Cane & Marshmallow Santa Hats
These candy cane and marshmallow 'Santa hats' are dipped in bittersweet chocolate, then rolled in crushed candy canes. Great as a sweet treat, or served with Hot Chocolate!
Recipe type: Desserts
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (16-ounce) bag large marshmallows
  • 1 package small candy canes
  • 1 package crushed peppermint chips
  1. Melt chocolate chips in a small crockpot* (see notes).
  2. Insert candy cane into the center of a marshmallow. Dip the bottom half of the marshmallow into melted chocolate, and place on parchment paper for 30 seconds to 1 minute to let excess chocolate melt off.
  3. Then, roll or dip chocolate marshmallow in crushed peppermint chips. Let cool and serve!
*You can melt the chocolate on the stove, in the microwave, or in a small crockpot. I melted my chocolate (very, VERY slowly) in the microwave first, then poured it into the crockpot. Be SURE when using the microwave method that you melt the chocolate slowly and check it often - every 30 seconds or so!

The World’s Best Hot Chocolate


  1. says

    You say this is the World’s best hot cocoa, and I believe you — it looks like it! Plenty of chocolate and crushed candy canes and a gorgeous marshmallow? This is the stuff that makes eyes light up, and I love the story of you at your grandmother’s house! My favorite hot chocolate memories are with my kids. We started a tradition when they were old enough to make hot chocolate when we trim the tree every Christmas, and I used to make it for them to go drive around and look at lights before they got old on me. haha Pinned!
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    • says

      That is a GREAT story Marcie! I love the idea of having hot chocolate while you’re driving around looking at lights! It sounds so comforting, warm, and memorable. I’ll bet your kids never, ever forget that! You are such a great mom! Thanks for the pin too! 🙂 xoxoxoxo Happy Holidays to one of my favorite internet friends!

    • says

      YES! Me too Shikha! I’m obsessed with it too! Thank you for the tweet. You will love this hot chocolate! Oh, and the marshmallows too! They are super fun to make!

  2. says

    I remember my mother making me hot chocolate, right before going to bed on Christmas Eve. She said if I didn’t go to bed, no presents would be under the tree lol. So I drunk up quick. Thanks for reminding me of that., Great hot chocolate recipe
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    • says

      Hahahaha! I love that story! What a great way to get kids to go to sleep real quick (or at least pretend!). I’ll be it worked every single time. Your mom is a very smart mother! 🙂

  3. says

    Oh Kristi, I don’t think I’ve ever craved for a mug of hot chocolate as much as I do now! This looks absolutely perfect! I love the steam coming off it and those dipped marshmallows look so pretty with the crushed peppermint chips. Love your Christmas traditions too – sounds like the best! Merry merry Christmas to you and your family and hope you all enjoy the holidays!!! 🙂

    • says

      Thank you Kelly! It was so much fun to decorate the mug! Your kids would LOVE to make the marshmallows – so easy and festive! I hope you and your family have a lovely holiday! xoxo

    • says

      Thanks Sara! I absolutely loved the little ‘Santa hats’. I thought they made that mug look so adorable! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas! xoxo

    • says

      Thank you Katie! You’re making me blush! I thought they were so cute too! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Holiday and a safe, Happy New Year! Many blessings!

  4. D Fanyak says

    That was Amazing Kristi. You know, My Mother made that same recipe for hot chocolate for me when I was a girl…hmmm wonder how that happened? I LOVED it too, but of course she didn’t have the same pizzazz that you have, but she would have loved what you’ve done and what you’ve said about such special memories. Great Job, and Have a Very Merry Christmas

    • says

      Thanks Alice! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas too! And best of all – wishing you good health, happiness and the greatest success for 2015! xoxo

  5. Elizabeth @ SugarHero says

    I saw this post in my feed reader, and I immediately had to click over–both the title and photo were too much for me to resist! What a sweet story about enjoying this cocoa with your family, and I know exactly what you mean! I definitely have a few of those food associations of my own. I am a hot chocolate fiend and can’t wait to try this version. Merry Christmas, Kristi!
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    • says

      Thanks Elizabeth! We LOVE this Hot Chocolate! So creamy and rich, and it definitely brings back great memories. I hope you and your family have a happy, healthy and loved filled Christmas! xoxo

  6. says

    Merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy New Year to you and your family, Kristi! This hot chocolate looks so festive and sounds utterly delicious! I grew up in a world where evaporated milk (and condensed milk) made drinks and food a whole lot better. This recipe is genius. Your grandma was a gem, clearly.
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    • says

      Thank you Monica! So sorry I missed this! It went to my spam folder! I love seeing comments from you – so sorry I didn’t respond earlier! Happy New Year! xoxo

    • says

      Hahahaha! That made me LOL this morning June! Thanks for the great laugh! And, I’m so glad you like it, but girl, don’t you faint on me. 🙂 Happy New Year!

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