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The Best Stovetop Hot Chocolate Recipe

Best Stovetop Hot Chocolate

The Best Stovetop Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hi, friends today I am sharing the best stovetop hot chocolate! Nothing beats a cup of delicious Hot Chocolate on a cold, rainy day. I can remember my mom having a steaming cup ready for my brother and me on the coldest of days in Oklahoma. Our cheeks would be apple red and our teeth chattering just a bit from staying out just long enough to get cold but plenty long enough to have fun splashing in mud puddles!

Flash forward to our home in Southern California and the likelihood of a cold and rainy day are very slim. But two days ago we had rain, and not just a little drizzle but a real downpour. I had been thinking about making a big steaming cup of green tea and went to the cupboard to pull out a tea bag. As I glanced inside I saw the jar of cocoa powder and thought, hmm.  I am going to surprise my sunny California born son with a big cup of hot chocolate with a pile of marshmallows stacked on top!

Best Stovetop Hot Chocolate

What Makes The Best Stovetop Hot Chocolate?

Quality Ingredients and Lots of Love!  The moment you smell really good hot chocolate you know you are in for a treat. Each ingredient is a layer that tantalizes your senses. The richness of the cocoa, the subtle hints of vanilla, and the over the top goodness of the rich maple syrup is the wow factor!

I use rich fairtrade organic cocoa powder, whole organic milk,  good vanilla extract, and the best Wisconsin maple syrup I can find. These ingredients along with water, white sugar and a little salt make The Best Stovetop Hot Chocolate Recipe. (The best in the world if you ask my kids!)

The Best Stovetop Hot Chocolate Recipe

Let’s Make Some Hot Chocolate!

Medium Saucepan -3.5- 4qt
Measuring Cups and Spoons
Optional: Ladle to serve hot chocolate


The Best Stovetop Hot Chocolate Recipe

Easy recipe for the best darn stovetop hot chocolate you will ever taste! Grab a mug and some puffy marshmallows and make this treat for you and your family!

  • Author: Pam List
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 2/3 Water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 6 CupsWhole Milk ( use what you have on hand!)
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
  • Marshmallows to garnish.


  1. In a  medium saucepan whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and water. Stirring constantly, bring this chocolate mixture to a boil. Simmer for 1- 2 minutes, monitor carefully, to prevent burning.
  2. Stir in the milk, maple syrup and vanilla and heat until very warm without boiling or simmering.
  3. Serve immediately, taking care that the chocolate will be hot!  Add marshmallows as a garnish.


You can transfer this hot cocoa to a slow cooker to keep warm.

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Best Stovetop Hot Chocolate Variations:

You can top your hot chocolate with milk chocolate chips, whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel, or even add a 1/8 a cup of espresso!

If you love hot chocolate you may also enjoy this healthy Chocolate Smoothie in the morning for breakfast!


The Best Stovetop Hot Chocolate Recipe! This is the world's best hot chocolate recipe! A family favorite perfect for cool weather! #hot chocolate #hotcocoa


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  1. Martha Lahey says:

    I haven’t tried this yet, but today is the ultimate day to delve in! Rain, Rain, Rain for the next few days here in Northern California. I love your ingredients! Maple syrup and vanilla extract- perfect!!

    1. Same here! I am about to make a cup and enjoy my Christmas decor! A long hot bath would be in order but you know, water shortage in Southern Cali!

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