Decadent Homemade Hot Chocolate

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Rich, delicious hot chocolate so good you’ll want to make it over and over again. Made using homemade chocolate syrup and my quick and easy whipped cream.

Two hot chocolates in glass mugs with whipped cream and grated chocolate.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • A delicious, rich hot chocolate that’s made with homemade chocolate syrup (can also use cocoa powder and sugar), creamy whole milk, and a decadent whipped cream topping that’s a little sweet and salty.
  • The hot chocolate itself is just milk and chocolate syrup and you can use store-bought or homemade chocolate syrup but the homemade is better! Make a batch of syrup, store it in the refrigerator, and hot chocolate can be made in just a couple of minutes.
  • The whipped cream takes seconds to make using my trick of whisking the ingredients using a handheld milk frother. To garnish, sprinkle on a little grated chocolate or cocoa powder.
  • There’s no coffee in this hot chocolate, but if you add a bit, you’ve got yourself a mocha.

Love hot chocolate? Make my Earl Grey Hot Chocolate that’s incredibly thick and rich or Matcha Hot Chocolate for the matcha obsessed.

Ingredient Notes

Hot chocolate ingredients on a surface.
  • Chocolate syrup
    Homemade or store-bought chocolate syrup can be used but I recommend the homemade version since it’s very easy to make and you have complete control of the ingredients. If you have cocoa powder, you can use that instead of the syrup.
  • Milk
    Whole milk makes the hot chocolate the creamiest but you can use any kind of milk you like.
  • Heavy cream
    The main ingredient to make the whipped cream topping.
  • Sugar
    White, granulated sugar is what sweetens the heavy cream for the whipped cream topping.
  • Sea salt
    I ONLY use this sea salt and it instantly makes everything taste so much better. You’re missing out if you’re using it. The salt adds a nice balance to the sweetness of the drink.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Four photos showing the steps to make hot chocolate.

For full ingredients and instructions, scroll down to the recipe.

  1. Make whipped cream topping.
    Sugar, salt, and heavy cream are whipped together using a handheld milk frother. It takes less than a minute to thicken and get nice and fluffy.
  2. Combine milk and chocolate syrup in a saucepan.
  3. Stir chocolate and milk on low heat.
    Don’t let it come to a boil. Stir occasionally.
  4. Pour hot chocolate into a mug and top with whipped cream.
    Use a spoon to scoop up the whipped cream into the drink. Add grated chocolate as an optional garnish.
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Expert Tips

  • Instead of using chocolate syrup, you can use cocoa powder and sugar. Use good quality cocoa powder since it makes a big difference on how the hot chocolate tastes. For exact ingredient amounts, see the notes section on the full recipe below.
  • Homemade chocolate syrup is a cost-saver but store-bought is a time-saver. Homemade chocolate syrup also tastes better than store-bought since I use high-quality cocoa powder to make my syrup.
  • Garnish with cocoa powder if you don’t have any grated chocolate.
  • Whipped cream can be made as thick or thin (more pourable) as you like. The more you whip, the thicker it’ll get. Move the handheld milk frother up and down so that air get into the cream.
  • Whipped cream topping can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days in an airtight container. Give it a quick stir before adding to the drink to fluff it back up.

Questions You May Have

What’s in a Starbucks hot chocolate?

Starbucks makes theirs with 2% milk, mocha sauce (water, sugar, cocoa processed with alkali, natural flavor), and whipped cream [cream (cream, mono and diglycerides, carageenan), vanilla syrup (sugar, water, natural flavors, potassium sorbate, citric acid)].

Can I heat the chocolate syrup and milk in the microwave?

It’s best to heat the chocolate syrup and milk on the stovetop since it’s easier to control the heat. The recipe was tested in a microwave and it was a bit of a mess with milk overflowing.

Is there caffeine in hot chocolate?

Yes, there is about 20 mg of caffeine in a 12 ounce hot chocolate. In comparison, brewed coffee has about 240 mg in the same size.

Hot chocolate in a glass mug with whipped cream and grated chocolate.

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Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate

Author: Jee Choe
Rich, delicious hot chocolate made using homemade chocolate syrup and my quick and easy whipped cream.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving

INGREDIENTS
 

Hot Chocolate

Whipped Cream Topping

  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated chocolate (optional garnish)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Make whipped cream topping.
    Sugar, salt, and heavy cream are whipped together using a handheld milk frother. It takes less than a minute to thicken and get nice and fluffy.
  • Combine milk and chocolate syrup in a saucepan. Stir chocolate and milk on low heat.
    Don't let it come to a boil. Stir occasionally.
  • Pour hot chocolate into a mug and top with whipped cream.
    Use a spoon to scoop up the whipped cream into the drink. Add grated chocolate as optional garnish.

NOTES

  • Instead of using chocolate syrup, you can use cocoa powder and sugar. Use 1 tablespoon good quality cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar. 
  • Whole milk makes the hot chocolate the creamiest but you can use any kind of milk.
  • Homemade chocolate syrup is a cost-saver but store-bought is a time-saver. Homemade chocolate syrup also tastes better than store-bought since I use high-quality cocoa powder to make my syrup.
  • Garnish with cocoa powder if you don’t have any grated chocolate.
  • Whipped cream can be made as thick or thin (more pourable) as you like. The more you whip, the thicker it’ll get. Move the handheld milk frother up and down so that air get into the cream.
  • Whipped cream topping can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days in an airtight container. Give it a quick stir before adding to the drink to fluff it back up.

NUTRITION

Calories: 687 | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 568mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 1552IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 333mg | Iron: 2mg
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