3-Ingredient Homemade Hot Chocolate

By Rachel Tiemeyer

Did you know you can make homemade hot chocolate with only THREE ingredients? Skip the generic brand (made with highly processed, sugary ingredients) and make your own hot chocolate at home! Tip: Use Ghirardelli cocoa to make it extra delicious!

Ghirardelli Homemade hot chocolate in a white mug

Parents. You know how it goes.

Snow falls from the sky. Kids pillage the home for their snow gear that has been scattered about. You spend 30 minutes helping them get suited up appropriately. Kids play outside in the snow for 5.2 minutes. Kids return to the house and wet snow gear gets piled by the door. The clamoring for hot chocolate begins.

ghirardelli girl blowing on hot chocolate

However, what’s a parent to do if the pre-packaged hot chocolate is running low?

Fear not. We have an easy solution. You can make hot chocolate mix SO EASILY at home.

So, we’re excited to share our 3 ingredient recipe for delicious, all-natural homemade hot chocolate.

ghirardelli hot chocolate with marshmallows

Why Make Hot Chocolate Mix from Scratch?

Ingredients matter. As you will find in most of our recipes, we primarily use whole foods, real ingredients. Ingredients you can pronounce. Ingredients your great grandma would recognize.

This is why when I looked at the ingredients in a generic hot chocolate mix, I was shocked.

Ingredients in generic hot chocolate

What IS all that junk? Well, I can tell you, this is NOT real food. Not only is this mix full of highly processed, sugary ingredients, but it also contains corn syrup, artificial flavors, and preservatives.

Whenever possible, we try to make things from scratch. You’d be suprised at how easy it is to make your own things like pizza sauce, croutons, BBQ sauce, and even breadcrumbs.

Even better news is you can make homemade hot chocolate with only THREE ingredients!

No trans fats, artificial flavors, or preservatives included. You probably have them in your pantry right now.

closeup of homemade hot chocolate mix

What’s in Homemade Hot Chocolate?

You likely have the ingredients to make hot chocolate RIGHT now. All you need is:

  • Cocoa powder (I recommend Ghirardelli brand)
  • Sugar
  • Milk

How to Make a Batch of Hot Chocolate Mix

While our recipe below is to make just one cup of hot chocolate, you can easily scale the recipe up and have a batch of the mix on hand. The cocoa powder/sugar ration is 1:1 so I simply put 1/2 sugar and 1/2 cup cocoa powder into a mason jar and give it a good shake. Now you can have hot chocolate mix ready to roll whenever the first snow flake flies.

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Why Use Ghirardelli Cocoa?

We like Ghirardelli because it’s one of the best powdered cocoas you can get. It rivals speciality high end products but is much cheaper. It’s flavor is deep, rich, and velvety.

This hot chocolate recipe will totally work with any type of 100% cocoa powder but we personally love Ghirardelli. You can even buy it on Amazon! Just be sure to get the 100% unsweetened cocoa, not the hot chocolate mix.


3-Ingredient Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American


Avoid all the junk in store-bought hot chocolate mix by using just 3 simple ingredients to make your own. This recipe makes the best hot chocolate ever!


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons 100% cocoa powder (I recommend Ghirardelli brand)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unrefined, raw sugar
  • 1 cup organic whole milk


  1. Pour all three ingredients into a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat.
  2. Stir constantly until the ingredients are fully combined and the milk is hot.
  3. Serve immediately.


You can pull back on the sugar if you want. 

hands holding ghirardelli hot chocolate

Tasty Tip: The Best Ever Homemade Popcorn is our favorite snack to enjoy with this hot chocolate. Have you tried it yet?

homemade popcorn with coconut oil

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7 replies
  1. Leslie says:

    I love hot chocolate! I’ll be having some when it gets out of the 80’s here. It does get down to 50’s at night which is great! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Holli says:

    Mmmm. This is just want I needed to find today as I do think I have all these things in the pantry. This will go great with our cookies and Christmas movie tonight! Thank you.

    Would love for you to share this with my Season’s Best {Winter Bucket List} Monthly Link-Up. Homemade hot cocoa…what a great item for anyone’s list!


    Thanks for sharing. Always enjoy your blog and ideas!

    Merry Christmas,