Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe–Only 3 Ingredients!

Skip the store bought variety and make your own homemade hot chocolate with only three ingredients!

Yesterday was our first day of snow here in our neck of the woods. After about 5 minutes of playing in the windy, freezing cold, wet snow, they headed back inside and started their petitions for hot chocolate. (Oh well. It’s the mommy thought that counts, right?)

Serendipitously, I talked to Polly that day and Adelyn (age 1) had her first experience playing in the snow and enjoying homemade hot chocolate, as well.

We both discovered that we were working on a post about how to make homemade hot chocolate for Thriving Home, as a result! So, we’re excited to share our 3 ingredient recipe for delicious, all-natural homemade hot chocolate.

As my kids were badgering me for hot chocolate, I searched the pantry and found some pre-made mix my husband bought ages ago. But, you know me. I had to read the label before serving it to my kids.

Ahhhh! I implore you to not give your kids hot chocolate from the store for two reasons.

1) The bad news first. Check out what was in my generic store brand:

3 Ingredient Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

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 trans fat, artificial flavors, and preservatives.

2) The good news is…you only need 3 simple (and much healthier, recognizable) ingredients to make the best hot chocolate ever–no trans fats, artificial flavors, or preservatives included. You probably have them in your pantry right now.

Skip the store bought variety and make your own homemade hot chocolate with only three ingredients!

Enjoy a hot mug of delicious and healthier hot chocolate. Mugs up and Merry Christmas!

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

homemade popcorn recipe


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)
  • 11 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.

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  1. QueenMercer says

    Our kids love this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    • Polly says

      So easy, isn’t it?!

  2. 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!

  3. Looks tasty & so simple! I can never find cocoa powder at the market though, just cocoa mix, which is very similar. I’ll be sure to make this one soon. We’ve had a cold snap lately so it’s perfect hot choc weather.

  4. Jess says

    Made this last night for small group while we made gingerbread houses. So good and seasonal!

    • Rachel says

      Oh yeah! Glad you enjoyed it!

  5. 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,