A simple 3-ingredient homemade hot chocolate that’s ready in minutes! (And can be made dairy-free.)
Homemade hot chocolate can be ready just as fast as heating your milk and stirring in one of those packets. And best of all, you don’t need the packets, with all their funny extras and that strange aftertaste. You just need cocoa powder and honey. Really, it’s that simple.
Three ingredients, three minutes to make your own hot cocoa anytime. Aww yeah!
And does it get better than a warm mug of hot chocolate on a cold day? Especially a snow day?
We don’t get many snow days here in N.C., and when we do, I’m not always stocked up on the snow day essentials. Which is why I just make my own homemade hot chocolate — don’t have to worry about buying it at the store in advance because I’ve always got these ingredients on hand in the pantry. I’m ready anytime the craving strikes!
This year is the first time I’ve made it for M. I wasn’t quite sure how to serve it to her, honestly. I didn’t think she could wield a coffee mug at 3. So I let it cool WAY down (which was necessary anyway since I knew she’d start gulping instead of doing the slow sip-blow lightly-sip method) and put it in one of her regular sippy cups.
She took those first tentative little sips and her eyes lit up. She was in heaven!
I used soy milk here because M has a milk allergy, but any kind of milk will work. I’ve made it before with skim milk and that’s delicious, too. Whatever you have on hand because this recipe is all about easy.
You can also adjust the honey to your liking if you want a sweeter drink. You could even melt in some dark chocolate if you wanted to kick the whole thing up a notch.
And of course, top it with your hot cocoa favorites: mini marshmallows (definitely M’s favorite!) or whipped cream, even crushed graham crackers or cookies. Go as crazy as you like!
This sure made for a fun mother-daughter afternoon treat on a snow day 🙂
And once you’ve seen how easy and delicious it is to make it yourself, you won’t want to go back to that store-bought stuff.