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Best Hot Chocolate Recipe this Side of the Mississippi

I’ve never met a soul who didn’t like hot chocolate. I mean, they could be out there, but in my head they’re more like unicorns or leprechauns. You know? Like, I’ve heard of them, but seriously doubt they exist. They FOR SURE won’t once they try a taste of my daddy’s recipe. 😉 He’s made it for my family my whole life – sometimes when it doesn’t snow, but always when it does. There’s something about snow and mug of cocoa that just makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside! So I decided to share his special recipe with you. Listen to the perfect Christmas playlist while you make it to lift your holiday spirit!


1 3/4 cup of sugar

3/4 cup of cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s)

3/4 tsp of salt

1 cup of hot water

12 cups of whole milk

3 tsp of real vanilla extract

(optional) mini marshmallows and/or whipped cream!


Mix the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a medium/large saucepan.

Stir in the hot water.

Cook and stir over medium heat until it begins to boil. Continue to stir for 2 minutes.

Stir in milk and heat it back up, but don’t let it boil!

Remove from heat and add your vanilla.

Top with whatever your heart desires!

It’s supposed to snow here this weekend and I have zero doubt I’ll be making this again! And feel free to mix it up a little. You might not like it quite this sweet, or maybe wanna get crazy and add some extra cocoa! Personally, I like to add just a dash more salt than the recipe calls for.

Do you have a favorite family hot chocolate recipe or holiday drink recipe for when the weather cools down? Leave it in the comments below! And If you’re looking for a yummy *super easy* treat to go along with your chocolatey goodness, check out my recipe for saltine toffee crack!



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