Homemade Hot Chocolate – Healthy and Inexpensive

We love hot chocolate, especially during the cold winter months. I have to admit, we “used” to buy instant mixes: Starbucks, Tim Horton’s, Ghirardelli, Carnation, etc. I learned to read nutrition labels on every canned or packaged mix that we buy.  I’m shocked to read words that I can’t even pronounce.

Would you prefer to drink this?

Ingredients: Sugar, Corn Syrup Solids, Vegetable Oil (Partially Hydrogenated Coconut Or Palm Kernel And Hydrogenated Soybean), Dairy Product Solids (From Milk), Cocoa Processed With Alkali, And Less Than 2% Of Salt, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Caseinate, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Aluminosilicate, Mono- And Diglycerides, Guar Gum, Artificial Flavors, Sucralose

Or this?

Ingredients: Dutch processed cocoa powder, icing sugar, cinnamon, pure vanilla extract, milk

Homemade hot chocolate is inexpensive and much healthier for you. Did you know that cocoa powder has 2 grams of fibre per tablespoon? Indeed, another reason to treat yourself to a mug!

The recipe is so easy that yes, even H can make it!  And, the mix would make a great Christmas or hostess gift as well!

Kitchen notes:

  • Dutch processed cocoa powder is just natural cocoa powder that has been alkalized to remove its acidity
  • Icing sugar dissolves faster than granulated sugar, and you can adjust the sweetness accordingly
  • Good quality cocoa powder and pure vanilla extract is essential
  • Real whipped cream adds a nice touch.  While I don’t like whipped cream in aerosol cans (again, too many chemicals and some taste really awful), here is a good one we found at Costco.  It’s only available from October to December/January


Homemade Hot Chocolate

Makes 1 large mug


In a large mug, add the following:

  • 1 heaping tbsp cocoa powder (Dutch processed preferred)
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • ¼ – ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Small pinch of cinnamon
  • Milk – your choice (skim, 1%, soy, almond …)
  1. Add first 4 ingredients to a large mug
  2. Heat milk in a small saucepan over moderate heat.  Be careful not to scorch the milk or it will boil over
  3. Add a small amount of hot milk to the mug and stir with a mini whisk until smooth
  4. Add remaining hot milk and whisk to combine
  5. Top off with whipped cream and enjoy!

Kitchen note:

  • For chocolate lovers like H, add a few sprinkles of dark chocolate chips to step #1

3 thoughts on “Homemade Hot Chocolate – Healthy and Inexpensive

  1. Joan says:

    I just tried this with my kids and they loved it! We added chocolate chips to ours. It really is comforting and I feel much better serving them this. Oh, it is very economical too. Thanks a bunch for posting this. I’ll have to check Costco for that whipped cream. What section did you find it in?


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