Craving something warm and comforting?  This easy Hot Cocoa recipe won’t disappoint!  So much rich, chocolate flavor and it whips up in less than 2 minutes flat!  Made from scratch, in the microwave, with basic ingredients you probably already have on hand.  

Best tasting hot cocoa ever, and so simple to make! I did this in my microwave- took just over a minute, and I had all the ingredients already on hand.

I can’t seem to get enough hot cocoa at this time of year.  It’s my go-to afternoon drink.  It warms my hands and feels like such a treat.

Years ago, when I worked in an office as an architect, I used to keep packets in my desk drawer.  It was a nice break in my day, but honestly?  The flavor was pretty blech.  Watery, sugar-y, and really, zero chocolate flavor.

After my kiddos were born and I was home in the afternoons, I realized how easy it really is to make it homemade, from scratch, and how much more incredibly creamy, rich, and chocolate-y it can taste!

Best tasting hot cocoa ever, and so simple to make! I did this in my microwave- took just over a minute, and I had all the ingredients already on hand.

All in less than two minutes!  I do this in my microwave and it’s so easy.  A little cocoa powder, sweeten to taste, milk, pop it in, warm it up, stir in vanilla extract… boom!

Best tasting hot cocoa ever, and so simple to make! I did this in my microwave- took just over a minute, and I had all the ingredients already on hand.

I topped it off with a handful of marshmallows because duh, but there are ALL kinds of ways this can be jazzed up.  Sometimes I add almond extract, or peppermint extract, whipped cream, a dusting of cinnamon, heck I’ll even spike it with Bailey’s or Frangelico!  You just can’t go wrong.

Best tasting hot cocoa ever, and so simple to make! I did this in my microwave- took just over a minute, and I had all the ingredients already on hand.

Stop with the packets.  If you really want to taste chocolate, THIS is your jam!

*This is my “everyday” hot cocoa, but if you’re wanting something a little more fancy, check out my European-Style Hot Chocolate here 😉

Easy Hot Cocoa from Scratch
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
3 mins
 

Craving something warm and comforting? This easy Hot Cocoa recipe won't disappoint! So much rich, chocolate flavor and it whips up in less than 2 minutes flat! Made from scratch, in the microwave, with basic ingredients you probably already have on hand.


Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocoa, Easy, from scratch, hot cocoa, how to make
Servings: 1 large serving
Calories: 244 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place the cocoa powder and sugar in the bottom of a microwave-safe mug, and stir together.  
  2. Pour the milk over, and microwave until hot (on my microwave this takes about 90 seconds).  
  3. Stir together until all the lumps have dissolved.  
  4. Stir in the vanilla, and enjoy!

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Easy Hot Cocoa from Scratch
Amount Per Serving
Calories 244 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 132mg6%
Potassium 516mg15%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 495IU10%
Calcium 345mg35%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Best tasting hot cocoa ever, and so simple to make! I did this in my microwave- took just over a minute, and I had all the ingredients already on hand.