Hot chocolate

My roommate once told me that “[I] make the best hot chocolate [he's] ever tasted.” This was a little surprising to me, because my hot chocolate recipe is not sophisticated, but I guess it does taste pretty good. 😊

Today I will share my secrets with the world.

Homemade hot chocolate



  1. Mix the sugar, cocoa, and vanilla in a microwave-safe liquid measuring cup. Add a small amount of hot water and stir until the mixture is fully combined.
  2. Add milk while stirring until you have about one serving of hot chocolate, about 10-12oz. Taste.
  3. Adjust any ingredients to taste (more sugar, more cocoa, etc.) and add salt.
  4. Microwave for about 1 minute on high. Stir and taste for a temperature check.
  5. Microwave for about 30 more seconds or until sufficiently hot.
  6. Pour into a mug or thermos for serving.
  7. Enjoy!


Spicy hot chocolate: substitute ¼ tsp cinnamon for the vanilla. Add a dash of cayenne.

Peppermint hot chocolate: substitute a splash of mint extract for the vanilla.

Non-dairy hot chocolate: use your favourite non-dairy milk substitute in place of milk. If it's vanilla-flavoured, leave out the vanilla. If it's sweetened, you may need to reduce the amount of sugar added.