This 2 Ingredient Hot Chocolate was my sweet reward after a highly successful day of Black Friday shopping. The big-ticket item for which I battled epic lines at Target?
Seven years ago, I moved into my very first single-lady apartment. I braved household tasks—like calling the maintenance staff to declog my drain—solo, slept sideways on the bed just because I could, and always got to choose whether the house would be pouring red or white (and from a bottle or a box). At Christmas, I bought myself a little artificial tree, complete with a red sequined tree skirt and the girliest, glitziest ornaments I could find.
Even after our wedding, I continued to insist that we put up my girly little tree. Although it fit snugly in Ben and my 500 square-foot newlywed apartment, after we moved into a house, it looked rather sad in our average-sized American living room. Further, seven years of hauling back and forth between cities and states had caused most of its poor green needles to rub away and a few branches to come loose. I loved my baby tree, but the time had come for a replacement.
Thanks to a Black Friday deal, we now have a more appropriately sized (albeit artificial) Christmas tree. I haven’t sprung for new ornaments yet, but for now I’m happy to observe my girly, glittery ornaments spread out over a larger surface area, with a cup of two-ingredient hot chocolate in my hand.
I’m not sure what it is about having a Christmas tree set up in the house that makes me crave hot chocolate non-stop, but my yearning seems to be directly connected to the tree’s extension cord. I plug in the lights and my fingers start twitching to be wrapped around a steaming cup of rich hot chocolate.
For years, I was tied to the instant hot chocolate packets because they are convenient, but I’ve never been totally comfortable with their ingredients or their lack luster flavor. Now that I’ve discovered how to make heavenly homemade hot chocolate with only TWO ingredients, I’ll never go back to store bought mixes again. This homemade hot chocolate recipe is just as quick and easy as a mix, but it tastes far, far more wonderful, and I love that I know exactly what is in it too. (I also love this Healthy Hot Chocolate.)
Are you ready for this homemade hot chocolate hack? All you need is milk (any kind) and chocolate chips. That’s it! Melt them together on the stove, and in a few short minutes, you have a homemade hot chocolate that puts the packets to shame.
Why I Love Making Homemade Hot Chocolate from Scratch
- It’s more affordable than store bought mixes.
- I can control the ingredients (read: add more chocolate).
- No corn syrup or other artificial stuff added.
- I can make as large or as small a batch as I please (the recipe below makes one perfect cup, but feel free to multiply as needed).
- The hot chocolate customization possibilities are endless.
Homemade Hot Chocolate Additions
- Kosher Salt: Adding a tiny pinch salt to homemade hot chocolate helps balance the flavor and keeps it from being overly sweet. Try it and see if you agree.
- Pure Vanilla Extract: Make sure you use the real deal! Because this homemade hot chocolate has so few ingredients, you can truly taste every one, so quality is important. This brand is super high quality, but this bargain buy is pretty darn good too.
- Espresso Powder: Coffee has a magical way of intensifying chocolate flavor. If you are a chocoholic, you’ll love the extra oomph the espresso powder provides. As long as you only add a little, the coffee flavor is imperceptible, but you’ll taste the chocolate more.
- Peppermint Extract: Your homemade peppermint hot chocolate will put Starbucks’ to shame. Be careful with this one; a few drops goes a long way.
- Cinnamon: For an even spicier twist, add a pinch of cayenne along with it to make Mexican hot chocolate.
- Peanut Butter, White Chocolate, or other flavored baking chips: Try swapping half of the chocolate chips in the recipe for another chip flavor for a tasty twist.
- Booze: A girl needs to stay warm in the winter! Favorites: peppermint schnapps; dark rum; Irish whiskey.
- For the true deep, dark chocolate lovers: Don’t miss my French Hot Chocolate. It tastes just like the hot chocolate served in Paris cafes!
Finally, the toppings: I’m usually a whipped cream girl or enjoy my hot chocolate plain, but a giant pile of mini marshmallows and drizzle of hot fudge or caramel is a sweet treat every now and then.
Tools Used to Make This Recipe
- Small whisk. SO HANDY. I use this 99.9% more often than my larger whisk.
- Super sturdy metal measuring cups.
Tonight, set the packet aside, put on your fuzzy slippers, and curl up with a steaming mug of this easy homemade hot chocolate. Holiday lights and sequined tree skirts are optional but encouraged.
2 Ingredient Homemade Hot Chocolate
For the Hot Chocolate:
- 1 cup milk any kind you like (I usually use skim, but 2% or whole will give the hot chocolate more body; almond milk, soy milk, or non-dairy milks can be used well)
- 3 generous tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate (I like a 65% or greater dark chocolate)
Ideas to Customize:
- Pinch kosher salt highly recommended for all flavor combinations
- Extracts: 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or 1-2 drops pure peppermint extract
- Pinch espresso powder will enhance the chocolate flavor
- Whiskey, dark rum, or peppermint schnapps
- For topping: Whipped cream, marshmallows, caramel, or hot fudge
- In a small saucepan, heat the milk over medium high heat until steaming and small bubbles form around the edge (do not let the milk boil!). Add the chocolate chips and let melt, stirring occasionally, then whisk until smooth.
- Whisk in any desired mix-ins. Serve hot with desired toppings.
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