My Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

A red and white mug of hot chocolate topped with mini marshmallows

Can you believe Christmas is the day after tomorrow? It still hasn’t sunk in yet for me. I’m trying to soak up every ounce of holiday spirit this year. We’ve been enjoying binging Christmas movies (last weekend we watched all three Home Alone movies) and I’ve been doing lots of Christmas crafting (check out my holiday decor tour here). One of my favorite traditions is actually the day after Christmas. I like to make homemade hot chocolate and watch old movies with my mom. Today, I’m sharing my hot chocolate recipe, which I perfected after a lot of tweaking. It’s more chocolatey and less sweet than most store-bought hot chocolate, and I love it.

This hot chocolate recipe is great if you want to spike it, too. Since it’s less sweet than powdered mixes, it can carry some added sweetness from different liqueurs. I’ve tried a lot of different combinations over the years, but my favorite ways to spike this hot chocolate are Irish cream and crème de menthe. My mom really likes raspberry liqueur in hot chocolate, which is good, but I don’t like it as much as the other two. One thing that is NOT good: red wine. I saw it in an article a few years ago and tried it. It was disgusting.

The other part of the tradition is the old movies. There are so many good ones, but here are some of my favorites:

  • Charade (this is one of my all-time favorite movies)
  • His Girl Friday
  • To Catch a Thief
  • Roman Holiday
  • Some Like it Hot
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • Casablanca (maybe an obvious choice but I still love it)

Do you have any day-after-Christmas traditions? If you try out this homemade hot chocolate recipe, please let us know what you think, either in the comments below or on social media. Happy holidays!

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Cook Time5 mins
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Keyword: hot chocolate
Servings: 1
Author: Erica


  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup milk


  • Combine the sugar, cocoa powder, and water in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until the solids are dissolved and the water is just starting to boil.
  • Add the milk 1/4 of a cup at a time, allowing the chocolate mixture to dissolve and come to a near boil in between each addition.
  • Serve with marshmallows, whipped cream, spiked, or plain! The choice is yours!

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