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Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe With Chocolate Chips
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make sure it is full of cream if possible.

There are few things better than an authentic homemade hot chocolate recipe with chocolate chips. Our recipe is quick, easy, rich, and creamy!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Can you use half and half to make hot chocolate?, homemade hot chocolate recipe with chocolate chips, How do you make easy homemade hot chocolate?, How do you melt chocolate chips in boiling water?, How do you melt chocolate chips in milk?
Servings: 4 people
Author: Cakedecorist


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Medium saucepan
  • Heat-proof glasses or mugs
  • Pouring jug, optional



  • Heat the milk and cream
    In a medium saucepan, combine the milk and heavy cream. Give them a whisk to ensure they are mixed well. Then, heat them over low-medium heat. Once the mixture starts steaming, remove the saucepan.
    3 cups full-cream milk, 1 cup heavy cream
  • Whisk in the chocolate chips
    Then, off of the heat, add the chocolate chips to the dairy base. Whisk gently until all of the chocolate has been melted. You should have a completely smooth and creamy hot chocolate mixture.
    1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Add the flavoring ingredients
    Finally, add the sugar to your liking along with the vanilla extract. Again, give the mixture a whisk to properly mix the ingredients.
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 teaspoons granulated white sugar, optional
  • Assemble your beverage
    Once your mixture has been made, carefully pour it into your heat-proof mugs. Finally, top each with some whipped cream and dust them with cocoa powder.
    Whipped cream, for garnish, Cocoa powder, for garnish


The key to this hot chocolate recipe with chocolate chips is to not overheat the milk. In doing so, you are changing the flavor of the milk. If you heat it too much, it will quickly take on a burnt flavor, which doesn't pair that well with the chocolate. So, always work over low and slow heat.
No matter which dairy product you choose, make sure it is full cream if possible. This will give you a much creamier mouthfeel that is key to a good hot chocolate. Otherwise, it is simply going to taste watered-down.
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