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Hot chocolate in a mug with a dollop of whipped cream on top with cocoa dust

Homemade Hot Chocolate

  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Drinks
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1/2 cup half and half*
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 oz semisweet chocolate (finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (dutch processed, plus more for topping)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • whipped cream (for serving)


  1. In a medium saucepan, warm half and half with water on medium-high heat until simmering. Add cocoa powder and whisk until no clumps are visible, 1 minute. Add chopped chocolate and sugar, then whisk until chocolate is melted and hot cocoa is thickened, 3 minutes.
  2. Divide into mugs and serve with whipped cream and a dust of cocoa powder.


Half and Half – can I sub half and half with milk? I prefer the taste of half and half and always have the lactose-free kind around, so that’s what I used but definitely feel free to sub that and the water with whole milk instead!

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