Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe & Tradition

Every family needs two things during the holidays: a great hot chocolate recipe and family traditions! Our family is a bunch of hot chocolate fiends during the holidays. Whatever event we are at we will find the hot chocolate. Usually, the hot chocolate is low quality thanks to quantity over quality needs, but that is alright! It is usually cold and we are always thankful someone is serving some hot chocolate.

But at home, it is a different story. There is always one of the those Williams-Sonoma hot chocolate mixes around, but sometimes we just have to go overboard and make the creamiest and best hot chocolate we can.

The below hot chocolate recipe is our over-the-top family drink tradition. Incredibly creamy and flavorful, this recipe should make for a solid family tradition in all of our households.

Ingredient List (Serves 4)

  • 1/3 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Boiling Water
  • 3 1/2 Cups Milk
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Half-and-Half Cream
  • Mini Candy Canes (crushed)
  • Whipped Cream
  • Mini Hershey Bars (diced)
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Favorite Christmas Mugs

Cooking Directions

  1. Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan.
  2. Pour in the boiling water.
  3. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Let it simmer while you stir for a couple minutes. Do not let it scorch!
  4. Stir in the milk and cream and heat until very hot. Do not boil!
  5. Remove from heat and add vanilla.


  1. Pour the hot chocolate into each mug.
  2. Add one crushed mini candy cane to each mug.
  3. Throw in numerous mini marshmallows to each mug.
  4. Top it off with an excessive amount of whipped cream to each mug.
  5. Sprinkle diced mini Hershey bars on top of the whipped cream and serve!
  6. Then find us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter and show us how yours turned out!
Hot Chocolate Recipe Mugs
Hot Chocolate Recipe Kids

If you enjoyed this article, check out our awesome Christmas related posts: Surviving Family Holidays, The V&T Polar Express, and our massive Christmas Events Guide. As always, thanks for your support.

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