December has officially come! And here in Cache Valley, that means cold. Really cold. So here’s a little treat to help warm you up in a delicious way. Homemade Heavenly Hot Chocolate is a simple and tasty alternative to store-bought cocoa mixes. Make a big batch, and sip it all week long!

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Ingredients: *Serves 10-15

  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • Milk, preferably whole or 2%


  1. Cook chocolate and water in small pan over low heat until chocolate has melted, stirring often.
  2. Add sugar and salt, and cook, stirring constantly, until sugar is melted completely and mixture thickens slightly.
  3. Cool completely. (Mixture can be put in refrigerator to cool.)
  4. Whip cream until very stiff. Add vanilla.
  5. Fold cooled chocolate mixture into cream very carefully until combined.
  6. Heat milk until piping hot but not boiling.
  7. Add chocolate mixture to milk…one to three heaping tablespoons per cup of milk…and stir until combined.
  8. Top with mallows if desired.

For more recipes like this, visit Kiwi & Carrot, produced by our food blogger, Sarah Romero.