Ditch the hot cocoa packets from the grocery store. They’re filled with processed ingredients. Learn how to make a Homemade Hot Chocolate – made with real food ingredients.
Why Not to Buy Store-Bought Hot Chocolate
Kids love to drink hot cocoa, but have you ever checked out the ingredients on a packet of store-bought, pre-packaged hot chocolate? It’s full of artificial ingredients, sugar substitute and other harmful chemicals.
Here’s the ingredient list for a packet of Nestle hot chocolate:
organic sugar, corn syrup solids, dairy product solids (from milk) cocoa processed with alkali, vegetable oil (partially hydrogenated coconut or palm kernel and hydrogenated soybean), and less than 2% of sodium caseinate, cellulose gum, salt, sodium citrate, guar gum, artificial flavor, mono- and diglycerides, sucralose.
Plus, why drink a chemically-laden hot chocolate when you can make your own with just FOUR INGREDIENTS. Really.
How to Make This Homemade Hot Chocolate – Step by Step
1. In a small saucepan, heat all ingredients except collagen for hot chocolate over medium heat. Whisk gently as milk warms up. Once heated, turn off the stove and add the collagen. Set hot chocolate aside.
2. Open can of coconut cream. Drain coconut water. Transfer coconut cream to a large bowl and add vanilla extract and honey. Use a hand mixer to whip coconut cream to desired consistency.
3. Serve in mugs and top with coconut whipped cream. You’ll likely have some left over. You can double the hot chocolate recipe to make more and use the leftover coconut cream.
4. OPTIONAL: Drizzle with homemade chocolate syrup or melt chocolate chips in a double boiler and drizzle on the whipped cream.
Homemade Hot Chocolate is So Easy to Make
Hot cocoa is SO easy to make yourself. And, you can add grass-fed gelatin collagen hydrolysate to get a boost of protein, amino acids and other nutrients. There’s no taste, so the kids won’t even know it’s in the hot cocoa. Unlike regular gelatin, this version does not congeal and mixes well in drinks.
I even have an optional recipe for a coconut whipped cream you can add to make it even more delicious.
And this recipe is for 3 servings but if you like to serve it in big mugs like me – it might be closer to 2 big servings.
A Delicious Homemade Hot Chocolate
The flavors in this homemade hot chocolate are so much more robust and deeper than the pre-packaged hot chocolate powders you. The creaminess and sweetness are perfectly balanced! Making this yourself will make you never want to buy store bought again.
You can get creative with twists on this homemade hot chocolate here are some ideas:
- Peanut butter hot chocolate: Swirl in 1 tablespoon peanut butter per cup. (Almond butter works, too, but I didn’t love it.)
- Mexican hot chocolate: Stir a pinch of ground cinnamon into your cup. Cinnamon stick garnish optional.
- Peppermint hot chocolate: Add a drop (really, just one drop) of peppermint essence into your cup.
- Spike it: A splash of bourbon or spiced rum would be quite nice.
Top Tips for This Homemade Hot Chocolate
- This is a total kid-friendly recipe.
- You can add grass-fed gelatin collagen hydrolysate to get a boost of protein, amino acids and other nutrients.
- Drizzle with homemade chocolate syrup or melt chocolate chips in a double boiler and drizzle on the whipped cream.
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Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe
- 2 cups raw or organic whole milk
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp organic cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp grass-fed gelatin collagen hydrolysate optional
Coconut Whipped Cream
- 12 oz. organic coconut cream (from a can) refrigerated overnight
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 tsp raw honey
- 1 tbsp chocolate chips
- In a small saucepan, heat all ingredients except collagen for hot chocolate over medium heat. Whisk gently as milk warms up. Once heated, turn off the stove and add the collagen. Set hot chocolate aside.
- Open can of coconut cream. Drain coconut water. Transfer coconut cream to a large bowl and add vanilla extract and honey. Use a hand mixer to whip coconut cream to desired consistency.
- Serve in mugs and top with coconut whipped cream. You'll likely have some left over. You can double the hot chocolate recipe to make more and use the leftover coconut cream.
- OPTIONAL: Drizzle with homemade chocolate syrup or melt chocolate chips in a double boiler and drizzle on the whipped cream.
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This recipe looks so good! I’ve had a hard time finding a corn-free version of hot chocolate that is easy to make, and I think that this recipe will work well for me! Thank you!
Ooh I love the idea of adding gelatin into this, definitely trying it!
I have Great Lakes gelatin, but not collagen – would that work or no?
The gelatin will congeal so it won’t work. You can use it to make great gummy snacks like this one: https://dontmesswithmama.com/2013/09/25/lego-gummy-gelatin-fruit-snack/
Ooooh, thank you for the idea! I recently made a hot cocoa mix for my daughter and put it in a quart jar….now I’ll be sure to add a few tablespoons of the hydrolysate! I’m always trying to sneak it in to everything. 😉