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Favorite Hot Chocolate

You need just a few basic ingredients to stir up this spirit-warming sipper. It's smooth and not too sweet, making it just right for cozy winter days. —Flo Snodderly, North Vernon, IN
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 6-1/2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Optional: Sweetened whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate syrup and Pirouette cookies


  • Place milk and cocoa in a large saucepan; cook and stir over medium heat until blended. Gradually stir in water; heat through, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. If desired, top with whipped cream.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 177 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Clare
    Dec 5, 2020

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  • montnan
    Jul 17, 2020

    I am SO tired of ratings made by folks who have altered the recipe and then rate it low! It's not fair to the recipe, and it's not helpful to the rest of us. For example: substituting almond milk for water is OF COURSE going to make the cocoa much sweeter and give it a different taste. When I looked up nutrition of almond milk, it has 15 gm (3&2/3 tsp)of sugar/cup, so 6&1/2 Cups of almond milk has about 1/2 CUP of sugar! No wonder it's sweet - that's 4 tsp per serving! Make it according to the recipe first, then if you want to make some changes, it will mean something to the rest of us. If it weren't a 90º hot summer day, I'd make some right now. As it is, I'll save the recipe to try when it's cooler. Thanks.

  • Mommyofdisco
    Nov 15, 2015

    I did not care for this, I just tried it tonight and will try a different recipe in the future. I used almond milk instead of water. This was very sweet I could taste vanilla with the bitter cocoa aftertaste.

  • Amy the Midwife
    Nov 24, 2012

    Very good, but I did make some changes. I used 6 c. of 1% milk and 1/2 c. half and half (since that's what I had on hand) and I used almond flavoring instead of vanilla. I swirled whipped cream on top and sprinkled it with cinnamon. Everyone loved it.I disagree that it wasn't sweet enough. I actually thought it was a bit too sweet, but a little more milk could have fixed it.

  • mzivich
    Jan 14, 2012

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  • kacatj
    Dec 18, 2011

    The phone was ringing all day long I need I need that recipe loved it. At a school party for Christmas.

  • kengrants
    Oct 5, 2011

    Good chocolate taste... not sweet enough at all. Very bland. It should not be called "creamy" either because it's not creamy at all.... maybe make it with milk instead of water and add a little sugar... I won't be making this again.

  • LatelyLisa
    Nov 11, 2010

    This is the hot chocolate recipe we took with us when we stayed at a log cabin in the mountains last winter!! Delicious and great memories too!!

  • beksand
    Jan 26, 2009

    This is my husbands new favorite hot chocolate. Thanks!

  • ghogan
    Jan 5, 2009

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