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Fluffy Hot Chocolate

This is our daughter's favorite hot chocolate recipe. It may look like ordinary cocoa, but a touch of vanilla sets it apart from the rest. And the melted marshmallows give it a frothy body you won't get from a cocoa packet. —Jo Ann Schimcek, Weimar, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 8 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking cocoa
  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a small saucepan, combine the first four ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until marshmallows are melted, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Ladle into mugs.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 249 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 128mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 0 fiber), 9g protein.

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  • HeatherHH
    Mar 11, 2017

    The initial fluffiness on the top of this hot drink was neat. But, the drink really didn't have much taste to it. Even adding 2 tsp of cocoa as some reviews mentioned, it still was rather bland.

  • beakiebean
    Jan 6, 2015

    We upped the chocolate and sugar a bit to make it a little more chocolaty. This is always a hit and so easy to make. The kids love it. I'm a big fan of a little dash of cinnamon in my cup. Definitely our go to hot chocolate recipe.

  • aug2295
    Jan 1, 2015

    Much better than store bought! The melted marshmallows added a lot and it looked pretty since it was so fluffy.

  • AmyE007
    Feb 1, 2014

    This was creamy delicious....I would agree that the melted marshmallows are a hit in this recipe. I would also agree to add more cocoa next time as the chocolate flavor was mild. I did use an off brand cocoa so that may be the reason.*** I just made this again and added two extra teaspoons of cocoa....perfect now. If I continue to use off brand cocoa I will use 6 teaspoons of cocoa. A top shelf cocoa, I will stick to 4 until I know the flavor.

  • MrsOwens
    Jan 28, 2014

    A really good hot chocolate that is a snap to make. I did alter it a tiny bit. I added a about 2tsp more cocoa powder and a pinch of salt to cut the sweetness and enhance the flavors. Everyone was very pleased with it during our arctic blast!

  • Snurple12
    Dec 29, 2013

    This was amazing! Great tasting and I can't bring myself to drink regular store bought coca ever again!

  • BrownieQueen2
    Dec 28, 2013

    I love hot chocolate from scratch. This is a great basic recipe that you can easily commit to memory. I am used to adding a little sugar & cocoa until it tastes right - these measurements make it simpler.

  • SharonWaldrop
    Dec 28, 2013

    My daughter often asks me to make this special beverage for her. Been following this recipe for many years.

  • 33ford
    Oct 27, 2013

    Was very good. I added more cocoa too,1/2 tsp at time. My marshmallows didn't melt. I think to old. I will try again

  • summer888
    Mar 22, 2013

    This was very pleasant! I think next time I will add more cocoa to boost the chocolate flavor.