Creamy Hot Chocolate Recipe
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Creamy Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Flo Snodderly of North Vernon, Indiana needs just a few basic ingredients to stir up her spirit-warming sipper. The comforting beverage is smooth and not too sweet, making it just right for cozy winter days.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Miniature marshmallows, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 176 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 100 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the cocoa, milk and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat. Gradually add water; cook and stir until heated through. Stir in vanilla. Top each serving with marshmallows if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Creamy Hot Chocolate in Quick Cooking November/December 2001, p54

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Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

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

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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!!"

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