Favorite 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
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
  • Sweetened whipped cream, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 177 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, mix milk and cocoa; cook and stir over medium heat until blended. Gradually stir in water; heat through, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. If desired, top with whipped cream. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Creamy Hot Chocolate in Quick Cooking November/December 2001, p54

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Mommyofdisco User ID: 8609831 237440
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."

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 204569
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."

kacatj User ID: 6410803 98762
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."

kengrants User ID: 4608201 32535
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."

LatelyLisa User ID: 5581400 98758
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!!"

beksand User ID: 2556544 82019
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2009

"This is my husbands new favorite hot chocolate. Thanks!"

jenny73 User ID: 1172134 204568
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2008

"This is the best hot chocolate I've tasted. My kids always request it after they have been playing in the snow."

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