Fluffy Hot Chocolate Recipe
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Melted marshmallows provide the frothy texture that you'll savor in this sweet and speedy warm beverage. They're also what makes this hot chocolate different from (and better than) the instant kind you make from a store-bought mix. Chocolaty and comforting, it's our daughter's favorite.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 249 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 128mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 0 fiber), 9g protein.


  1. 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. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Fluffy Hot Chocolate in Quick Cooking September/October 1998, p31

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HeatherHH User ID: 1550099 263351
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5375435 217124
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4631582 216539
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

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

AmyE007 User ID: 6828226 202813
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2014 Edited Feb. 5, 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 User ID: 7095603 30517
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6125704 83290
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

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

BrownieQueen2 User ID: 1836231 23371
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6442620 47762
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

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

33ford User ID: 1426995 30516
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4210811 47761
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2013

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

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