Landmark Hot Chocolate Recipe
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Landmark Hot Chocolate Recipe

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With or without a nip of rum, my hot chocolate recipe has been a Wisconsin winter warmer for years. When the toboggan hills are calling, I skip the whipped cream and take a thermos to go. It’s always a hit and it ensures nobody is left out in the cold! —Mark Phillips, Bayfield, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:1 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 1 servings


  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate candy bar, chopped
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • Vanilla rum, optional
  • Heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • Additional cinnamon stick, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 680 calories, 51g fat (32g saturated fat), 130mg cholesterol, 64mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (46g sugars, 5g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. Heat the first five ingredients over medium heat in a small saucepan just until mixture comes to a simmer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir until smooth. Remove cinnamon stick; add rum if desired. Pour into a mug; top with whipped cream. Garnish with cinnamon stick if desired. Yield: 1 serving.
Originally published as Landmark Hot Chocolate in Simple & Delicious February/March 2013, p58

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mariegel User ID: 4855702 238791
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

"I am a die-hard chocolate lover and this hot chocolate is very, very chocolaty! I used Special Dark chocolate and used a little less sugar than the recipe stated. I omitted the rum, however, and it turned out delicious!"

mystique054 User ID: 1045242 195053
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"This recipe is for hard core chocolate lovers! I used Baker's brand semi sweet baking chocolate squares, and followed the recipe exactly. It turned out so thick, rich, and creamy, it's almost sinful... My new favorite hot chocolate recipe, for sure!"

bagrommet User ID: 2041543 150210
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

"OMG this is SO good - used 1/2 & 1/2 since I didn't have any heavy cream and a 1.3 oz bar of Hershey Special Dark. I also added just a pinch of salt to pop the chocolate (no rum!). It was so rich and thick I can't image what it would be like made with heavy cream. This is going to be my new special treat."

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