Crackling Hot Cocoa

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


2 servings

Updated: Jan. 05, 2022
This hot chocolate recipe is more than a warm-you-up—it's rich and thick decadence in a mug. —Cyndi Nistico, Palm Island, Florida
Crackling Hot Cocoa Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate candy bar, chopped
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • Cinnamon whiskey, optional
  • Heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • Additional cinnamon sticks, optional


  1. In a small saucepan, heat the first five ingredients over medium heat just until mixture comes to a simmer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Discard cinnamon stick; if desired, stir in cinnamon whiskey. Pour into mugs; top with whipped cream. Serve with cinnamon sticks if desired.