‘Tis the Season for Homemade Hot Chocolate

Hello, friends!

I’m definitely in the Christmas spirit today! It’s finally getting cooler in L.A (Yes, 70 degrees is cool in L.A), which gives me the chance to enjoy a nice, hot cup of chocolate. It’s also the perfect opportunity to use these gorgeous gold-plated mugs from Anthropologie! I love collecting mugs like these, which really add a pretty touch to any table setting. Also, how cute are these Christmas tree and snowflake-shaped marshmallows? ( you can get them here!) They’re so festive and decadent – just what you need for the joyous season. And for some extra holiday cheer, I crushed a couple candy canes and sprinkled the pieces over my hot chocolate.

I find that’s there’s nothing is more satisfying than making a warm cup of chocolate at home. Take my lead and follow this simple recipe that’s bound to make anyone a whole lot merrier!


(Serves one)

2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1-2 tbsp. sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)

A pinch of salt

1 cup of milk (can be half-half, whole, or non-dairy)

¼ tsp. vanilla


Combine the cocoa, sugar, salt, and 2 tablespoons of milk in a small pan and turn the heat to medium low. Whisk until all the ingredients have dissolved. Pour in the rest of the milk and turn up the heat to medium, stirring until hot. Add the vanilla, pour into a mug, and there you have it: yummy, hot, chocolaty goodness.


  • If you prefer it frothy, transfer the mixture to a blender before serving.
  • When making more portions, remember to add ¼ tsp. of salt for every quart of milk used.

Photo By: Steve Steinhardt

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