Old Fashioned Stovetop Hot Chocolate


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I’ll never forget the first time I had homemade, real, hot chocolate, made on the stove and not with a mix. Although we made our own mix from scratch (and it was delicious) there was just something about that extra chocolaty decadence of classic hot chocolate, with that little extra bit of cocoa lingering for the last sip that had me hooked.

A while back the folks from Domino sugar contacted me to ask if I’d like to feature Domino sugar on Southern Plate, they asked if I’d use one of their recipes on their handy dandy recipe site as well. I had planned on bringing y’all homemade hot cocoa for a while now but I usually make it without a recipe and had yet to take the time to measure everything out. Lo and behold, Domino did that for me so why mess with perfection? After you make this a time or two with their recipe, you’ll likely settle into just eyeballing it like I do. Either way you go, though, you just can’t beat a cup of homemade hot chocolate!

Special thanks to Domino for sending me a gift card to gather up all of the supplies I’d need for this post, including some Domino sugar in their new little canister! Be sure to check out their recipe website for plenty of yummy holiday recipes, including mixes and printable tags!

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We’re gonna need: Cocoa powder, whole milk, and sugar.

Vanilla and marshmallows are optional but don’t try telling that to my kids!

The little canister of Domino sugar sure is handy. I like it when food companies get innovative with their designs.

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Oh! Family, meet Kayleigh. Kayleigh, meet my Southern Plate Family.

Kayleigh is our friend and a brilliant babysitter if you are ever trying to write a book for Harper Collins and find yourself under a deadline at Christmas time, while taking care of two kids, a blog, assorted newspaper columns, and have a house to look after.

Not that I know anyone like that but I’m jes’ sayin’….

If I ever did, Kayleigh would be my best friend.

Here is my best friend pouring sugar into a sauce pot :)

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Add your cocoa powder.

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Pour in 1/2 C milk.

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Stirry, stirry! It will look kinda like a paste.

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Stirring constantly, bring it to a boil.

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Remove from heat and pour in remaining milk.

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Stir that up well and return back to stove eye set to medium.

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Pour in a little vanilla if you’d like.

Continue stirring over medium heat until heated through.

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Once it is heated through, pour into cups.

Add marshmallows if desired…

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As for my kids, Marshmallows are very much desired!

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Brady is a big fan of his Star Wars mug.

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Kayleigh liked my Pyrex flamingo pink ones. :)


Old Fashioned Stovetop Hot Chocolate

Old Fashioned Stovetop Hot Chocolate
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4+1/2 cups Whole Milk
  • ½ teaspoon – vanilla (optional)
  1. In medium saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa and ½ C milk.
  2. Stir constantly over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
  3. Add milk and heat; do not boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla if desired.
  4. Serve hot, with marshmallows. Makes six servings.

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  1. Jane Buchman says

    My Mom made “cocoa and toast” every morning for us before school. We loved dipping the toast in the sweet chocolately cocoa. If we were really lucky, she’d go a little heavy on the sugar! Oh my, great memories.

  2. says

    Gee, I’d like to see Captain Kangaroo again. And Mr. Green Jeans.

    Checked the “original” recipe. My mother used canned milk instead of heavy cream. (And I’m sure she never measured the proportion.) Still love the flavor you get when you add canned milk to hot coca.

  3. Loretta says

    Use the same ingredients but heat the milk by itself (until almost boiling), pop everything into a blender for a few seconds. Makes a nice creamy consistency which I top with whipped cream. Mmmm Mmmm good.

    I still dunk my toast!

  4. Angie P from KY says

    I have used this recipe for years, it’s my favorite way to make it and I can’t bring myself to buy swiss miss anymore! I think I got it off the back of the baking cocoa box… Of course, I have made some substitutions over the years. I often use half and half instead of milk!!! It’s so creamy it’s almost a sin. Sometimes I add a little cinnamon or nutmeg.

  5. jennifer simmons says

    Once again a FANTASTIC recipe from you!! I cant thank you enough! We made this and took it with us to go see some Christmas lights ! Our friends RAVED about it! And are still talking about it! I replaced one cup of milk with heavy cream since I had it. Then added my homemade marshmallows! Today Im making your Divinity! Ive never had it before but It looks Divine! 😉

  6. Sharon Newberry says

    Thanks so much for posting this recipe for homemade hot chocolate….I have totally burned out on the store-bought packets and mixes. Have been dreaming of my mother’s homemade “hot cocoa”, and she didn’t use a recipe, so now I can make my own. Bless you!

  7. Aunt Charley says

    This is the only kind of hot chocolate I had till after I was married and someone introduced me to the mix you made yourself. This is still my favorite and always reminds me of my mother who left this Earth way too many years ago. Thanks for sharing, Christy! It’s perfect for the weather right now and beings back such sweet memories.

  8. P.Krueger says

    This is similar to the recipe I have made for 40 years for friends and family, except I add the vanilla and marshmallows and a hint of cinnamon. Also, I add a pat of butter or margarine to the pot. It makes it extra rich and creamy!

  9. Lynn T says

    I make this for myself every morning except I make it in the microwave and it’s the only kind I drink!! You can get the cocoa in a big container at Sams Club.
    2tbs sugar
    2tbs cocoa
    1 cup milk- I use 1%
    Dash of vanilla or cinnamon
    Micro for 1. 5 minutes and enjoy!!!

  10. Carolyn says

    I have made this cocoa since my grandmother taught me as a little girl, she mixed the 1/2 cup of milk with water and brought to a boil, then added milk. This is the best ever! I now make home made marshmellows to go in it.

  11. Aunt Charley says

    I’ve been thinking about this recipe that I made for years because it’s what my mother always made. I love it . You’ve inspired me to make a pot. Once I do, I know it be be only the first of many pots this winter. Thanks, Christy!!!


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