Stovetop Hot Chocolate

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Rich and creamy, this stovetop hot chocolate is such a treat on a chilly day! 

mug of hot chocolate with mini marshmallows

If you’ve only ever had hot chocolate made from the powdered packets, then you need to stop what you’re doing and go make this hot chocolate!

It will be like a whole new treat for you!

It’s so creamy and rich and almost tastes like you’re drinking a melted chocolate bar!

We don’t make it often because we will just crave it more and more, but it is such a perfect treat on a chilly day.

How to Make Hot Chocolate on the Stove


All are most likely ingredients you keep on hand anyways!

All you need to do is combine your sugar and cocoa powder in a medium saucepan and stir to combine.

saucepan with white sugar and cocoa powder

Add 3/4 cup of milk and stir constantly over medium heat until mixture just starts to bubble up a little.

You don’t want it to boil or else your milk will curdle. But you want all the sugar dissolved and no clumps of cocoa powder left behind.

If you’re stirring constantly, it should be smooth by the point you start seeing little bubbles.

Once you do, add 3 more cups of milk and continue stirring until the hot chocolate is hot enough for you.

Again, don’t bring it to a boil, at this point, you’re just heating up the milk to the temperature you want it so that you can drink it and enjoy it immediately!

Make sure you stir constantly, though, because it will boil in seconds if you leave it unattended.

saucepan with hot chocolate and wooden spoon

This recipe makes enough for 2-3 drinks depending how much you pour per serving.

mug of hot chocolate

You can add whatever toppings you’d like:

mug of hot chocolate with mini marshmallows

mug of hot chocolate with mini marshmallows
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Stovetop Hot Chocolate

Rich and creamy, this stovetop hot chocolate is such a treat on a chilly day! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: stovetop hot chocolate
Servings: 2
Calories: 410kcal
Author: The Endless Appetite


  • 2 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 ¾ cup Milk divided


  • In a medium saucepan, stir together cocoa powder and sugar. Place pan on burner over medium heat.
  • Add 3/4 cup milk and stir constantly until all the sugar is dissolved and bubbles just begin to form on the surface. Do not let it boil.
  • Add the remaining 3 cups of milk and stir constantly until it is the desired temperature.


Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 829mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 741IU | Calcium: 536mg | Iron: 2mg

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