Classic Hot Chocolate



2 min


7 min


4 1/2 cups

Classic Hot Chocolate

Photo: Roberto Caruso

Want a sure way to secure a snow-shovelling helper? Bribe them with a creamy cup of hot chocolate with a tricked-out stir stick.


  • 1 L milk
  • ½ cup chopped dark chocolate
  • ⅓ cup chopped white chocolate
  • marshmallow
  • candy canes
  • whipped cream


  • In a medium saucepan set over medium-high, bring milk to a simmer, then reduce to medium-low. Whisk in dark and white chocolate. Let simmer, whisking often, until chocolate melts, 1 to 2 min. Make it fancy with marshmallows, candy cane sticks and whipped cream.

3 sweet upgrades

For malted milk: Stir in 1/2 cup malted milk powder, such as Ovaltine. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with chopped malt-chocolate balls.
For Mexican spice: Stir in 1/2 tsp cinnamon and ⅛ tsp each nutmeg and cayenne. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with more cinnamon.
For chocolaccino: Stir in 1 tsp espresso powder. Top with frothed milk and shaved chocolate.

Originally published in the Today’s Parent December 2016 issue. Photo by Roberto Caruso.