Classic Hot Chocolate

  • Prep Time2 mins
  • Total Time7 mins
  • Makes4 1/2 cups
Classic Hot Chocolate

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.

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.

This article was originally published on Oct 30, 2016