Food Geek Friday: Stovetop Hot Chocolate

Yesterday I was putting some finishing touches on a client's kitchen and we were talking about her K-cups. She, like I and maybe many of you, went nuts on variety when she first got her Keurig. She had a few different hot chocolates. I too bought some hot chocolate but really, really hated it. I could taste the chemicals. See, I've been making my hot chocolate on the stove for a few years now. It's just as easy, only takes a minute or two longer and is INFINITELY better than any packets. There's really no good reason to ever use instant again. there's more to the clean-up but the taste is so superior that I can look past that.

Stovetop Hot Chocolate

Stovetop Hot ChocolateIngredients

  • Milk of choice (I really like homemade almond milk)
  • cocoa powder
  • sweetener of choice (My preference is Grade B maple syrup. Honey is good too)
  • Splash of vanilla extract


Combine ingredients in small pot and warm up to desired temperature over medium heat, stirring often. I like to use a whisk to break up any lumps from the cocoa powder.


If it's the evening and you need some extra warmth, brandy, whiskey or peppermint vodka are really nice in this. Stir in after the hot chocolate is fully heated.