The Best Hot Chocolate Recipe

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins


  • 1 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk I use Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 14 ounces of water
  • 7 ounces whole milk
  • 6-8 tablespoons of Droste Cocoa or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Splash of vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces of your favorite dark chocolate
  • Spike it with a little Baileys.


  1. Heat on medium high in a heavy saucepan, or dutch oven, all liquid ingredients and whisk until well combined and the milk starts to foam a little.
  2. Add your Droste cocoa powder and continue whisking until combined.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add in your chopped dark chocolate.
  4. Reduce heat to a simmer and let cook for 2-3 minutes or until the liquid has thickened. If the chocolate looks too thick, slowly add one tablespoon of milk until desired consistency is reached.
  5. When hot, my hot chocolate has the consistency of thick cream.
  6. Pour into Santa Clause mugs while still hot, then top with cold unsweetened whipped cream. Finish with a sprinkle of peppermint candy and a drizzle of liquid chocolate.
  7. To spike this hot chocolate, add one ounce of Baileys Irish Cream at the bottom of your Santa Clause mugs, then proceed to pour hot chocolate mixture in the mug.