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Two mugs of hot chocolate with chocolate chips, with a bowl of mini marshmallows.

Easy Hot Chocolate Recipe (made with Chocolate Chips)

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  • Author: Kelli Avila
  • Prep Time: 00:03
  • Cook Time: 00:06
  • Total Time: 9 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Category: sweets
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Satisfy urgent hot chocolate cravings with this Easy Hot Chocolate Recipe (with Chocolate Chips)! It's the perfect cup of instant cozy with a super decadent velvet texture that's simple to make.


Units Scale
  • 3-1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 8 ounces (about 1-1/4 cups) high- quality semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Marshmallows or Fluff, for topping (optional)


  1. In a medium pot, combine the milk, cream, salt and chocolate chips. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the chocolate has completely melted and the cocoa begins to steam. Shut off the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  2. Use a whisk (or alternatively an immersion blender) to combine the mixture thoroughly, ensuring the chocolate is well homogenized into the milk.
  3. Serve immediately with marshmallows or Fluff.