Can I just brag for a second? Because, um….I nailed it. I set out to make a rich, thick, chocolaty homemade hot cocoa and I. Freaking. Nailed. It. Ok, bragging done.

Joel and I are both huge fans of hot cocoa, but lately, I’ve found myself wanting more than just the powdery packet mixed with milk. Even though I normally add a candy cane and a giant marshmallow, I always end up wanting something more. I don’t know why in the world I haven’t made homemade hot cocoa before, but I can assure you, I will NOT be going back to the packets. Ever. This hot cocoa is velvety, thick, insanely rich and out-of-this-world chocolaty. I’m in love.

Thick and Rich Homemade Hot Cocoa

1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
4 ounces chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate (chocolate chips work fine too)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 scant teaspoon instant coffee powder or espresso powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whisk the milk, chocolate, sugar, salt and coffee powder in a small saucepan over medium heat until the chocolate is completely melted and everything is combined. Stir in the vanilla. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Turn the heat off and let the hot cocoa sit (still covered) for 5 minutes before serving to allow it to thicken. Serve immediately. Serves 2.

**Some of you might want to thin it out with a little extra milk or water- it’s VERY rich! 😉

Recipe source: Sing For Your Supper original



  1. So yummy looking! Love it.


    Comment by Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 5, 2011 @ 5:41 AM

  2. can’t wait to try this. need a little evaporated milk from the store & i’m drinking soon. yummy. (:


    Comment by Beth — December 5, 2011 @ 7:09 AM

  3. Yum – I may have to try this soon!


    Comment by Eva @ Eva Bakes — December 5, 2011 @ 7:56 AM

  4. I completely understand-I made homemade hot chocolate for the first time recently and am never going back to the packets either! Its just so much better!!! (Although the boyfriend still says he prefers the powdered stuff…he’s silly and doesn’t like rich stuff. Boys.)


    Comment by Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — December 5, 2011 @ 8:35 AM

  5. Nothing that concerns chocolate is ever too rich! Will try this!! Hope you are getting “fat” and happy!!


    Comment by Jean — December 5, 2011 @ 11:52 AM

  6. I was about to ask if this was actually sweet but then I realized it has two tablespoons of sugar per cup. Yay! I try to reduce sugar in everything, but I hate hot chocolate that isn’t sweet enough. I don’t want to drink something that tastes like a watery already watery tasting Hershey’s bar. This will be made at my Christmas baking party. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂


    Comment by Erin — December 5, 2011 @ 1:50 PM

  7. this looks awesome, i would never have thought to have add evaporated milk. i loveeeee evaporated milk… looks so good and love the pics.


    Comment by Honey What's Cooking — December 5, 2011 @ 2:21 PM

  8. Looks like the perfect thing to get me through finals week!!
    Throw a few homemade marshmallows on there and I’m in heaven…good thing I have some homemade chocolate marshmallows in my room. 😉


    Comment by Rachel @ Bakerita — December 5, 2011 @ 4:14 PM

  9. Funny how the title of your blog jumped out at me amongst the e-mails… 🙂 THANK YOU for “experimenting” and then sharing your fabulous results!


    Comment by Kimby — December 5, 2011 @ 4:34 PM

  10. Wow–love the addition of espresso powder! Never would have thought to add that to hot cocoa, but it makes so much sense.

    This looks dangerous! Thanks for sharing 🙂


    Comment by Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — December 5, 2011 @ 5:07 PM

  11. oh this was just delicious! thank you!!


    Comment by Allison — December 5, 2011 @ 6:45 PM

  12. I must try this! It looks better than any hot chocolate I’ve ever had!


    Comment by Natalie — December 5, 2011 @ 8:36 PM

  13. Oh mmyyyy. A whole can of evaporated milk? That must taste amazing.


    Comment by L. — December 5, 2011 @ 9:34 PM

  14. This sounds amazing and so easy! Bookmarking.


    Comment by Rose — December 5, 2011 @ 10:21 PM

  15. Nice! This hot chocolate looks amazing! And I love that both our husband’s names are Joel!


    Comment by Jenni — December 7, 2011 @ 8:34 PM

  16. YUMMY! I’m definitely going to make this. I think I’ll thin mine out with some peppermint schnapps 🙂


    Comment by Kelsey — December 12, 2011 @ 1:38 PM

  17. So I couldn’t really wait until the baking party I mentioned above and I’m happy I didn’t. This is THE most amazing hot chocolate ever. It’s insane. Words can’t describe the awesomeness of this recipe. I never want the packaged stuff again. Thank you so much! Oh and my husband said that this was the best hot chocolate he had ever had and he has never declared anything the best anything he’s ever had. After the first sip I immediately thinned it down with milk so that I could cherish it longer. It sounds ridiculous, right? This stuff is amazing.


    amy Reply:

    Yippee!! So happy y’all loved it as much as we did!! I need to make it again SOON! Thanks for letting me know!


    Erin @ Texanerin Baking Reply:

    The husband requested it again. White chocolate also works! Woohoo! With the white chocolate, I only used half the sugar and it was still really sweet. Next time I’ll use a fourth and I’m sure it’ll be perfect. We added tons of milk to it and then pumpkin pie spice. It’s so sad I’ve lived all these years without this recipe. It’s a good thing I have it now. 🙂


    amy Reply:

    Wow Erin, that sounds amazing! Great idea!

    Comment by Erin @ Texanerin Baking — December 13, 2011 @ 1:53 PM

  18. Oh my goodness! Whenever hot chocolate is described as thick, sign me UP!!!


    Comment by shelly (cookies and cups) — December 18, 2011 @ 2:14 PM

  19. Im just curious does it stay well? If I say make a quadruple batch could I put it in the refrigerator and warm it up the next day?


    amy Reply:

    I haven’t tried it myself but I think that would work just fine.


    Erin @ Texanerin Baking Reply:

    I said I’d stop commenting in this post but I just had to answer this!

    I’ve never made a quadruple batch but I’ve warmed up the leftovers the next day and they taste just as good as the fresh version. You have to try it if you haven’t! Your guests will be super impressed. 🙂


    Comment by Maggie — December 19, 2011 @ 6:43 PM

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  21. I’ve been making this every few days! I started off using sugar, but now I use none at all. I use 55% cocoa and it’s sweet enough. But if you like dark chocolate, I think it’s a good idea to make the hot chocolate, and then add sugar until it’s to your liking.

    With milk chocolate, it’s just insanely sweet (but I think delicious) and it definitely doesn’t need sugar. My husband can’t even drink the milk chocolate version. I guess the sugar thing just depends on the exact brand and type of chocolate you use.

    Thank you so so so much for this recipe! It’s just amazing. I feel like I’m spamming this post. I’ll stop now. 🙂


    Comment by Erin @ Texanerin Baking — December 31, 2011 @ 2:22 AM

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  23. Just coming back to let you know that I included this recipe in a recipe edition of my Saturday Link List on my blog today.
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    Have a great weekend!


    Comment by Rose — January 7, 2012 @ 12:14 PM

  24. Will this still taste good if I stiff it up my ass?


    amy Reply:

    I’m gonna go with……..yes. Yes it will.


    Heather R Reply:

    OMG this is priceless. haha! Amy your blog is so perfect in every way.

    So is this hot chocolate:)


    Comment by Dirty ass chick — September 23, 2012 @ 1:15 PM

  25. Just tried it using butterscotch chips as I am allergic to chocolate. I love trying new recipes, especially during the fall and winter. I was a little nervous at first, since I really didn’t know what to expect.

    It. Was. AWESOME.

    I’ll probably cut back on the sugar next time, but it was still amazing. Very rich and creamy.

    Side note: seasonal vanilla cool whip tastes great with it.
    : )

    Thanks so much for the recipe!


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  27. I just made a homemade Devil’s food cake with homemade choc icing & dang had no milk to drink it with so I found your recipe for hot choc with evap milk – it’s on the stove as I speak looks great


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