Homemade Hot Cocoa (Penzeys Recipe)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

I haven't tried this but it came with a gift set I got from a friend from Penzey's spices for my wedding. I can't wait till it gets cool--I will definitely be trying it ASAP then! I'm sure you could add some peppermint schapps to this to make it even more holiday-friendly.


  1. Combine milk, sugar, cocoa, and vanilla in saucepan.
  2. Whisk or stir quickly to dissolve cocoa into milk.
  3. Warm over med-low heat till steaming, stirring frequently.
  4. Pour into mugs, top with mini-marshmallows, and use cinnamon sticks to stir.
Most Helpful

This recipe is FANTASTIC! Thanks for sharing. My son and I are lactose intolerant so I substituted Almond milk for the regular milk and I don't like my kids to have too much sugar so, I substituted Stevia for the sugar. Topped with marshmallows and stuck a candy cane in to stir to give a mint flavor for the holiday season. Don't think I will be wasting money on boxed ever again. Thanks again!

ryanmistymiller December 14, 2010

I ran out of the "boxed" hot cocoa mix and felt like some hot cocoa, so I came on here to see if I could find a good recipe since I always have cocoa powder on hand, and boy am I glad I found this one. I'll never buy premade hot cocoa again after making this. It's so easy and everything listed I always have on hand.

Hamlin September 27, 2010

Thank you for the great recipe. We started decorating the Christmas tree and realized we did not have any hot cocoa (a family tradition). I quickly went to recipezaar and found this recipe. I used 6 tablespoon sugar to 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Just Right!!

k1m November 27, 2006