The Ultimate Guide to Perfect Stove Hot Chocolate

Stove Hot Chocolate is the perfect way to warm up in winter. Forget the packaged cocoa mixes and make homemade hot chocolate the classic way – simmered on the stovetop.

All you need is some quality chocolate, milk or cream and just a few minutes to whisk up this rich, velvety, and intensely chocolatey drink. The chocolate melts into the heated milk to create a mug of hot chocolate so thick and creamy it’s like sipping a liquid bar of chocolate.

Top it with whipped cream or marshmallows if desired. This simple stove-top technique produces hot chocolate far superior to anything pre-mixed in a packet.

So break out your favourite mug, put on your cosiest socks, and whip up a steaming cup of Stove Hot Chocolate to drive away the winter chill.

Stove Hot Chocolate
Stove Hot Chocolate

How To Make Homemade Stove Hot Chocolate?

  • Prepare Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes.
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Serving Size: 2 servings


  • 2 cups whole milk (you can use any milk of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • Whipped cream for topping (optional)
  • Chocolate shavings or cocoa powder for garnish (optional)


  1. Combine the whole milk and heavy cream in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Heat the mixture until it simmers, but do not let it boil.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, and a pinch of salt until they are well combined.
  3. Slowly add the dry mixture to the simmering milk and cream while constantly whisking to avoid lumps. Whisk until the cocoa powder and sugar completely dissolve, and the mixture becomes smooth and creamy.
  4. Lower the heat to medium-low and let the hot chocolate simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. After 5 minutes, add the vanilla extract to the hot chocolate and stir it in.
  6. Taste the hot chocolate and adjust the sweetness and cocoa flavour. If you prefer it sweeter, add a bit more sugar. If you want a stronger chocolate flavour, add more cocoa powder. Mix well after each addition.
  7. Once the hot chocolate reaches your desired taste and consistency, please remove it from the stove and pour it into mugs.
  8. If desired, top the hot chocolate with whipped cream and garnish with chocolate shavings or a sprinkle of cocoa powder for an extra indulgent touch.
  9. Serve the stove hot chocolate immediately and enjoy it while it’s still warm and comforting.


  1. Stove hot chocolate is a great recipe for children to make. They can help in all process steps and enjoy drinking their creations. This is a great way to keep them busy when temperatures drop outside.
  2. The cocoa mix gets thicker as it cools, so it should be added to coffee mugs, or cups warmed with hot water or the microwave instead of straight liquid forming into cold mugs.
  3. You can make your cocktail-style cocoa by adding a shot of rum or whisky.
  4. When it is cold outside, you will want to keep the saucepan covered to prevent heat from escaping and allow the ingredients to mix appropriately.
  5. The stove hot chocolate should be stirred often and constantly until served, so it does not burn.

How Do You Add Flavor to Hot Chocolate?

1. Caramel Hot Chocolate:

This is a wonderful recipe for making an unusual hot chocolate drink. First, ensure you have 4 oz of heavy cream and 2 tbsp sugar near you. Next, take your favorite hot chocolate recipe and follow the steps described.

When the mixture comes to a boil, add 1 tsp of vanilla extract and two tablespoons of sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved completely into your favorite hot chocolate drink. Finally, take a tablespoon of heavy cream and whisk it into your now delicious hot cocoa drink!

2. Irish Coffee Hot Chocolate:

Irish coffee is a well-known hot drink because of its rich blend of flavors. The main ingredients are 2 oz of hot chocolate, 1 tbsp of Irish Cream Liqueur, 1/2 tsp of sugar, and 1 oz of cream (Whipping cream). First, you must melt the chocolate in a small saucepan.

Then, add sugar to the melted chocolate and stir it until completely dissolved. Next, you should add your Irish Cream Liqueur. Pour your mixture into your cup and top it off with whipping cream.

3. Candy Cane Hot Chocolate:

As the name implies, this hot chocolate recipe is a special hot chocolate just for Christmas. Candy cane hot chocolate is made with 3/4 cup dried marshmallows and 1 tablespoon of candy canes. First, you must melt the marshmallows and candy canes in a small saucepan.

Then, you should add half of them to your favorite hot chocolate. Next, add half the marshmallows and candy canes to your hot chocolate mixture. Lastly, pour half of your desired kind of milk, like whole milk or vanilla soy milk, and stir.

4. Cinnamon Hot Chocolate:

This is a good recipe for making hot chocolate with a strong warming effect from spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. First, take 3 ounces of chocolate and place it in a small saucepan.

Then, you should melt your chocolate and add your spices (1 tbsp of cinnamon and 1/4 tsp of nutmeg). After that, put in 1 1/2 cups of milk and stir until well blended.

5. Coconut Hot Chocolate:

This hot chocolate recipe is perfect for those who want something different from the usual hot cocoa recipes. This one adds 4 tablespoons of shredded coconut to the mix.

First, you must melt your coconut and chocolate together in a small saucepan. Then, you should add half of them to your hot chocolate. Next, add half of your desired kind of milk (like almond or goat milk), stir, and pour it into your mugs.

Nutrition Fact of Stove Hot Chocolate

fat3.5 g
carbs29 g
protein4.4 g
Stove Hot Chocolate

How do you heat milk for hot chocolate on the stove?

  1. Pour milk into a saucepan or pot and bring to a low boil over medium heat.
  2. Please turn off the heat, turn the mixture upside-down in its pan to make steam, and heat it slowly.
  3. Serve hot with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, or sprinkled with caramel-style chocolate chips or chunks.

Can you heat milk on the stove?

Yes, you can heat milk on the stove. Although, it can be a little tricky to get it to go over medium heat until it’s steaming.

Take a look at the picture above. The saucepan is filled with water, but the water is not boiling just yet. The trick to getting this to work is to heat it slowly by heating the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until it’s really hot and spreading it out in a thin layer.

Then, put the lid on until you’re ready to add the hot water to the butter. Then slowly pour in your cup of hot water, constantly stirring, so it doesn’t burn.


You can make your favorite hot chocolate recipe by following the instructions and pointers provided above. You can also find some other hot cocoa and other hot drink recipes on this site to get some ideas for great hot drinks.

Hopefully, through these recipes, you will be able to make a great drink with the help of these pointers. In addition, these pointers will help you improve the nutrition value of the drinks by adding a different flavor than your regular coffee or tea. These pointers will also keep you from getting burned by the burner blower.