Christmas Hot Chocolate is the perfect Christmas morning drink. It is loaded with chocolate flavor and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles.

Hot Chocolate in a mug topped with whipped cream and sprinkles
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Easy Christmas Hot Chocolate Recipe:

We love to make this Christmas Hot Chocolate to enjoy during the holiday season. This recipe is made with simple ingredients and heated on the stovetop. This hot chocolate recipe serves 4, but we like to double to recipe.

Skip the hot cocoa mix and make hot chocolate mix at home. It taste so much better and you know exactly the ingredients you are adding. We have even made Christmas Hot Chocolate bombs and placed in hot milk.

Celebrate the holiday season with this delicious cup of hot chocolate Christmas recipes. Add your favorite toppings to your hot cocoa with a candy cane for a delicious drink option.

Try more Christmas drink recipes. You may also love this Crockpot Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe.

Ingredients needed - cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, water, milk, vanilla, whipped cream, christmas sprinkles

Ingredients: 

  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon 
  • Water
  • Milk 
  • Vanilla
  • Whipped Cream (for serving) 
  • Christmas Sprinkles (for serving) 

How to Make Christmas Hot Chocolate: 

  • Step 1 – Mix Ingredients – Whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar, ground cinnamon and water in a small saucepan.  Bring to a low boil. 
  • Step 2 – Add in Milk – Then slowly whisk in the milk and cook until just heated through.  
  • Step 3 – Add Vanilla Extract – Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. 
Combine the hot chocolate in the sauce pan
  • Step 4 – Pour into Mugs – Pour into serving mugs. 
  • Step 5 – Add your favorite toppings – Top with the whipped cream and sprinkles. 
  • Step 6 – Serve and Enjoy – Serve warm and enjoy.
Hot Chocolate in a mug topped with whipped cream and sprinkles

Christmas Hot Chocolate Serving Ideas:

  • Classic Hot Chocolate – This basic hot chocolate is delicious just the way it is made. We love to top with whipped cream and sprinkles. You can even add in mini marshmallows for added flavor.
  • Add in Extra Flavor – Feel free to add in Peppermint extract or a teaspoon of pumpkin spice or nutmeg. You can even add in tablespoon of sweetener if you prefer it to be sweeter.
  • Adult Hot Chocolate – If you are having a adult Christmas party. Give an option to add in some Bailey’s to the drink.
  • Hot Chocolate Bar – One of my favorite things to do for our Christmas dinner is to setup a hot chocolate bar. We like to have bowls of different types of toppings such as chocolate candy, white chocolate chips, and sprinkles.
Hot Chocolate in a mug topped with whipped cream and sprinkles

Recipe Tips:

  • Combining the Ingredients – Combine the ingredients with a low boil. This allows for the ingredients to simmer before adding in the warm milk.
  • Prepare Mugs – Before pouring the hot chocolate into the mugs, you can place sea salt around the rim. The chocolate and sea salt is the perfect combination.
  • Microwave – We heated the hot chocolate on the stove top but you can also heat in the microwave. If heating in the microwave make sure there is no hot spots. You can also heat the mixture in a slow cooker.
Hot Chocolate in a mug topped with whipped cream and sprinkles

What to Serve with Hot Chocolate:

Hot chocolate is perfect to serve any time of the day. We have even done a hot chocolate bar when we have had friends over.

  • Baked Cookies
  • Slice of Pie
  • Marshmallows
  • Graham Crackers

Variation Ideas:

  • Hot Cocoa Bombs – If you are looking for a fun twist on this hot chocolate make hot chocolate bombs. Melted chocolate is placed in silicone mold that creates a chocolate shells.
  • Candy Melts – You can drizzle the top with melted candy melts. Candy melts come in a variety of colors and can be melted easily in a small bowl. Drizzle the top with a spoon to create a fun and festive hot chocolate.
  • Peppermint Candies – We love the combination of peppermint and hot chocolate.
  • Espresso Powder – If you prefer, you can easily add in a teaspoon or two of espresso powder.
  • Spicy Hot Chocolate – If you prefer a little extra spice in your hot chocolate make spicy hot chocolate. We recommend a teaspoon of cayenne pepper for a twist on a classic recipe.
  • Red Hot Candies – This hot chocolate is delicious topped with red hot candies. We have some friends that do this and it is the perfect combination.
Hot Chocolate in a mug topped with whipped cream and sprinkles

What is Good in Hot Chocolate for Christmas?

This basic hot chocolate recipe is delicious just the way it is. But you can easily add in crushed peppermint candies, caramel syrup or marshmallows. Set up a hot chocolate bar and let everyone choose their own.

We even like to add in dark chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips for a fun treat.

Easy Christmas Gift Idea:

This hot chocolate mix would be perfect to place in jars for a delicious gift idea. Place the powder ingredients in a small bag. Then include in the gift the recipe card with some fun holiday jars.

Tie a ribbon on the bag for a great gift idea for friends, neighbors or your kids teachers.

Hot Chocolate in a mug topped with whipped cream and sprinkles

How to Make Hot Chocolate Rich and Creamy?

To make a creamy hot chocolate you can substitute one cup of the milk with heavy cream. This will result in a creamy hot chocolate that is loaded with flavor.

How to Store Leftovers:

Once your hot chocolate has cooled to room temperature, store in an air tight container. Reheat the leftovers in the microwave for a delicious treat the next day.

Why we Love this Hot Chocolate Recipe:

  • Easy to Make – We love this hot chocolate recipe because it is loaded with easy ingredients and simple to make.
  • Fun to Serve – This hot chocolate is great served in fun mugs and to add your toppings.
  • The Perfect Holiday Drink – If you are looking for a special drink to serve this holiday season, make Christmas Hot Chocolate.

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Christmas Hot Chocolate

5 from 1 vote
Christmas Hot Chocolate is the perfect Christmas morning drink. It is loaded with chocolate flavor and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 10
Cuisine American
Course Beverage, Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cups Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Whipped Cream for serving
  • Christmas Sprinkles for serving

Instructions

  • Whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar, ground cinnamon and water in a small saucepan.  Bring to a low boil.
  • Then slowly whisk in the milk and cook until just heated through.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Pour into serving mugs.
  • Top with the whipped cream and sprinkles.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

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