Rich and Smooth Hot Chocolate

Rich and Smooth Hot Chocolate | DIY Joy Projects and Crafts Ideas

Image by Downshiftology via YouTube


Nothing can beat a rich and smooth hot chocolate on a cold day! This recipe by Downshiftology is rich and delicious – the perfect drink to warm you up during the winter season. It’s super easy to make and only requires a few ingredients. You can top it with whipped cream or marshmallows to make it extra fun. Read on or watch the video below for full instructions.



  • 4 cups of milk (dairy or dairy-free)
  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey
  • 4 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate 50%-60% (approximately 2/3 cup of chocolate chips)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)

For garnish (optional)

  • whipped cream
  • marshmallows
  • cocoa powder


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Step 1:

Finely chop the semi sweet chocolate so it melts and blends completely in the milk.

Step 2:

Place a saucepan over medium heat. Add four cups of milk, 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder, and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Whisk well as it warms up until the cocoa powder dissolves. Make sure there are no clumps. Let it come to a gentle simmer. Whisk often. Make sure not to walk away from it, as milk can easily boil over on the stove.

Rich and Smooth Hot Chocolate Recipe
Image by Downshiftology via YouTube

Step 3:

Once the milk is in the low simmer stage, add the finely chopped chocolate and continue to stir. As the chocolate melts, you’ll notice the color change from a light brown to a deep dark brown. Keep whisking for 5 minutes on a simmer. This will ensure you don’t get any chocolate clumps in the bottom of your mug or cup.

Step 4:

Pour into your mug or cup. If you add any toppings, leave a bit of room at the top, so you don’t overflow the mug. Add a few dollops of whipped cream, marshmallows, and cocoa powder on top if desired. Enjoy!


Love this recipe? If you did, make sure to check Downshiftology on YouTube. She has tons of amazing drink recipes that you’ll absolutely love. 

Rich and Smooth Hot Chocolate

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