Creamy Dreamy Hot Cocoa

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Happy December 1st!  Since we had rain yesterday I thought it’d be nice and cold today.  Not so.  Does that stop me from making wintry day treats?  Uh-uh.  Because if I was in the habit of cancelling such things due to our weather, well, I’d NEVER make wintry treats.  Cold here is when the temp dips below 68.  😉  So I went with my plan to have a big ol’ slow cooker full of my creamiest hot cocoa perched on my counter this morning to greet my family and late morning guests.

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It’s rich, it’s decadent, and it hits the spot when a steaming mug of whipped-cream-topped cocoa is what you crave.  Use a good cocoa (I use a dark Dutch-processed/Holland cocoa and it is divine) and you’ll taste the difference.

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Sometimes I mix in a bit of Cool Whip if I have it on hand.  Then we still top it all with homemade whipped cream.  If you don’t like Cool Whip, don’t fret.  Leave it out and carry on as usual, friends.  But don’t skip the homemade whipped!  This is what I imagine the kiddies on the Polar Express are sipping…♥

Danielle’s Creamy Dreamy Hot Cocoa (with Homemade Whipped Cream)


  • 1 cup dark cocoa powder(I use rich, dark, Dutch-processed)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup very hot water (I boil it and set aside while I gather ingredients)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 7 cups milk (I use 2% or whole)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1.5 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 oz. Cool Whip (optional)
  • Homemade whipped cream (recipe below)
  • Marshmallows for garnish

Place cocoa powder, sugar, water, and salt in a large pot.  Whisk on medium-high heat (do not boil).  Add chocolate chips and continue whisking until chips melt and mixture just begins to simmer.  Whisk in milk and heavy cream.  Add vanilla and cinnamon and continue whisking/mixing until it just begins to simmer.  Mix in Cool Whip if you choose.  If not serving immediately, transfer to a slow cooker set to “warm.”  Top with marshmallows and homemade whipped cream (recipe below) and enjoy!

This makes a lot of cocoa.  No problem–cool and store in fridge.  Reheat & sip.

Homemade Whipped Cream


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

I like to place the bowl of my mixer in the freezer for a few minutes before making this.  It’s not necessary, but helps keep the cream cold.  Whip cream with mixer until soft peaks form.  Add sugar, vanilla and sugar.  Mix until peaks form.  Do NOT over mix/beat or it will get lumpy.

Note: I use my Kitchenaid standmixer for this, however, you can use a handmixer.  Just takes a bit longer and you burn a few calories. 🙂



  1. Yum yes please

  2. Oh.My.Gosh. How has this decadent concoction never come up in conversation as I always seem to be stopping by a certain coffee place for overpriced cocoa??!! I wish I had read this earlier because I would have already attempted to make this! Wow. I am actually drooling.

    • lol! But your decadent hot choco purchase may not taste the same as this one and so I’d hate to disappoint you! You know, like you go and change your choice at your favorite restaurant even though you ALWAYS get the same delicious thing…only to be annoyed that you didn’t just get what you know you love. 🙂 ha! xxx Perhaps I’ll put some on for our girlie time next week?

  3. looks so lovely, who wouldn’t love pink marshmallows…lovely post…sarah

  4. Sounds delicious and perfect for a night of watching movies with my family!

  5. Delicious! I’m craving a lovely hot chocolate now…


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