The THICKEST and CREAMIEST Hot Chocolate Recipe EVER! (2024)

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Published: Dec 20, 2020

Updated: Nov 08, 2023

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The thickest and creamiest Hot Chocolate recipe EVER! Think: 5 star restaurant style! Ever wonder how they do it? You’re going to love how easy it is to make your own hot cocoa. It’s a billion times better than a hot cocoa packet mixed with water. This hot chocolate is simply divine. Everyone will think you’re a genius when they taste this (honestly, it’s that good!). If you make it look fancy, you’ll get extra bonus points. I’ll show you a trick to making it look super elegant without any special skills, ingredients, or supplies needed.

Hot Chocolate

My decadent homemade hot chocolate recipe is a combination of milk, chocolate chips, condensed milk, and whipped cream. It is extra flavorful and delicious! It requires a special amount of stirring (that’s where the magic happens!).

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  1. whole milk
  2. sweetened condensed milk
  3. Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  4. vanilla extract
  5. whipped cream
  6. ground cinnamon


Star by adding milk to a medium-large pot. Then, add 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips to the milk. Now, if you know anything about chocolate, it can be very temperamental! Chocolate is VERY sensitive and burns extremely easily. Do yourself a favor and keep your stovetop on low this entire time and stir the hot chocolate constantly. If the chocolate chips settle on the bottom of the hot pan for too long, it will burn.

Right after you add in the chocolate chips, pour in sweetened condensed milk. You can find a can of sweetened condensed milk in the baking aisle of any grocery store. This stuff is SO yummy! They come in smaller cans that are 14oz. You will want to use between 12oz and 14oz for this thick and creamy hot chocolate recipe. Next, add vanilla extract! I tend to add extra because I just love vanilla extract.

Recipe Tip

The most important part of creating thick and creamy hot cocoa is the love that goes into slowly warming it up. Keep the burner on low and stir regularly for about 30 minutes or until it gets hot. Just be sure to not try and heat it up too fast! The kitchen will start smelling like a chocolate factory and, before you know it, every kid will come out of nowhere waiting with excitement. Your kids will now know that their mom makes the BEST hot chocolate ever!

The final part is not necessary, however, I think this small detail makes a huge difference for anyone you’re serving the hot cocoa to. Homemade whipped cream requires special ingredients and tools. Instead, I like to make cups of cocoa look like elegant hot chocolate served in the fanciest restaurants. Simply put regular whipped cream in a bowl and stir it around with a spoon.

Stirring ordinary whipped cream gives it a beautiful creamy texture that you can spoon on top of the hot chocolate. Add as much or as little of the super smooth whipped cream as your heart desires. The fanciest step of all is sprinkling a line of ground cinnamon on top! You might as well serve it with a spoon at this point because this is no regular cup of hot cocoa! It deserves to be savored.

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Hot Chocolate Recipe

The THICKEST and CREAMIEST Hot Chocolate Recipe EVER! Think: 5-star restaurant style!


  • Medium-large pot

  • Whisk

  • Mixing bowl

  • Spoon

  • ladle


  • 5 cup whole milk
  • 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (at least 1 tsp, you can add more!)
  • Can of whipped cream
  • Ground Cinnamon


  • Pour milk into a pot over low heat

  • Keep it on low heat the entire time to prevent burning

  • Add the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, and vanilla extract to the milk

  • Stir regularly for at least 30 minutes to ensure the chocolate and milk doesn’t burn to the bottom of the pot

  • Once hot, put ordinary whipped cream into a mixing bowl and stir it with a spoon. This removes the extra bubbles making it look fancy and smooth!

  • Ladle the thick and creamy hot chocolate into a mug

  • Spoon the smooth whipped cream on top

  • Sprinkle a line of ground cinnamon across the mug

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How do you make hot chocolate thicker? ›

Cornflour/Cornstarch: Mix a small amount with cold milk or water to create a smooth paste. Whisk this into your hot chocolate towards the end of the cooking process until it thickens. Double Cream: Stirring in a splash of double cream can instantly enrich and thicken your drink, giving it a velvety texture.

Why is hot chocolate in Europe so thick? ›

In mainland Europe (particularly Spain and Italy), hot chocolate is sometimes served very thick due to the use of a thickening agent such as cornstarch.

What is the difference between French and Italian hot chocolate? ›

Italy is another European country that loves its thick hot chocolate. Their version of hot chocolate uses heavy cream and milk like the French. But unlike the French, they go an extra step by adding cornstarch to thicken the mixture even more. The result is a pudding-like consistency that is still pourable.

How to make hot chocolate better? ›

The 15 Best Things To Add To Hot Chocolate
  1. Sprinkle in warm spices. Take inspiration from the flavors of Mexican hot chocolate, and add warm spices like cinnamon, cayenne, and chile powder to your hot chocolate for a delightfully spicy drink. ...
  2. Mix in Nutella. ...
  3. Spike it. ...
  4. Swap regular sugar for maple syrup. ...
  5. Add a rim.
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What makes chocolate thick? ›

For instance, when chocolate comes into contact with even the smallest amount of water, it seizes. Similarly, if chocolate is overheated, it will become thick and lumpy.

Does cornstarch make hot chocolate thicker? ›

If the hot chocolate doesn't thicken, add a slurry of cornstarch and milk (dissolve ¼ teaspoon of cornstarch in a tablespoon of cold milk) to the hot chocolate and continue stirring over medium high heat until slightly thickened.

What's the difference between hot chocolate and Belgian hot chocolate? ›

The thicker, richer hot chocolate is also called “drinking chocolate”. Belgian ​​hot chocolate is made using melted chocolate, characterized by less sweetness and a thicker consistency. It is made primarily using dark chocolate but also has some milk chocolate mixed in.

Why is Mexican hot chocolate different? ›

Mexican hot chocolate contains spices like cinnamon and chili and chopped bittersweet chocolate to create a very rich but less sweet flavor. Whereas traditional American hot chocolate is usually made with a combination of cocoa powder and/or chocolate and tends to be more on the sweet side.

Why is Mexican hot chocolate better? ›

If you want a truly authentic experience, use Mexican chocolate. This type of chocolate has a lower sugar content and a more intense flavor. If you want a sweeter drink, add more sugar to taste. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the recipe to make it spicier.

Which chocolate is best for hot chocolate? ›

Homemade hot chocolate recipes contain very few ingredients, and the largest ingredient is chocolate, so be picky. Use dark or bittersweet chocolate. Milk chocolate will be too sweet, at least for most European tastebuds.

What is the secret ingredient in gourmet hot chocolate? ›

Marshmallows: The Unsung Hero

Believe it or not, the secret ingredient in gourmet hot chocolate is none other than marshmallows. These fluffy, sweet confections are the unsung heroes of the hot chocolate world, adding a delightful creaminess and hint of sweetness that takes the drink to a whole new level.

How to doctor up hot chocolate mix? ›

Ideas to Customize:
  1. 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or 1-2 drops pure peppermint extract.
  2. 1 shot whiskey, dark rum, or peppermint schnapps.
  3. Pinch kosher salt highly recommended for all flavor combinations.
  4. Pinch espresso powder will enhance the chocolate flavor.

What adds extra heat to hot chocolate? ›

Add a small amount of jalapeno (habanero or cayenne if you're brave) to your next cup of hot cocoa for a little heat and bite. Just make sure to go easy on the pepper: the heat of the hot cocoa will warm the spice, making it a little hotter than you might expect.

How to fix watery hot chocolate? ›

Here are a few:
  1. Adding corn starch or flour. ...
  2. Cocoa powder is also another way to thicken your hot chocolate or drinking chocolate. ...
  3. The correct ratio of chocolate to milk/liquid is the ideal way to improve thickness in your hot chocolate.
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How do I thicken my chocolate? ›

Using less cream will result in a thicker consistency for your ganache. For instance, instead of using equal parts chocolate and cream, use two parts chocolate to one part cream for a thicker consistency.

How to thicken chocolate milk? ›

Want it thicker? Try adding a teaspoon for cornstarch before blending. Make it a Chocolate Milkshake by adding vanilla ice cream!

What can I add to thick chocolate? ›

For small amounts of chocolate, add unflavored fats such as coconut or canola oil, butter, or shortening. Start by adding 1 teaspoon, and add more as needed to achieve the desired consistency.


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