Cooking

Ultimate Homemade Hot Chocolate

Dec 20, 2023
By Molly Allen

Chilly winter evenings call for time spent around the fire with a mug of hot chocolate. And the ultimate hot chocolate is made with only three ingredients and piled high with all of your favorite toppings. 

A mixture of milk, cocoa powder, and sugar heated over the fire will result in a rich, creamy drink that’s sure to warm you up. Put together a tray of topping options, including marshmallows, crushed peppermint, chocolate chips, and other festive candies, so everyone can top their own ultimate drink. Don’t forget the whipped cream!

This recipe serves 1 but can easily be doubled in the pot for a larger batch. 

Equipment

Mesa XL, Cooking Ring, Cooking Pot

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups whole milk

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Toppings

  • Whipped cream

  • Crushed peppermints

  • Mini marshmallows

  • Holiday sprinkles

  • Mini chocolate chips

Step 1: Fire Up Your Mesa

Start a fire in your Mesa tabletop firepit. Cook down small pieces of wood to create a base of hot coals with a small flame.

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Step 2: Whisk the Ingredients Together

In a campfire pot, add the milk, cocoa powder, and sugar. Whisk until thoroughly combined.

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Step 3: Warm the Hot Chocolate

With a low flame in Mesa, heat up the hot chocolate mixture for three to five minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk.

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Step 4: Pour and Top

Pour the hot chocolate into mugs. Dress up with whipped cream and your favorite toppings.

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Additional Hot Chocolate Flavor Ideas

Want even more ways to customize your hot chocolate for the ultimate drink? Try these mix-ins.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate: Mint and chocolate go hand in hand. Add a teaspoon of pure peppermint extract to the mix.

Boozy Hot Chocolate: Add a shot to your mug! Try it with coffee liqueur, Irish cream, amaretto, or your favorite bourbon.

Orange Hot Chocolate: Take inspiration from those festive holiday chocolate oranges. Add the zest of half of an orange to the pot.