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Sugar Pie Hot Chocolate
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5 from 2 votes

The Best Hot Chocolate Recipe

A rich, sweet, and decadent hot chocolate! This may be the best hot chocolate you've ever had.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hot chocolate recipe
Servings: 2 mugs
Calories: 417kcal
Author: Stef


  • 2 cups milk I prefer 2% milk in my hot chocolate, but any kind will do
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 ounce dark chocolate use your favorite dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder use your favorite unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup cassonade syrup substitute with golden syrup, maple syrup, date syrup, or even sorghum molasses, and have a little extra for drizzling


  • Heat milk in a small saucepan or in the microwave until hot but not boiling.
  • Melt butter in a separate small saucepan on medium heat.
  • Add dark chocolate to melted butter and stir until completely melted.
  • Stir in unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Whisk in hot milk a little bit at a time.
  • Whisk in cassonade syrup and continue to heat until mixture is nearly boiling.
  • Remove from heat and top with whipped cream, marshmallows, or both. Add an extra drizzle of syrup and serve immediately.


If you don't have cassonade syrup, you can make this recipe with light molasses, golden syrup, or another syrup of your choosing.


Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 1116mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 570IU | Calcium: 379mg | Iron: 4mg