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stove top spiked hot chocolate

stove top spiked hot chocolate

Have you ever made stove top hot chocolate? Not from a mix, but just a few simple ingredients heated in a small pan on the stove. It’s truly not any more difficult than mixing up a cup of hot chocolate from a mix. Well, perhaps slightly more involved, but really not much. For the record, I’m not opposed to mixes. I love the variety of flavors that come out in the stores during the holidays. French vanilla, mint, caramel – all of them are fabulous. But the truth of the matter is, I don’t always keep a mix on hand out of pure laziness.

But that doesn’t mean that I don’t crave a creamy cup of cocoa quite often during the chilly months. And on a Friday night, that creamy, chocolatey mug becomes a fabulous base for a simple cocktail.

stove top spiked hot chocolate

This stove top spiked hot chocolate is simply a starter recipe for any of your favorite spirits. Rum, flavored vodka, cinnamon schnapps – all are good options. It’s simply whole milk, a splash of half and half with some good quality cocoa powder and confectioners sugar that creates a smooth, intensely creamy cup of cocoa.

It’s one of my favorites this time of year. Curling up on the couch with a mug of this stove top spiked hot chocolate is my definition of a good night. Well, it would be a perfect night if I was watching my newest DVR’d Christmas movie.

Tell me I’m not the only one who gets sucked into those movies. Is it just me? Well, watch what you’d like, but make yourself and your sweetie a mug of this hot chocolate and you’re in for a great night.

stove top spiked hot chocolate

Happy Friday!

Stove Top Spiked Hot Chocolate Recipe

Yield: 2 mugs

Prep Time: 5 mintues

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


12 ounces whole milk
4 ounces half and half
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 ounces spiced rum or marshmallow vodka


Add first 5 ingredients to a small sauce pan set over medium low heat. Bring to barely a simmer, whisking to dissolve sugar and cocoa powder. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Remove cinnamon stick and add rum or vodka. Divide between two mugs and enjoy!
December 5th, 2014

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4 comments on “stove top spiked hot chocolate”

  1. I’m definitely a sucker for those Christmas movies too! They are just so magical (in the cheesiest of ways). This hot chocolate sounds amazing. I might have to cozy up to a big mug of it tonight.

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  3. i would love to try all three varieties

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