Vanilla Hot Chocolate for One

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Vanilla Hot Chocolate for One is a sweet way to comfort yourself on a cold day. Self-care comes in many forms, and sometimes that's a mug of real hot chocolate made from scratch, just the way you like it. And you don't even have to share.

  • Author: Renee Rendall
  • Prep Time: 1
  • Cook Time: 2
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


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  • 1 heaping teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 2 heaping teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cream (or milk if you don't have cream in your fridge)
  • Milk to top up to six ounces


  1. In a mug or microwave safe measuring cup, stir together cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla, and cream to form a paste. Add milk in slowly, stirring as you go, until your mug is full or you're up to six ounces in your measuring cup. Stir or whisk until smooth.
  2. Heat this in the microwave for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes depending on how hot you like it. Give the hot chocolate another stir and transfer to a mug if it's not already in there.
  3. Add booze and/or whipped cream and/or marshmallows to our hearts content.
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