5 from 3 votes

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Recipe

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate is a cozy and sweet warm winter drink with its creamy blend of cinnamon and chocolate. 

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Serve it in a mug topped with whipped cream, star anise and cinnamon sticks. The best part is that it’s ready to enjoy in 10 minutes.

Drinking hot chocolate reminds me so much of childhood. I remember spending the day on the snowmobiles and then heading home to warm up with hot chocolate. Back then it was the powdered kind, but I didn’t mind. This homemade version is even better.

You might also like this Gingerbread Latte or Slow Cooker Chai Latte.

Ingredients

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    To make this sweet hot drink, you’ll need the following ingredients.

    • Milk: Use it either 2% or whole milk for a creamier beverage.
    • Chocolate chips: I prefer to use semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you can also try milk chocolate or dark chocolate.
    • Cocoa powder
    • Cinnamon
    • Vanilla extract: I prefer real vanilla extract, but artificial will also work. You can make your own homemade vanilla extract if you like!
    • Nutmeg

    Garnishes

    • Whipped cream
    • Cinnamon sticks
    • Star anise
    ingredients to make cinnamon hot chocolate

    How to Make

    1. In a medium pot, heat the milk and chocolate chips together over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the chocolate has melted, about 5 minutes.
    2. Add the cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract and nutmeg and stir for an additional 3 minutes.
    3. Pour into mugs and serve warm with whipped cream, cinnamon sticks, and/or star anise for garnish.

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    Storage Instructions

    You likely won’t have any leftovers (it’s that good!), but if you do, this is what you need to do. 

    Let the hot chocolate come to room temperature. Put in a covered container in the fridge for up to three days.

    When you are ready to enjoy again, you can heat it up in the microwave (make sure you don’t boil it though) or on the stovetop.

    cinnamon hot chocolate in a glass mug wrapped in a cream knitted blanket

    Can I double or triple this recipe

    Yes, definitely! If you aren’t making hot chocolate for one, feel free to double it up for more people to enjoy.

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    Recipe Tips & Tricks

    • If you prefer a really creamy and decadent hot chocolate, use half and half in place of the milk. 
    • To make it dairy free, use almond milk and dairy free chocolate chips.
    • To cut some calories, use skim milk. Note that it will not be as creamy and rich.
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    What is the difference between Hot Cocoa and Hot Chocolate

    Hot chocolate is way more popular where I live and I hear about people enjoying it more than hot cocoa.

    So what is the difference? According to Kitchn, hot cocoa is made with simply milk, sugar and cocoa powder. It’s a lighter drink than hot chocolate.

    On the other hand, hot chocolate is richer and thicker made with melted chocolate, hot water/milk/cream and vanilla. It doesn’t have the added sugar like hot cocoa since the chocolate has sugar in it already.

    cinnamon hot chocolate in a glass mug

    Hot Sweet Beverages to Enjoy

    You’ll also like Grandma’s Cinnamon Coffee Cake.

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    5 from 3 votes

    Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 1
    Prep Time 2 minutes
    Cook Time 8 minutes
    Total Time 10 minutes
    This cozy and sweet warm winter treat is a creamy blend of cinnamon and chocolate. Serve in a mug topped with whipped cream, star anise and cinnamon sticks. Ready in 10 minutes!

    Ingredients
     
     

    • 1 ½ cup milk
    • ¼ cup chocolate chips
    • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
    • 1 tsp cinnamon plus more for garnish
    • ½ tsp vanilla extract
    • pinch nutmeg
    • whipped cream cinnamon sticks, star anise, etc for garnish (optional)

    Instructions

    • In a medium pot, heat the milk and chocolate chips together over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the chocolate has melted, about 5 minutes.
    • Add the cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract and nutmeg and stir for an additional 3 minutes.
    • Pour into mugs and serve warm with whipped cream, cinnamon sticks, and/or star anise for garnish.

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    Notes

    I’ve found that semi-sweet chocolate chips work best, but feel free to use your preferred type (ie. milk chocolate, dark chocolate, etc).

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1g | Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 197mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 25g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Beverages
    Cuisine American
    Keyword cinnamon hot chocolate, cinnamon hot chocolate recipe, hot chocolate

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