While there are many things you could complain about when the cold weather hits, there are also lots of great things to enjoy during the winter months.  We love this homemade hot chocolate recipe that is quick and easy and is the perfect thing to whip up once that cold weather makes a regular appearance. Might as well embrace the winter months so be sure to check the Burlington Kids event calendar and the Burlington Kids Facebook page to find out what fun winter events and activities you can enjoy locally.

One of the best things about this hot chocolate recipe is that there are so many things you can add to suit your tastes and mood. Throw some marshmallows on top or a dollop of whip cream.  Kids love using a candy cane as a stir stick (which adds mint flavour) or pour a shot of liquor in for an adult friendly version.

This hot chocolate recipe can be doubled.  Quick note – when serving hot chocolate to kids, the temperature should be between 130F – 140F for them to be able to drink it and not burn their tongues!


  • 4 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 TBSP sugar (you can use honey or agave nectar as a subsitute but start with adding a TBSP at a time to taste the flavour)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups of milk (for real decadence, do half cream and half milk)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


1. Mix together the cocoa, sugar, salt, and 1/4 cup of milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat until cocoa and sugar are dissolved.

2. Add in the rest of the milk and heat it over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it is hot. Stir in the vanilla and serve.

If you like it frothy, you can use an immersion blender to froth it up a bit. Give this hot chocolate recipe a try and let us know what you think!



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