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Easy Hot Chocolate for One

This easy hot chocolate recipe is made with just three simple ingredients. It’s quick and delicious, perfect for those times when you need some hot chocolate NOW.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 188kcal
Author Tracy


  • 2 tablespoons (25g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (7g) cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup milk any percentage
  • Pinch of salt
  • Whipped cream optional for topping
  • Mini marshmallows optional for topping


  • In a small saucepan, over medium heat, combine sugar, cocoa powder, and water. Stir until sugar and cocoa powder dissolve.
  • Add milk and salt and stir. Heat until the mixture reaches your desired temperature, stirring occasionally.
  • Pour into an 8-ounce mug and top with optional whipped cream or marshmallows if desired. Enjoy!


Microwave Instructions: Combine cocoa powder, sugar, and water in a mug. Stir until well-mixed and microwave for 15 seconds. Stir until smooth and then add milk. Microwave 1 to 1 ½ minutes, until steaming. Stir once more, and enjoy!
Approximate nutritional information was calculated using non-fat milk and does not include optional toppings. 


Calories: 188kcal