With only two (three, if you count the milk) ingredients, this is absolutely the easiest recipe for hot chocolate ever. My kid is pretty fussy and now he will not touch any package or mix ever again. And there’s absolutely no need for him to.
My friend Theresa Albert first shared this recipe with me almost ten years ago, and I haven’t been tempted to try any others (although this spiced hot cocoa recipe is pretty highly regarded). Theresa is a holistic nutritionist and food communications expert who runs the Stratford B&B Rosehurst Stratford. She told me that cocoa is an anti-aging, anti-inflammatory super food that is full of antioxidants. Her take on this classic comfort drink will have you wondering how you tolerated anything before; it’s delicious and nutritious
Theresa advises that the key to this hot chocolate recipe is using a good quality cocoa powder. When choosing a brand, look for one that does not say “Dutch processed.” You want one that has only cocoa powder in its ingredient list. A cocoa powder that is (Dutch) processed uses an alkali that diminishes the quantity (by half!) of the antioxidants.
So basically this hot chocolate is actually good for you!
The Easiest Recipe for Hot Chocolate, Ever
- 2 tsp pure cocoa powder
- 2 tsp pure maple syrup
- boiling water
- milk or milk alternative
Prep and Cook
- 1Mix the cocoa powder and maple syrup together in a mug.
- 2Fill the mug 2/3 full with freshly boiled water.
- 3Stir or whisk well, removing all lumps, and top up the mug with milk or your preferred milk alternative.