Hot Chocolate

I hear that a good portion of this country is under a few feet of snow. I know I live in Colorado and people always assume that winters are horrible, but the truth is, Denver winters are quite mild and beautiful. So yesterday, despite the near 60 degree weather and not having worn a coat in two weeks, I made a nice cup of hot cocoa and bundled up on the couch to commune with those suffering under less friendly skies.

This cocoa was damn good. Warming and comforting and exactly what winter cuddles feel like. So if you are stuck in the snow make a cup to warm your bones, and if you aren’t make a cup just because it’s good!


  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • mug of milk (I used soy, dairy milk ain’t my jam)
  • 2 (ish) tbsp dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg


  • Start with a few tablespoons of milk in the bottom of your mug and mix in the cocoa and sugar, it’ll take a hot second and be thick and paste-like when you’re done. Fill the rest of the way full with milk and stir. Microwave for 1 minute.
  • Stir again, try to make it smooth and stick back in the microwave for another minute.
  • Add the chocolate chips, vanilla, and nutmeg. Stir. It should be mostly smooth, but I like to microwave for another 15-30 seconds just to make sure it’s all really well incorporated.

This hot chocolate isn’t super sweet, but the depth from the vanilla and nutmeg make you keep going back for more. Enjoy!


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