Homemade Hot Chocolate | Cocoa Recipe

homemade hershey syrup hot chocolate milk


Who doesn’t love a cup of homemade hot cocoa or chocolate milk, especially when you could use a little warmth in your body. As a child growing up in NY, I always loved coming in from the cold after a great day of sledding or running around in the woods, sipping some hot cocoa by a warm fire, or in the kitchen with my brothers and sisters. It just made an already good day, even better.

I now live in Florida with my own two little boys. We do not need to “warm up” that often, so I have been making a lot of homemade chocolate milk lately, but we do have a few cooler months, dare I say a “winter,” where a cup of hot cocoa hits the spot. I never buy pre-made hot chocolate milk powder, because the ingredients in store-bought options are just so unhealthy!

Using Hershey’s syrup is not an option for me either, thanks to the unattractive ingredients list: High Fructose Corn Syrup; Corn Syrup; Water; Cocoa; Sugar; Contains 2% Or Less Of: Potassium Sorbate (Preservative); Salt; Mono- And Diglycerides; Xanthan Gum; Polysorbate 60; Vanillin, Artificial Flavor.

This recipe was inspired by one of my favorite blogs to follow, 100 Days of Real Food, who uses pure maple syrup instead of honey.


homemade hershey syrup hot chocolate





•  1 cup of milk
•  1.5-2 tablespoons honey (I prefer the Raw honey)
•  1 tablespoon Cocoa powder or Cacao

Add the milk first, then add the cocoa powder and honey. Heat all the ingredients together on medium low, whisking it together until it reaches the desired temperature. Be careful not to burn the milk, where you will notice a film residue starting to form on the bottom of the pan.

If you enjoy marshmallows on top of your hot cocoa like I do, opt for marshmallow Fluff instead. The ingredients list is slightly more appealing than marshmallows….compare the two ingredients below. Fluff is far from “perfect,” but I am not always after perfection here, just better choices.

Marshmallow Fluff contains: Corn Syrup, Sugar Syrup, Dried Egg Whites and Vanillin.

Marshmallows contain: Corn Syrup, Sugar, Dextrose, Modified Cornstarch, Water, Contains Less than 2% of Gelatin, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate (Whipping Aid), Natural and Artificial Flavor, Blue 1. See what I mean? Always, always compare ingredients. Usually, the one with less, is the better option.

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