Show yourself a little self care with a big mug of hot chocolate! Top with some torched marshmallows for some added indulgence, or serve up with a dollop of whipped cream! Made with just a few ingredients, this homemade hot chocolate for one recipe is the only one you’ll ever need!

Show yourself a little self care with this perfectly chocolatey hot chocolate for one! Top with some torched marshmallows for some added indulgence.

Single Serving Hot Chocolate for One

Hi, my name is Sarah, and I’m a chocoholic 🙂 I’ve been putting down a cup a day as soon as hot chocolate season starts (October in my opinion), and I think you’ll agree that nothing really compares to a big mug of liquid chocolate. And while it’s always better to drink homemade hot chocolate with a crowd, oftentimes it really is just me slurping on some, so we made the perfect recipe for homemade hot chocolate for one.

hot chocolate single serving being sprinkled with chocolate

Why Make Hot Chocolate from Scratch?

Now I know you may be asking yourself what’s so special about homemade hot chocolate when you could just use a pre-portioned packed of Swiss Miss. And you’re absolutely right! But in my opinion, nothing tastes better than homemade. You can customize it, make it to fit your dietary needs, and you know there aren’t going to be any preservatives, excessive sugar, or additives.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Ingredients:

Made with just 4 ingredients, this hot chocolate for one is a breeze to throw together. All you’ll need are these 4 ingredients:

  • Milk: any hot chocolate needs a creamy base! And the great thing about making hot chocolate for one is that you can make it with whatever you want. So if you’re dairy free, use a coconut milk or a creamy oat milk. If you’re real milk fan, go for a 1%
  • Cocoa Powder: It’s called hot chocolate for reason. You can make hot chocolate with melted squares of chocolate or cocoa powder, but we found melted chocolate was a little too thick. Use a high quality cocoa powder for the best flavor!
  • Vanilla: A splash of vanilla will take your hot chocolate for one  recipe from Swiss Miss to gourmet. Make sure you’re using pure vanilla bean extract and remember that a little goes a long way!
  • Salt: Salt is one of the most underrated baking ingredients and it’s no exception in this homemade hot chocolate for one. Salt works to enhance and deepen any sweet flavor. Just add a pinch!

single serving hot chocolate with chocolate shavings

What kind of chocolate to use in homemade hot chocolate?

As you know, when we’re developing recipes we try out every variation we can think of to make sure you’re getting the best single serving hot chocolate ever created.

The big question in homemade hot chocolate making is whether to use real chocolate bars or cocoa?

The verdict? We found that chocolate bars were just a little too rich for our taste, so we went with cocoa powder instead! You’ll still get a super chocolatey drink, but it won’t give you a stomachache.

That being said, if you are looking for a thiiiiiick hot chocolate, might we recommend this liquid gold tahini hot chocolate?

chocolate being poured into glass

How to make homemade hot chocolate?

Just three tips that should be pretty darn easy to follow:

  • Use high quality cocoa: If there is one rule to follow in the homemade hot cocoa game, it’s to use high quality ingredients. In simply recipes it is SO important to use high qual ingredients because they really shine through. We use Rodelle cocoa powder and cannot recommend it enough!
  • Don’t forget the salt: The salt will work to cut some of the sweetness and give your hot cocoa that fancy gourmet taste!
  • Use a thick milk: You can make this hot chocolate with any type of milk–almond, oat, coconut, 1%, 2%…whatever works for you, but we would recommend using a slightly thicker and creamier version whatever you decide. Because this hot chocolate for one is made with cocoa powder instead of real chocolate pieces

single serving of hot chocolate with marshmallows

So if you’re looking a for a sweet treat to warm you up on this dreary Winter Monday, look no further. And you know what goes well with a big ol’ mug of chocolate? A cinnamon roll.

Treat yoself.


Hot Chocolate for One

easy homemade hot chocolate for one topped with torched marshmallows

Show yourself a little self care with a big mug of hot chocolate! Top with some torched marshmallows for some added indulgence, or serve up with a dollop of whipped cream! Made with just a few ingredients, this homemade hot chocolate for one recipe is the only one you’ll ever need!

  • Author: Sofi | Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: drinks
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: american


  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ounce dark chocolate, optional*
  • splash vanilla
  • pinch of salt


  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, whisk together the milk, cocoa, and sugar.
  2. Whisk constantly until the cocoa and sugar have completely dissolved and the mixture is hot. If using chocolate, add the chopped chocolate and whisk until it is completely melted.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Pour into a mug* and top with marshmallows or whipped cream! Enjoy hot!


Tips for homemade hot chocolate for one:

* For a richer hot chocolate, you can add some straight chocolate! This will create a thicker, creamier hot chocolate and is totally optional!

*Feel free to use whatever kind of milk you want and fits into your diet!

*Make sure you use high quality cocoa! We recommend Rodelle!

*Feel free to adjust the sugar quantities to your taste! Like it sweeter? Add more. Want a darker chocolate taste? Add less.

*If you want to really treat yourself, warm your mug up in the microwave for a a minute to keep the hot chocolate hot longer!

Keywords: hot chocolate for one, homemade hot chocolate recipe

this perfectly chocolately homemade hot chocolate for one is the perfect single serving self care treat!



You’re speaking straight to my heart! And I’m a chocoaholic too!


Hi Sarah! My name is Sue and I am also a chocoholic! There is no help for us. There is just so much chocolate everywhere! Your recipe is delicious, but I need to add 1 ounce of melted dark chocolate to the milk. I can’t help it-more chocolate is always my solution!

Nazish Khan

This is yum, but I agree with Sue…for hopeless chocoholics like us, we do need to add a bit of melted dark chocolate!!! Also, the creamier version Of milk definitely works (like u’ve suggested) as with regular almond milk, the concoction turns out way too thin and watery!

Sofi | Broma Bakery

I hear you! Feel free to add a little something something to really up that richness 🙂

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