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Rich & Creamy 5-Minute Microwave Hot Chocolate For One

January 17, 2013

Hello, friends! Hope you had a delightful holiday and that Santa brought you everything you wished for. Santa brought me everything I wished for – and the flu. I don’t remember putting that on my list.

But enough about me, let’s talk about chocolate. Specifically, hot chocolate – and I don’t mean the kind that comes in a packet. There’s nothing wrong with that kind, of course, but hot chocolate can be so much more. But before you start thinking that improving your hot chocolate is going to take a lot of effort and time, think again.

This hot chocolate whips up in 5 minutes in your microwave.

Yes, that is as awesome and dangerous as it sounds. I’m guilty of indulging in a cup at least once a week (often more). It’s so easy and decadent!

Rich & Creamy 5 Minute Hot Chocolate For One

First you heat real chocolate and a little bit of water in the microwave.

I know, I know. you’ve been told to never mix chocolate and water or bad things will happen. Well, it’s 2013. We’re living in the future, where it’s OK to mix water and chocolate. Just go with it.

Once it’s melty, stir it all up to make a luscious smooth chocolate sauce. Then drink it. No wait, that’s not right. I mean, you can drink it, but then you’ll have to start over.

I’ll wait.

Ready? Ok, add your cocoa powder, salt and vanilla. Stir again. Notice that it smells and looks just like brownie batter, but without the eggs. Resist the urge to drink it (again).

Rich & Creamy 5 Minute Hot Chocolate For One

Now slowly stir in enough milk or water to make a full cup of hot chocolate, and heat it up in the microwave until it’s hot.

BAM. Done. Amazingly creamy, rich hot chocolate in 5 minutes.

Use your newly discovered powers for good, OK?

PS. Adding toasted marshmallows is definitely a good idea.

Rich & Creamy 5 Minute Hot Chocolate For One

Rich & Creamy 5 Minute Hot Chocolate For One

Adapted from Brett Wilson
Serves 1

I don’t add any sugar because I like my chocolate dark. Feel free to add sugar to taste. Using milk will yield a richer, creamier hot chocolate, but it’s still great with just water. I use Ghirardelli 60% chocolate chips because it’s quick and I’m lazy. If you use chopped chocolate, make sure the pieces are small – no bigger than M&Ms or chocolate chips. You may have to experiment a little with the initial microwave time (15-20 seconds) and water amounts to get perfect results. I find 15 seconds and 1 3/4 tablespoons of water works perfectly for me. If you don’t get it just right? Your initial chocolate sauce won’t be perfectly smooth and may have visible chocolate flecks. Don’t panic and don’t throw it out! Keep going, it will still taste great. Then immediately make another cup… for practice ;)

Variation ideas: Stir in a tablespoon of peanut butter at the end, or add a splash (or two) of bourbon, or add a few drops of peppermint extract. The possibilities are endless!


45g (about 1.5 ounces or 1/3 cup) high-quality chocolate chips or bar chocolate (chopped)
1 to 2 Tablespoons cold water
1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
tiny pinch of salt
6 to 8 ounces milk or water
toasted marshmallows (optional)


Combine chips and water (just enough to just barely cover chocolate) in a 12-ounce microwave safe mug. Microwave on high for 15 seconds. Let sit for 2 minutes. (You may poke the chocolate to make sure it’s all covered by water, but DO NOT STIR until 2 minutes have passed.) After 2 minutes, stir thoroughly until a smooth chocolate sauce forms. If after stirring unmelted chocolate chunks remain, microwave for another 5 second and stir again. (If your sauce isn’t perfectly smooth, don’t panic. Just keep going!)

Add cocoa powder, vanilla and salt to mug. Stir until combined and mostly lump-free. While stirring, slowly pour in 6 to 8 ounces of milk or water. Microwave to desired temperature. (This takes about 2 minutes in my microwave, but keep an eye on it because it can boil over!) Stir and serve hot.

  1. January 17, 2013 1:23 pm

    YUM!!! Thanks for sharing – Have a Great One:)

  2. January 17, 2013 9:40 pm

    Love that last pic! So warm and cozy. I’m going to have give this a try since I gave away the rest of my hot chocolate mix and I’m craving warm and cozy drinks! It looks and sounds deliciously decadent.

  3. pinhappygirl permalink
    January 18, 2013 11:01 am

    Oh, this looks sooooo good! I have to try it. The chocoholic in me is drooling!

  4. January 18, 2013 7:21 pm

    Ohhh yummm, sounds perfect for a cosy up in winter. And I love that its fuss free!

  5. January 19, 2013 1:38 pm

    I’m going to give this a try now it’s snowing. Great photography. Please check out the food blog I have just started Thanks!

  6. January 19, 2013 4:21 pm

    Ooh, this hot chocolate sounds so decadent! I have a similar recipe but it just has cocoa powder. I’m definitely going to add real chocolate next time! My tip for even creamier hot chocolate is to cook it on the stovetop along with a handful of marshmallows. As it heats up, the marshmallows melt and become a delicious frothy topping.

  7. petit4chocolatier permalink
    January 19, 2013 11:10 pm

    Wow, love this. The pictures are great!!

  8. January 20, 2013 3:34 am

    Amazing photographs!

  9. January 21, 2013 1:06 pm

    Perfect for these cold Winter months.

  10. January 30, 2013 11:55 am

    yummy, I’d die to have this right now, btw I love the pictures too, really warm and comfy color ;)

  11. yumelicious permalink
    February 15, 2013 3:14 am

    feels like grabbing the cup right out of the screen! heading to the kitchen to make one…right now!

  12. yumelicious permalink
    February 15, 2013 3:16 am

    Reblogged this on Yum'e'licious and commented:
    A must try for all chocoholics out there!

  13. February 28, 2013 8:11 am

    I will be trying this on the weekend. Your photography is amazing and really makes the posts. Nice work. I am enjoying reading. Thank you.

  14. March 7, 2013 5:54 pm

    Thank you for visiting surreyKitchen. I love hot chocolate, especially when I am writing. I will be trying this out very soon. Fab photography!

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