hot chocolate recipe with marshmallows

A Better Hot Chocolate Recipe

It’s chilly out and you’re debating on Swiss Miss or an amazing hot chocolate recipe. You remember reading this post and stop all thoughts of taking a short cut. Agreeing that an extra 5 minutes is definitely worth the amazingness that could hit your taste buds instead. Because there is a better hot chocolate recipe, and its called Colombian Chocolate *pronounced cho-ko-latte*. A rich, foamy chocolate drink commonly consumed in the morning with breakfast, but never turned down day or night.

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Growing up in in South Florida, my taste buds had access to this other worldly delight from a young age. However, my greedy self hadn’t ever paid attention to how it was made until my late 20’s. I’m not sure what I expected. Surely some complicated song and dance, possibly a bit of magic. But no. Just a few simple ingredients, 5 minutes, and BOOM. Some of the best hot chocolate I’ve ever have. Some of the best hot chocolate you’ll ever have. And I’d dare to say, the best hot chocolate recipe around town.

Stovetop Hot Chocolate

5 from 3 votes
Recipe by Susanna Grace Course: Breakfast, DrinkCuisine: ColombianDifficulty: Easy


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Colombian Hot Chocolate is an experience. Nothing like the powdery packets. It’s rich and creamy and slightly frothy without any unnecessary additives. Best part? You’ll have a mug of delicious ready in under 10. Many Central and South American countries make similar hot chocolate drinks!


  • 3/4 cup 3/4 Milk

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 Water

  • 1 square 1 Chocolate – Such as Luker, SOL, or Corona

  • 1 ts 1 Sugar

  • 1 pinch 1 Salt

  • Optional pinch Optional Cayenne

  • Optional pinch Optional Cinnamon


  • Pour milk and water into a medium size pot, or a traditional chocolatera, and turn to medium high heat.
  • When milk starts to steam and small bubbles form around the edge, stir in sugar and optional spices.
  • Next, add 1 square of chocolate and stir continuously. You will notice the chocolate melt quickly turning the milk brown.
  • Once the square is dissolved you can whisk vigorously, use an immersion blender, or use a traditional molinillo to froth the milk. While you are free to skip this step… who doesn’t like a good froth?!

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  • I enjoy whole milk. However, any milk or milk substitute can be used. I prefer the ratio of milk and water I noted above, however, you leave the water out! Definitely experiment with this recipe as a guideline. I’m thinking a hint of mint would be a wonderful winter treat.
  • Sugar is left to personal taste. If I serve over marshmallows I leave the sugar out! Start with 1 ts and go from there. It’s always easy to add more if needed. Sugar substitutes also work perfectly fine.
  • Marshmallow Tip: Place them in my mug first so that every bit of chocolatey goodness melts them to pure perfection. Trying to cram them on top of a hot liquid has never worked well for me.
  • Many areas of Colombia add a hunk of cheese to the bottoms of a mug before adding the chocolate. The salty flavor of the mozzarella is an incredible compliment to the dark, creamy chocolate. However, I don’t normally have fresh mozzarella laying around, and substitute a pinch of salt in its place. Pure magic. What a difference a bit of salt makes.
  • While cinnamon is kid friendly, cayenne is typically not. On an extra cold winter night, I enjoy a dash of cayenne as the heat pairs beautifully with salt and cinnamon. Both are totally optional! But you won’t know until you know. So give it a try!
  • Please note the nutritional information below was calculated using a calculator designed by: Verywell Fit. This information is accurate to the best of my knowledge, but should not be taken as medical advice 🙂 

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Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 8g 13%
    • Saturated Fat 5.2g 26%
  • Cholesterol 18mg 6%
  • Sodium 97mg 5%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 158mg 5%
  • Total Carbohydrate 21.4g 8%
    • Dietary Fiber .5g 2%
    • Sugars 19.6g
  • Protein 7.1g 15%
  • Calcium 19%
  • Iron 2%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Serve It Up

This cup of goodness is so versatile. Easy to dress up or down. Doused in marshmallow, dabs of Cool Whip, poured over vanilla ice cream, or consumed traditionally with a hunk of fresh mozzarella. It pairs perfectly with any breakfast, serves as a toasty afternoon warm up, and hits the spot as an after dinner sweet treat.

Most commonly, chocolate is consumed in the mornings or afternoons along with a bread item of sorts, such as an arepa, pandebono, or almojábana. I’m crazed about pandebonos and almojábanas…they’re both on my list to learn how to make. Think pillowy clouds of cheese bread, slightly sweet and piping hot inside. Firm on the outside, soft on the inside. One dunk into this hot chocolate and I swear, the literal heavens part and angles start singing.

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Thankfully, the neighborhood I live in is just a 5 minute drive from Manolo’s Latin Bakery here in Charlotte. I was over the moon to discover that they whip up a handful of Colombian baked goods daily. Including my favorites- the pandebono and almojábana. Don’t have access to a Central or South American bakery of sorts? I’ve paired this hot chocolate recipe with a humble piece of buttered toast or fresh baked cookies. Equally as divine.

I’d love to know if you give this a try! And what your favorite hot chocolate flavor combinations are. Inspiration can strike from anywhere, and I live to try combos that come recommended. Go ahead and drop a comment down below!

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  1. Samantha Denefe

    I need to try the Cayenne!!!

    Not sure about the mozzarella tho. I would try it at a restaurant…but probably wouldn’t put that together at home because I would mess it up.

  2. I can never go back to Swiss miss again- you’ve ruined me ;). Any suggestions for making this an adult beverage?

    • Susanna Grace

      HAHA. The best kinda ruin 😏 I’m a Bailey’s girl through and through. Would totally add to this in a heartbeat. Frangelico or Kahlua would also be fab. Tbh I haven’t tried these… and not sure why I’ve never spiked this. What’s wrong with me LOL Def will hit with Baileys first. Side note: the Bourbon Cream that Rock Town makes would be heaven in this.

  3. Oh my goodness!!! This is a must!!! My heart is dipped in chocolate so this 👆 oh my goodness!!! This 🙌

    • Susanna Grace

      Hey hey!! You are the sweetest. So glad we’ve connected! Hoping you find recipes easy to follow, super informative, and the how tos helpful in your kitchen journey. Lots more to come in the near future. Stay tuned 🙂

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