Homemade Christmas Cocoa Made Easy With this Kid-Friendly Recipe


Is there anything that speaks the holidays more than a warm cup of homemade hot cocoa? As soon as our Christmas tree and lights go up, my kids begin asking for hot chocolate, and I am happy to oblige.

Homemade hot cocoa accompanies us with many Christmas traditions around our home this time of year, including Christmas movies, holiday decorating, and light viewing. There’s just something magical and comforting about sipping on a cup of warm cocoa around the Christmas tree. Call me corny, but it’s these simple details that I look forward to each holiday season.

Simple Homemade Christmas Cocoa Recipe

Homemade hot chocolate is surprisingly simple to make with just a few ingredients, many which I already have on hand in my pantry and fridge. Whipping up a pot of hot chocolate goes a lot further for our big family than using the store bought packets.

Check out this simple recipe for homemade Christmas Cocoa that you can easily put together for you and your kiddos and enjoy with all your holiday festivities. This recipe can easily be doubled if you want to make more for a crowd. You can also use a non-dairy alternative for milk if you would prefer a dairy-free Christmas Cocoa. Let your kids join you in the kitchen and help you put this together by doing simple tasks like stirring, measuring ingredients, or topping their mugs with yummy, hot cocoa garnishes.

Fun Tip: Have a hot cocoa Christmas party by making a large pot of homemade cocoa and setting it out on a table with different garnish options. Let your friends and family enjoy a warm mug of homemade cocoa, topped with their garnishes of choice.


  • 2 Cups Milk of Choice (I use whole milk but you can easily substitute with a dairy-free alternative, such as almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, etc)

  • 2 Tbsp. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

  • 2 Tbsp Honey or Maple Syrup (can add more or less depending on how sweet you like it)

  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract

  • Mini Marshmallows, cinnamon, whipped cream, and/or peppermint sticks for garnish (optional)


  1. Warm the milk in a small saucepan over low heat.

  2. Gently whisk in cocoa powder, honey, and vanilla extract. Continue to whisk well to remove any lumps from the cocoa.

  3. If you prefer more a frothy hot cocoa, pour warm milk mixture into a blender. Blend until smooth, well-mixed, and frothy.

  4. Serve in your favorite mugs and top with your garnish options of choice. Enjoy!

What are your favorite holiday traditions that you enjoy sharing with your kids? Wishing you love and a warm cup of cocoa this holiday season!