Ghoulishly Rich Hot Chocolate

I’m warming up to winter!

Ghoulishly Rich Hot Chocolate

Oh my, it’s been cold and windy in Idaho.  We even saw a few snow flurries today and it’s had me dreaming of…

Ghoulishly Rich Hot Chocolate

12 ounce can evaporated milk

1-1/2 cups hot tap water
1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar (or stevia)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
Dash Salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Measure the water into a 1 1/2 to 2 quart sized sauce pan. Add the sugar, cocoa and salt. Stir the mixture up until the cocoa dissolves completely. Gently bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to a fast simmer and simmer it for about 5 minutes. This will prevent the cocoa and sugar from sinking to the bottom of the cup when you serve it. Finally, add the evaporated milk and stir to blend. Reheat briefly, but don’t boil. Pour the hot chocolate into small cups. This recipe makes 4 – 3/4 cup size servings. You can easily double it. It goes really well with cookies, or sandwiches for a good snack on a snowy day. Sometimes I make a large batch and fill my crock-pot, set on low, when my grands are sledding. Very European, rich and delicious, this will warm you right up!

Come back tomorrow for somethin’ yummy you can serve with this all Fall long!

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Debbie

    Hot cocoa is one of my favorite treats in the world. I might have to write a “simple pleasures” post on it sometime. I have to have cocoa weather to enjoy it.

    For some reason, I associate home made cocoa like this with camping out in the back yard. We would throw up a makeshift tent and adventure for the night. In the morning, the Duchess would have home made cocoa for us.

    I will definitely give this one a try when cocoa weather hits because I’m very fond of the taste of evaporated milk in things.

  2. La

    That’s some ghoulishly good-looking cocoa you have there. La

  3. Julie

    Hi! Oh I would love a cup today. It’s windy and chilly here today. No snow yet, so that’s a good thing.

  4. The Atwoods

    Thanks for stopping by our blog. I am loving the way that Hot Chocolate recipe sounds…perfect day for it! 🙂

  5. Julie Harward

    We are having the same weather here and I am drinking lots of hot chocolate too, love it! ;D

  6. tt.scraps

    Sounds delish! Thanks! I love your blog…it’s so much fun and warms me even without the hot cocoa!

  7. Jacqueline

    I have been craving hot chocolate lately as we had a skiff of snow yesterday! This looks so fabulous and the ghost is adorable.

  8. Lucinda

    I am definitely stealing this! Putting ghost peeps on the grocery list right now. My 6yo DD will LOVE this.

  9. Kate @ The Gaines Gang

    This is one I can’t wait to make. My kiddos and I love a good cup of hot chocolate…sure can’t wait till it gets cold here in Oklahoma!

    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Erin@likegrandmas

    We love hot chocolate in this house, so I will be making this for certain!

  11. Brandi

    that’s such a great idea to use the crock-pot!

  12. Holly

    I love this!! Those ghost peep are adorable-the hot chocolate sounds sooo comforting to me right now;)

  13. bookaddict4real

    I like how you warm up to winter!I think this is so cute please stop by and link up this recipe
    I think my followers would love [email protected]

  14. Jami

    This sounds so yummy! Is that a Peep?

  15. Lisa

    I love that little ghost marshmallow on top of your cocoa. He looks like he’s just out for a swim in all that chocolate richness.

  16. Southern Fried Gal

    This is simple and TOO cute! I am going to link back on my post today. It’s finally chilly here in Arkansas. Happy Halloween!

  17. Country Gal

    I love how you used to evaporated milk to make it really creamy! Yum!

  18. Gail at Victorian at Heart

    I also love hot chocolate and your recipe sounds wonderful. The addition of the “Peep” is so cute. In fact, I have some in my pantry so guess what’s for breakfast. Thanks for the yummy inspiration.

  19. ButterYum

    We love to sip on hot chocolate when the weather starts cooling down (like today). Brr…


  20. Madigan at madiganmade

    Oh, yum! Now I can’t decide if I am craving hot chocolate or a ghost peep?!

  21. Kathleen

    Oooh, noooo, I’m melting!
    Love the ghostly touch. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy

    I just shared my Hot Chocolate recipe on my blog too! Tis the season. I love your Ghost Peep too. I’ve got to go grab any they have left so I can do this! Adorable. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday’s.

  23. Cindy

    THANK YOU for the GREAT idea in using the PEEPS!! I will DEFINITELY be using this idea – for all cold weather holidays!!

  24. Judy@cutest-little-things

    Sounds divine! Thanks for sharing it with us!

    Just found your blog – it’s adorable! 🙂



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