Vanilla Hot Chocolate

Vanilla Hot Chocolate // @speckledpalate for @mycookingspot

This winter has been weird in Texas. Instead of consistent temperatures, ours have been waffling between the 80’s one day to the 20’s the next and everywhere in between.

It’s obnoxious, really, and I wish it would make up its mind, one way or the other.

I might be the only person who feels this way, but I desperately want to see snow before the winter ends… and we’re nearing the end, and there is NO snow in sight.

Vanilla Hot Chocolate // @speckledpalate for @mycookingspot

So I made us Vanilla Hot Chocolate. Because, if there’s not going to be any snow, we can at least bundle up indoors, watch a movie that features snow and pretend it’s happening outdoors for us.

Here’s how you can make this glorious drink, which makes enough for two (small) mugs or one giant:

Vanilla Hot Chocolate


  • 2 cups milk (dairy or non-dairy OK)
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla sugar
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetned cocoa powder
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 2 large marshmallows


  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Heat for 35 seconds on high, then remove and stir.
  3. Heat for an additional 45 seconds, then remove and stir.
  4. Pour the warm hot chocolate into two small mugs (or one large mug.)
  5. Top with marshmallows, toasting slightly if you desire, and enjoy warm!

Vanilla Hot Chocolate // @speckledpalate for @mycookingspot

Are you over winter? Would you like to send some snow my direction because you’ve had your fair share of it this season?

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Erin is a professional photographer and social media manager who has a penchant for baking and cooking. She discovered her love of all things in the kitchen during her collegiate years when she missed being able to cook her own meals, and as soon as she moved off campus, she began playing with her food... and has been doing so ever since. On her blog, The Speckled Palate, she shares tried and true favorite recipes from her kitchen, as well as new faves, as she creates new dishes and tinkers her way through some well-loved cookbooks.

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