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Polar Express Hot Cocoa Recipe

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The kids will be so excited about this Polar Express Hot Cocoa Recipe! It’s the perfect drink recipe to bring out the holiday fun! Pair this with your favorite hot beverages for winter, and drink them all!

You can enjoy this cocoa recipe after a day of sledding or make it to enjoy with the Polar Express movie. You can’t go wrong with however you choose to make and drink!

Grab your favorite mug and fill it full. Don’t forget to add the marshmallows and whipped cream because those are the best toppings!

Polar Express Hot Cocoa Recipe

My boys are never too old for me to make them a hot cup of hot cocoa! I love to make them this recipe – and I love to partake as well.

We make this every holiday season, and it’s become a tradition in our home. We have spent many holiday movies sipping this yummy drink!

I love that it takes minimal ingredients, but every sip has maximum flavor! My boys are also pretty obsessed with it because it’s one of the best flavors.

What are the best toppings for hot cocoa?

As winter temperatures drop, many individuals find themselves seeking comfort in the form of a warm, comforting beverage, such as hot cocoa.

While hot cocoa’s rich, chocolatey taste can stand on its own, adding toppings can elevate a basic cup of cocoa into a decadent treat.

But what toppings are the best for hot cocoa? Commonly used toppings include whipped cream, marshmallows, and chocolate shavings.

However, those looking for a more unique twist to their cocoa can experiment with toppings such as cinnamon, caramel, or even a pinch of sea salt.

Specialty Ingredients:

The following ingredients are affiliate links on Amazon because they may be a bit hard to find in your normal store.  I wanted you to be able to see exactly which things we are using.

Reminder, not all ingredients in the Simple Hot Chocolate Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for

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The following items can be found in my kitchen here at Miller Manor. Simply click the image that interests you – yes, they do contain affiliate links.

Must Have Resources:

When making Homemade Hot Chocolate at home, you really need to have the following Amazon affiliate tools on hand.

Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix, 0.85-Ounce Packets (Pack of 10)Land O' Lakes - Cocoa Classics, Variety Pack (34 count)Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa Mix, Regular, 50 per BoxNestle Hot Chocolate Mix, Hot Cocoa, Rich Chocolate Flavor, Made with Real Cocoa, 0.71 oz Packets (Pack of 50)3 Pack Silicone Mold for Hot Chocolate Bomb,Half Sphere Baking Mold for Making Chocolate , Cake, Jelly, Dome Mousse ,Handmade Soap (Blue)Sarah's Candy Factory Variety Dehydrated Marshmallow Bits, Vanilla Marshmallows in Jar, Assorted Marshmallows in Jar (Vanilla-Vanilla)Weetiee Cake Decorating Supplies Tips Kit – [Numbered] 42PCS Piping Tips and Bags Set with Storage Case, Icing Spatula, 12 Pastry Piping Bags, 3 Couplers, Cleaning Brush - Baking Supplies for CupcakesWilton Candy Melts Candy And Chocolate Melting Pot, 2.5 CupsWilton Candy Melts Candy Decorating Dipping Tool Set, 5-Piece


Make it a Meal:

Are you ready to make meal planning a breeze? Everyone will love how simple and easy it can be to stress less over food!

Main Dish: 12+ Crockpot Meals with Hamburger Meat

Vegetable Side: Creamy Ginger Carrot Soup Recipe

Starch Side: Garlic and Parmesan Steak Fries

Don’t forget Dessert: Pecan Pumpkin Cobbler Recipe

Best Drink Recipes:

Once you make this Hot Chocolate Drink Recipe, it’s time to add more drink recipes to your radar. Here are some of my favorite flavors that I know you’ll love!

This Copycat Starbucks Pink Drink Recipe is one of the best! Save money and make it at home.

I love how this Pumpkin Spice Drink Recipe tastes. Perfect for the fall!

These Spooky Drinks are perfect fun for Halloween!

Whip up a batch of this Cherry Vanilla Soda Fountain Drink Recipe!

Make this Sparkling Drink with Fruit the next time you want an easy recipe!

You won’t forget how yummy these Non-Alcoholic Peppermint Drink Recipes are!

Check out how easy it is to make these Red White and Blue Drinks for Kids!

Is hot cocoa and hot chocolate the same?

While the two terms are often used interchangeably, there is a subtle difference in their preparation. Hot cocoa typically consists of cocoa powder, sugar, and milk, while hot chocolate is made with packets you buy at the store and a little liquid.

Despite these differences, both beverages offer a comforting and indulgent treat on a chilly evening.

The next time you crave a warm drink at the end of a long day, consider experimenting with hot cocoa or hot chocolate to determine which variation best suits your tastes.

More Hot Chocolate Recipes:

Polar Express Hot Cocoa Recipe

Polar Express Hot Cocoa Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

You'll love how easy this Polar Express Hot Cocoa Recipe is to make!


  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


  1. Add the sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips to a dutch oven or heavy bottom saucepan over medium high heat.
  2. Stir the entire time until smooth.
  3. Add the milk, heavy cream, and vanilla. Whisk until combined.
  4. Serve with toppings.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1399Total Fat: 81gSaturated Fat: 50gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 193mgSodium: 390mgCarbohydrates: 146gFiber: 4gSugar: 140gProtein: 30g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 12/16/2023

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