Make Your Own Hot Chocolate

Four recipes—using favorite flavor combinations—to make your own hot chocolate at home.

Nothing makes us enjoy winter more than coming in from the cold and enjoying a nice, steamy cup of hot cocoa. While these recipes call for specific vegan ingredients, feel free to use what you have in your cupboard.

Orange Hot Chocolate

Makes 2-3 cups

orange hot chocolate    

  • 3 cups non-dairy milk
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange 


In a saucepan over low heat, whisk together milk, cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla, orange juice, and zest. Once thoroughly combined and heated, pour into mugs and top with Dandies Mini Marshmallows. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa Mix

Yields: Approximately 3 cups of dry mix

pumpkin spice hot cocoa mix


  • Dandies Pumpkin Marshmallows
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 bag of vegan chocolate chips, frozen
  • 3 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • ½ cup powdered sugar 


Add frozen chocolate chips (it is very important that they’ve been thoroughly frozen) to a food processor and blend until chips have turned into a fine powder. In a mixing bowl whisk together chocolate chip powder, cocoa powder, pumpkin pie spice, powdered sugar, and cornstarch. Fill a Mason jar with cocoa mix and top with Pumpkin Dandies to make a great gift that will stay good for up to a month.

To make a cup of a hot cocoa, bring 1½ cups of non-dairy milk to a boil, add 3-4 Tbsp. of mix, and stir. Reduce heat and let simmer, stirring often to remove any clumps. Taste as you go: If you like your cocoa on the sweeter side, add an extra tablespoon of mix. Top with Pumpkin Dandies and enjoy!

Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Serves 2

peppermint hot cocoa


  • 1 handful of Dandies Peppermint Marshmallows
  • 4 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk
  • 4 Tbsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. peppermint extract
  • Crushed peppermint candies, optional garnish
  • Melted chocolate, optional garnish 


In a saucepan over medium heat, combine milk, cocoa powder, sugar, and peppermint extract. Whisk until all clumps have dissolved. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Optional: Dip the rim of a mug in melted chocolate, then into the crushed peppermint candies. Fill with hot cocoa, top with Peppermint Dandies Marshmallows, and enjoy!

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

Serves 2-3

peanut butter hot chocolate


  • 3 cups non-dairy milk
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup chopped dark chocolate or vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Handful of Dandies Mini Marshmallows  


In a saucepan over low heat, whisk together all the hot chocolate ingredients. Once thoroughly combined and heated, pour into mugs and top with Dandies. Up your game by drizzling on some additional peanut butter! The longer it sits the thicker it gets. If you prefer a thinner hot chocolate, you can add more non-dairy milk to reach the desired consistency.


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