Quick Hot Cocoa For One

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 1 serving


Treat yourself to a big mug of creamy hot chocolate with this quick-as-a-wink recipe. Perfect when the weather is not.


  • 1/2 cup dry NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Instant Nonfat Dry Milk
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Whipped cream or miniature marshmallows (optional)


COMBINE dry milk, sugar and cocoa in mug or cup; stir in boiling water. Garnish with whipped cream or miniature marshmallows before serving.

Add 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon to dry ingredients. Follow directions above; stir in 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract. Omit whipped cream and marshmallows.

Chocolate Goodness

by C. Cheryl , Atlanta, GA on Feb. 2010

What an easy and quick recipe. I like to substitue water for milk in addition to the Carnation Milk. Umm umm umm!

Very Easy

by S. STEPHANIE , AVON, NY on Nov. 2008

I just made a cup, and enjoyed it very much. I think it needs more vanilla, but then my mom as always told me to double the vanilla in every recipe!

extra chocolately

by k. kara , poland, OH on Oct. 2008

Good recipe, been using this one for years, except I use 2 heaping tsp of cocoa.

Creamy hot chocolate.

by T. Teresa , ELYRIA, OH on Sep. 2007

This is very good. I made it with skim milk to cut down on calories. Thanks!!!

Good bedtime snack

by G. Gail , EAST LANSING, MI on May. 2007

I love this idea, as you can make for one person and have great satisfaction. Thank you.


by K. KIMBERLY , OSCEOLA, IA on Jan. 2007

I fixed this for the kids when they came in from playing out in the snow and they loved it. It was a great way to heat them up inside and out. Thanks!

Quick Hot Cocoa For One

by J. Jennifer , WATERTOWN, NY on Dec. 2006

Oh my goodness this was truly great. It hit the spot, just right for me. thank you.


by K. Kathy , TOMBALL, TX on Nov. 2006

I had to try this as soon as I found the recipe. I made big batches of hot chocolate mix when all 4 of our kids were young. I haven't made it in years because I don't drink it often and the mix gets stale before I can drink it all. Plus, my husband is diabetic now. Now I can have a cup whenever I want and make one for my husband with artificial sweetener. Put a little coffee creamer in to add a little richness (vanilla flavored would be good). Definitely will make this again.

quick cocoa

by T. Therese , Coopersville, MI on Oct. 2006

This is so simple for the kids in the morning befor school on a cold day. They love it.

Quick Hot Cocoa For One

by P. Pattie , MANSFIELD, OH on Sep. 2006

This is a great recipe. It is so easy and handy to make for myself or my Grandson when he is here. It will definitely be a favorite at our house this winter.