Hot Chocolate Pods

Hot Chocolate Pods Recipe l

There’s just something cozy about a chilly evening, a fleece blanket, and a big mug of hot chocolate (and, if I had a fireplace, a crackling fire!). While I like the packets of hot chocolate for the convenience, I really like homemade hot chocolate made with milk and real melted chocolate. Because I don’t always want to go through the extra steps of making it homemade, these hot chocolate pods are perfect for a last minute urge for a mug of hot chocolate!

Hot Chocolate Pods Recipe l

With only 3 ingredients, they take hardly any time to make. Plus, when you do take the time to make them, you get a big batch. I made a couple of different sizes of pods. One size is perfect for an individual cup of hot chocolate and the other size is great for sharing a cup of hot chocolate with a friend. And when you do want a cup of hot chocolate, all you have to do is stir a pod into a cup of hot milk. It’s that easy.

Hot Chocolate Pods Recipe l

These hot chocolate pods also make great hostess gifts, teacher gifts, or just a little something extra for a friend. Top them with marshmallows, sprinkles, peppermint candy, or whatever else you have on hand and you have a festive treat to match the season!

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Hot Chocolate Pods
Serves: 36 individual pods or 18 double pods
  • 21 oz or about 3½ C chopped chocolate (I used a combination of semi-sweet and dark chocolate. I wouldn't recommend all milk chocolate as it may get too sweet) - **Generic chocolate chips will not work for this recipe. Make sure to use a high quality baking chocolate or chocolate chip.**
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ C half & half or heavy whipping cream
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract, optional
  • marshmallow bits or mini marshmallows
  1. Place chopped chocolate in a large heat-safe bowl. Line mini muffin tin or regular muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. In a small saucepan, whisk together sweetened condensed milk and half & half over medium heat. Stir constantly to avoid scalding. When mixture just starts to boil, remove from heat. Stir in vanilla extract. Pour mixture over chocolate. Stir until smooth.
  3. Spoon chocolate mixture into cupcake liners filling mini liners to the top and regular liners about ¾ full. Top with marshmallows. Press down gently.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before transporting. Can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
  5. To prepare hot chocolate: For an individual pod, bring 8 ounces of milk just to a boil. Stir in pod until dissolved. Serve. For a double pod, bring 16 ounces of milk just to a boil. Stir in pod until dissolved and serve.

This recipe is adapted from Taste of Home.

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  1. Love this.. such a great idea!

  2. Oh my gosh, how cute are these!!!

  3. These are so cute and such a great gift idea!!

  4. These are such a great idea!! I love these and these with a mug are definitely perfect little gifts for all my friends!!

  5. They don’t stick to the paper?

  6. I looooove how cute and simple these lil pods are! Brilliant! And such a great gift idea too!

  7. Love this! I often give hot chocolate mix as gifts and wouldn’t mind changing it up with these pods instead of the homemade powder mix.

  8. How smart!! These would make an awesome gift!!

  9. Love this idea Jessica! I agree they would make great teacher gifts.

  10. these look delicious and beautiful!

  11. Jessica, these are so adorable. They’re getting made in bulk this year for sure!

  12. Those look so amazing and cozy! I want to give these away for Christmas! :)

  13. Super cute idea, might make a batch for a gift…. for myself. :)

  14. this is SUCH and amazing idea! So making a batch! 😀

  15. This is the cutest holiday gift idea ever. Is it horrible that I want to make these and gift them to myself? Eh, I’m gonna do it anyway. Pinned.

  16. These hot chocolate pods are so cool – such a good idea! I agree – nothing beats snuggling with a blanket, some hot chocolate or tea while just hanging out on the couch … with a book or good movie too : ) I love this time of the year : )

  17. Ok, Jessica, these are WAY too cute! I love hot chocolate made with real ingredients, much better than those packets. Can’t wait to make these.

  18. What a fantastic idea Jessica, I love the sound of these hot chocolate pods! These would certainly warm up any recipient’s heart and I simply love those cute snowflake mugs :)

  19. Such a cute idea – these are so much fun!! I made something kind of similar a few years ago for the holidays but it was more work so this is even better :)

  20. I love these! So perfect for the upcoming winter months and they’d make a great gift! Thanks for the recipe :)

  21. A day is always better with hot chocolate. This is always a special treat in the winter. I love this idea. Yes, real chocolate and milk is the way to go. Thanks for sharing!

  22. What a great idea! Now I know what I’m making for teachers and friends! :)

  23. Do you have to keep them refrigerated?

  24. I love this idea!! So cute!

  25. Awesome!! You’re right, these would be a great gift! Love the festive photos :)

  26. Jessica this is such a clever idea! I thin these would make excellent teacher gifts! I have to pin these!

  27. What a fantastic idea! I love this.

  28. What a great idea!!

  29. what a great idea! my husband is a huge hot chocolate fan. last year i made a big batch of mix (cocoa powder, dried milk powder, etc.) and it was good but these look phenomenal and so pretty!

  30. Very fun treat! :)

  31. This is the coolest idea ever!!! Love it!

  32. I agree with Julie. Definitely the coolest idea ever!

  33. I absolutely love this idea Jessica! What a fun and easy gift. There is nothing I enjoy more than a warm comforting mug of hot chocolate!

  34. These are so cute! They would be the perfect Christmas gift for a hot chocolate lover, I’m saving this for later!

  35. I made these last night and they have been in the freezer waiting to harden… why aren’t they? :( I was hoping to give these out. Any tips as to why?

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