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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!

Hot Chocolate Pods Recipe l

Hot Chocolate Pods

Yield: 36 individual pods or 18 double pods
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes


  • 21 ounces or about 3 1/2 Cups 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 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 Cup half & half or heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons 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 3/4 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.

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This recipe is adapted from Taste of Home.


Tuesday 14th of December 2021

I must have used the wrong chocolate. I couldn’t get then out of my muffin tins.

Jessica@A Kitchen Addiction

Thursday 16th of December 2021

Did you line the muffin tin with cupcake liners? The chocolate will stick to the tin if there is no liner. :( I'm sorry they didn't work out for you.


Friday 29th of November 2013

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?

Jessica@A Kitchen Addiction

Friday 29th of November 2013

Oh, and I just fished your other comment out of spam (I have no idea how it got there!). I have had a batch at room temperature for 2 1/2 weeks and they have been fine. I also had a batch in the refrigerator for other a month and they were fine.

Jessica@A Kitchen Addiction

Friday 29th of November 2013

The only thing I can think of was that the mixture didn't reach a boil so it didn't get hot enough to harden when cooled. Also, if you didn't use real chocolate, that could affect it. Other than that, I'm afraid I don't know why! I am sorry!

In Search Of Yummy-ness

Sunday 24th of November 2013

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


Thursday 21st of November 2013

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!

Tammy Northrup

Wednesday 20th of November 2013

I agree with Julie. Definitely the coolest idea ever!

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