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3 Ingredient Hot Cocoa in the Microwave – Made from Scratch

by Stephanie

I just love Hot Cocoa and Hot Chocolate, and it’s so easy to make from scratch! Make 3 ingredient Hot Cocoa in the Microwave in just a couple minutes by heating the milk in the microwave.

Title image with a close up image of a clear mug of hot cocoa topped in whipped cream on a red bandana print placemat.

Ingredients to make Homemade Hot Cocoa in the Microwave

It takes just 3 ingredients to make this delicious hot cocoa.

Ingredients to make 3 ingredient hot cocoa in the microwave
  • milk (whole or 2%)
  • unsweetened cocoa (regular or dark)
  • white sugar

How do you make Hot Cocoa in the Microwave?

This is incredibly easy, and I swear my kids love it more than using a hot chocolate mix packet with watery.

I usually pour in the cocoa and the sugar into the mug I’m going to serve the hot cocoa in and set it aside.

Then, I heat up the milk in a pyrex glass pitcher.

Those glass pitchers come in 1 cup, 2 cup and 4 cup sizes, and I use them all the time. From making tea to making gravy to melting butter — all in the microwave. I cannot live without a set of them.

Heat the milk up in 15-20 second intervals. Stir the milk after each time and heat again. It usually takes about 60 seconds total in my microwave, which is 1000 watts, and I heat the milk on HIGH.

If you have a higher wattage microwave, like 1500 watt, I would recommend dropping to 70% power. For an 800 watt microwave, it usually takes about 90 seconds on medium and 60 seconds on high.

Once you can see steam coming off the milk, it’s definitely hot enough.

milk, sugar, and cocoa added together to make hot cocoa

Pour the milk into the mug and stir until everything is completely mixed up and there is no more cocoa or sugar you can see.

Top with your favorite things like marshmallows, crushed peppermints, and whipped cream.

Recipes perfect for Hot Chocolate

3 Ingredient Hot Cocoa
Yield: 1-2 servings

3 Ingredient Hot Cocoa

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 3 minutes


  • 1 cup of milk (2% or whole)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar


  1. Pour 1 cup of milk into a microwave-safe cup or pitcher and heat in 20-second increments. Stir after each time.
  2. When the milk is steaming, it's ready.
  3. Add the sugar and cocoa and stir until completely dissolved.
  4. Then pour into mugs.
  5. Top with your favorite toppings such as marshmallows and whipped cream.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 115mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 1gSugar: 37gProtein: 9g

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