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Landmark Hot Chocolate

With or without a nip of rum, my hot chocolate recipe has been a Wisconsin winter warmer for years. When the toboggan hills are calling, I skip the whipped cream and take a thermos to go. It’s always a hit and it ensures nobody is left out in the cold! —Mark Phillips, Bayfield, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    1 serving


  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate candy bar, chopped
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • Vanilla rum, optional
  • Heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • Additional cinnamon stick, optional


  • Heat the first five ingredients over medium heat in a small saucepan just until mixture comes to a simmer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir until smooth. Remove cinnamon stick; add rum if desired. Pour into a mug; top with whipped cream. Garnish with cinnamon stick if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 680 calories, 51g fat (32g saturated fat), 130mg cholesterol, 64mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (46g sugars, 5g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • gina.kapfhamer
    Nov 8, 2018

    Why have I never thought to add VANILLA rum to hot cocoa? This is delicious and so chocolaty. The perfect drink recipe for the winter months!

  • mariegel
    Dec 6, 2015

    I am a die-hard chocolate lover and this hot chocolate is very, very chocolaty! I used Special Dark chocolate and used a little less sugar than the recipe stated. I omitted the rum, however, and it turned out delicious!

  • mystique054
    Oct 27, 2013

    This recipe is for hard core chocolate lovers! I used Baker's brand semi sweet baking chocolate squares, and followed the recipe exactly. It turned out so thick, rich, and creamy, it's almost sinful... My new favorite hot chocolate recipe, for sure!

  • bagrommet
    Feb 3, 2013

    OMG this is SO good - used 1/2 & 1/2 since I didn't have any heavy cream and a 1.3 oz bar of Hershey Special Dark. I also added just a pinch of salt to pop the chocolate (no rum!). It was so rich and thick I can't image what it would be like made with heavy cream. This is going to be my new special treat.