I feel I must disclose that I have never enjoyed working on a post more than this one. I made hot chocolate everyday for a month. I combined milk with cream, milk with half and half, and half and half with cream. I used different combinations of light and dark chocolates, and then had to decide exactly how much vanilla paste and cinnamon to use! I finally found what I think is the perfect combination. Behold, comfort food at it’s finest: Spiced Hot Chocolate with Vanilla Whipped Cream!
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Spiced Hot Chocolate with Vanilla Whipped Cream in a colorful mug on a white plate with cinnamon sticks and chocolate chips


How to Make Spiced Hot Chocolate with Vanilla Whipped Cream:

The Organic Kitchen Spiced Hot Chocolate is made the old fashioned way, on the cooktop with real chocolate and real cream. No powdery mix and boiling water here. Real, rich and delicious!

A mug of Spiced Hot Chocolate with Whipping Cream in a plate with chocolate chips and cinnamon sticks

Let’s Talk Cinnamon and Vanilla!


I take traditional hot chocolate a bump it up a few notches by using real chocolate, a hint of cinnamon and a beautiful vanilla paste. This  recipe will surly be a family favorite in no time. Dishes in this post are from my favorite store Anthropologie !

A close up of chocolate chips and cinnamon sticks on white plate with a mug of Spiced Hot Chocolate with Vanilla Whipped Cream

The Vanilla:

You can use vanilla extract in this recipe but I prefer Nielsen Massey Vanilla Paste. It doesn’t have that strong alcohol flavor and tastes great straight out of the bottle. If you use vanilla frequently it’s a much better deal to buy the quart!

Spiced Hot Chocolate with Vanilla Whipped Cream


The Recipe: Spiced Hot Chocolate with Vanilla Whipped Cream

You will need: Vanilla paste available in 4oz and quart size (I recommend getting the quart, saves lot’s of money in the long run!) affiliate link

Spiced Hot Chocolate with Vanilla Whipped Cream
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
8 mins

A rich and creamy hot chocolate topped with vanilla whipped cream.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dessert recipe, kid-friendly recipes, winter recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Hot Chocolate:
  • 3 cups 2% milk (my raw milk drinking friends...knock yourselves out! It will be really rich but you are used to that!
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup Bittersweet Chocolate chips 60% cacao
  • 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp vanilla paste
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 small pinch sea salt
Vanilla Whipped Cream:
  • 1/2 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar or liquid stevia drops to taste
Hot Chocolate:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized pot on medium heat. Stir with a whisk till chocolate is melted and all ingredients are blended well. When milk/cream mixture is steaming remove from heat. Pour into mugs and top with vanilla whipped cream.
Whipping Cream:
  1. Place cream in large bowl and whisk by hand or use mixer till cream is slightly thick. Add vanilla and sugar. Continue beating till desired consistency.


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