Mama’s Single Serve Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Creme


It’s hard to believe more than ten years have gone by since our Associate Editor, Sarah Hatfield of No Whey Mama, initially shared this single serve hot chocolate recipe with us. Since it has been so long, she wanted to revive the recipe with new photos and details.

Mama's Single Serve Hot Chocolate Recipe with Marshmallow Creme - Dairy-free, Allergy-friendly and optionally Vegan

With four kids in the house, I tend to make big batches of dairy-free hot chocolate these days. But it’s time to re-up this recipe I shared with Alisa years ago because a quick and easy single serve hot chocolate is still great for when you need just one mug of cocoa–or are out of dairy-free hot chocolate mix! It uses ingredients you probably already have in the house and is ready in minutes.

The marshmallow creme topping idea is one I got from a Diane Mott Davidson mystery. I love that it’s a quick and easy dairy-free substitution for whipped cream, but it still gives you that marshmallow flavor. The best of both worlds!

Go Dairy Free reader Morgan recommends using confectioner’s sugar instead of granulated sugar, which is a a great substitution. For a less sweet cup of hot chocolate, you can reduce the sugar by one tablespoon or use plain or unsweetened dairy-free milk instead of vanilla.

Mama's Easy Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Creme - dairy-free, allergy-friendly and vegan optional

Special Diet Notes: Mama’s Easy Hot Chocolate

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, and peanut-free. Optionally soy-free, nut-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

Mama's Single Serve Hot Chocolate
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This simple recipe was adapted from Hershey's.
Serves: 1 serving
  1. Whisk the sugar, cocoa, and salt together in a large mug.
  2. Heat the milk beverage in the microwave on high for 90 seconds or until hot.
  3. Gradually whisk the hot milk into the cocoa mixture until smooth. Or you can use this fun self-stirring mug.
  4. Top with marshmallow creme, if desired.

Key Pantry Supplies: Single Serve Hot Chocolate

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About Author

Sarah is the Associate Editor for Go Dairy Free. Her previous experience includes work as a copy editor at Thoroughbred Times magazine, a content writer at, and an intern at Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Sarah was a 'mom blogger' for many years but now mostly hangs out on Go Dairy Free and Instagram.


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  2. misskitty914 on

    Holy Grail of Cocoa:  i adore cocoa so much that i drink it year round, cold in the summer.  so when i became vegan i was distraught that every alternative milk i tried tasted terrible with cocoa.  think of it like painting walls with red paint – it seems like a dark color but in fact, it’s the sheerest and if you don’t use dark primer, it will never look right.  likewise, chocolate seems like an intense flavor but it is easily overwhelmed by anything other than cow’s milk, often leaving behind an aftertaste of rope (despite so many recommendations of adding cinnamon/cayenne) or too watery.

    finally, in desperation, i tried the very last alternative milk on the market, Pacific Brand’s non-dairy OAT milk.  cocoa nirvana at last:  it’s creamy enough, doesn’t compete with the taste of cocoa and leaves no aftertaste.  i sweeten mine with a PINCH of organic stevia (man, that stuff is potent!).  NOW try all those vegan cocoa recipes!

    if you just adore soy milk or some other variety, add all the cocoa to it that you want.  but if what you want is the pure, unadulterated cocoa, Oat Milk is your ticket to enjoying a true cup of cocoa sans dairy.

    • Megan, you can, but palm sugar doesn’t dissolve quite as easily. I would place it in a spice grinder to make a powder before stirring in and make sure your liquid is nice and hot. Coconut sugar is also less sweet than plain sugar, and has more of a coffee/caramel-y flavor, so you may need to adjust to taste.

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