There’s just something about a big mug full of hot chocolate and topped with whipped cream, isn’t there? Maybe it’s the nostalgia it brings with it, maybe it’s the chocolatey goodness in every sip…or maybe it’s both. Hot chocolate is comforting, delicious, and the warm treat we can all use in the winter months. You can find a wide variety of hot cocoa mixes at any grocery store, and we love the convenience that those provide. Just add some hot milk and whipped cream, and you’re ready to go! But if you want to take your hot chocolate game to the next level this winter, we can’t recommend homemade enough.

If you haven’t made hot chocolate from scratch before, don’t worry. It’s really not much more difficult than using a premade mix, and the results are out of this world. However, there are about a million and one hot chocolate recipes online, so we’ve rounded up three with the very best reviews. You can’t go wrong with one of these classic recipes below. Or better yet, try all three this winter and see which one your family likes best!

Creamy Hot Cocoa by Jeanie Bean
At just one review shy of 1,500 reviews, this 5-star hot chocolate recipe has the most reviews by far. It calls for 7 simple ingredients, most of which you’ll likely have on hand.

Tip: A handful of reviewers mentioned that this recipe is extra sweet; many of them found the recipe to be just right when they used 1/2 a cup of sugar or less instead of the recipe amount.

Homemade Hot Chocolate by Celebrating Sweets
This 5-star recipe only calls for 5 ingredients. One of those ingredients is chocolate chips, making this hot cocoa a chocolate lover’s dream.

Tip: While the recipe calls for semi-sweet chocolate chips, you can experiment with any kind of chocolate chips to see what you like best.

Homemade Hot Cocoa by Momables
This hot chocolate recipe has fewer reviews, but the raving reviews speak for themselves. The ingredients are very similar to the first recipe in our list, minus the heavy cream.

Tip: Don’t forget the whipped cream or mini marshmallows!

What are you waiting for? It’s time to whip up some hot chocolate, turn on a movie, and snuggle up with your kids!