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Easy White Hot Chocolate Recipe

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A steamy cup of hot chocolate takes all of us to our fondest memories. It’s that kind of drink that brings people together. 

It is that one time that I like chocolate more than coffee — when you’re sharing a cold evening with loved ones with only a cup of cocoa to keep you warm.

And although I wouldn’t change anything in a traditional cup of hot chocolate, it does have a pretty attractive cousin, the white hot chocolate

I might love this one as much as the original! Here’s how I make my unique white hot chocolate recipe

White Hot Chocolate Recipe

How to make white hot chocolate?

To make normal hot chocolate, people regularly use chocolate syrup or sauce to flavor warm milk — that’s it. To make white hot chocolate, you have to work with the real deal, white chocolate, and that’s extra fun!

You’ll need a few chunks of authentic white chocolate. Get it from a confectionery or bakery supplier and stay clear from the fake stuff made with vegetable oil. You need white chocolate made with milk solids and cocoa butter. Otherwise, your white hot chocolate will most likely disappoint.

You’ll also need milk, of course, to melt the chocolate and sugar, just in case the chocolate is not particularly sweet. Finally, you’ll be surprised at how much a dash of vanilla extract can round up the hot chocolate!

Whipped cream and perhaps shaved white chocolate are fantastic garnishes, although dusting the drink with cinnamon powder will give it the most comforting scent as well.

Variations and Substitutions

Did you know there’s now pink chocolate? It hit the mainstream a few years ago now, and it’s naturally pink and cherry-scented; it has no artificial colorings. 

How cool would it be to make a pink hot chocolate? That’s something I still have to try, but let’s see if you beat me to it!

As for other substitutions, now that you know how to make hot chocolate from scratch without syrups of cacao powder, make hot chocolate with your favorite types of chocolate and brands. 

I know for a fact a Ferrero hot chocolate is amongst the most decadent drinks in existence. Can you create your own hot chocolate version? Change the world!

How to Make It

  • Cook Time15 min
  • Total Time15 min
  • Serving Size1
  • Energy591 cal



In a small pot, heat the milk until steamy but not boiling.


Add the chocolate and stir until melted.


Remove from the heat and add the vanilla.


Taste and adjust the sweetness.


Serve in a mug and garnish with whipped cream and shaved white chocolate.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size1
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories591
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat35.4 g78 g45.38%
  • Saturated Fat21.4 g20 g107%
  • Cholesterol70 mg300 mg23.33%
  • Sodium159 mg2300 mg6.91%
  • Total Carbohydrate57.8 g275 g21.02%
  • Dietary Fiber0.1 g28 g0.36%
  • Total Sugars58.6 g
  • Protein11.8 g50 g23.6%
  • Calcium410 mg1300 mg31.54%
  • Iron1 mg18 mg5.56%
  • Potassium143 mg4700 mg3.04%