This creamy and marvelous White Hot Chocolate can be made with just two ingredients in five minutes.
Hey friend, how is the weather where you are right now? Here in California, it’s just starting to cool down, and you know what that means. It’s hot chocolate weather! (AKA the best weather.)
If it’s hot chocolate weather where you are today, you should absolutely treat yourself to a cup of something warm and sugary.
And if it’s warm and sugary you want, you can’t go wrong with a cup of creamy, marvelous White Hot Chocolate. A cup of it could be yours with just two ingredients, milk and white chocolate, and five minutes.
- Milk: You can use any percentage milk you’d like. The higher the fat content, the creamier your drink will be.
- White chocolate: Make sure to use a high-quality white chocolate bar or high-quality chips.
A Note on White Chocolate: Because this hot chocolate gets all its flavor and sweetness from the white chocolate, it is incredibly rich and creamy, BUT that also means that you must use high-quality white chocolate in your drink.
High-quality chips are fine, but you want chocolate that tastes good on its own. If you wouldn’t eat the chips (or chunks) by the handful, don’t put them in your hot chocolate, because that’s what your hot chocolate is going to taste like.
How to Make White Hot Chocolate
- Heat milk until steaming on the stove or in the microwave.
- Stir in chopped high-quality white chocolate until melted.
- Pour into a mug and top with an obnoxious number of marshmallows and enjoy.
- Peppermint: Add just a couple drops (to taste) of peppermint extract to your hot chocolate or crush a candy cane and melt it into the milk while heating it on the stove.
- Snickerdoodle: Place 2 cinnamon sticks in your milk and heat milk to steaming. Turn off heat and allow the cinnamon sticks to sit in the milk and infuse it with flavor for 5 minutes before continuing with the recipe as written.
- Extra creamy: You can also add a splash of heavy cream for an ultra-rich and creamy drink.
- Large batch: This recipe easily scales up to make enough for sharing. To adjust the recipe yield, in the recipe card below, hover over the serving size or click if you’re on mobile, and slide the slider.
Does this taste like Starbucks white hot chocolate?
I stopped in and picked up a Starbucks white hot chocolate so I could compare the two, and I’d say that both versions are delicious, but this is definitely a more decadent-feeling hot chocolate than theirs. Because it’s made with real white chocolate, it’s much richer and creamier than the Starbucks version.
Can I add coffee to this?
Sure. If you want to add coffee, go make my White Chocolate Mocha. It uses the same ingredients but has slightly different ratios to better highlight the coffee flavor. (You might enjoy also my Homemade Mocha or Caramel Macchiato.)
More Hot Chocolate Recipes
White chocolate not your thing? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Try one of these other hot chocolates:
This recipe makes one cup of hot chocolate, enough to fill an 8-ounce mug. If you’d like to fill an oversized mug, 1 1/2 or double the recipe.
White Hot Chocolate
White Hot Chocolate
- 1 cup milk any percentage
- 2 ounces (about 1/3 cup) good-quality white chocolate chopped*
- Whipped cream
- Crushed candy cane
- In a small saucepan or the microwave, heat milk until steaming. Add white chocolate and stir until melted.
- Pour into an 8-ounce cup, top with optional toppings, and enjoy!
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This post was originally published on 10/24/18. It was updated on 10/4/20 with additional information and tips.