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Homemade White Hot Chocolate

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When I was in college, I used to be able to drink coffee at all hours of the day. 7am, 2pm, 2am…my friends and I pretty much lived at the coffee shop near campus, and the caffeine never fazed me. (And I admit I was a little skeptical of my friends who “swore” coffee would keep them up if they drank it too late in the day!)

But apparently what goes around comes around. A few years ago, literally overnight it seemed like my body decided to make the switch. And I now fall into the Don’t-Let-Any-Caffeine-Near-Me-After-3pm category. (Which even includes decaf, which I swear will keep me up half of the night too!)  I know. Call it adulthood, but I’m now “that” person. :)

Regardless, for the past few years, I have now been getting acquainted with the other side of the menu at coffee shops in the afternoons and evenings. And one of my all-time favorite drinks to order in the cooler months is a classic white hot chocolate. It is my total “comfort” drink — warm, smooth, sweet but not too sweet, and chocolate-y but not too chocolate-y. And of course, it is all the better when topped with some fresh whipped cream! Mmmm.

Crazy enough, it wasn’t until recently that I tried to actually make homemade white chocolate. But now that I know how easy it is, I make it all the time. So many recipes call for heavy cream or half and half (which you are welcome to use), but you can literally make it with whatever kind of milk you’d like. Just grab a bar of your favorite white chocolate or some white chocolate chips, a pinch of vanilla extract, and you’re good to go. Simple, cheaper than your coffee shop, and wonderfully delicious. Enjoy!

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Homemade White Hot Chocolate

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  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 5 cups 1x


Delicious white hot chocolate recipe is SO easy to make homemade, and easy to make with your favorite kind of milk (or cream)!


  • 4 cups of milk of your choice (or you can substitute heavy cream or half and half, or do a mixture)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade
  • 8 oz. white chocolate, chopped into small pieces (or white chocolate chips)
  • whipped cream or marshmallows for topping


  1. Stir together milk, vanilla and chopped white chocolate in a medium saucepan.  Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the white hot chocolate comes to a simmer.  (Do not let it come to a boil.)  Remove from heat and serve immediately, topped with whipped cream or marshmallows if desired.

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Check out these other delicious hot chocolate recipes too!

Homemade (Traditional) Hot Chocolate

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

Nutella Hot Chocolate

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76 comments on “Homemade White Hot Chocolate”

  1. The white hot chocolate recipe is actually quite bland. 

  2. Hey Ali!

    Just made this recipe and it was delicious! And I love how easy it was to make! Thank you! My sister and I have just started a food blog and I would love for you to visit our site. If you have any advice or tips on food blogging I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you so much!

    • Thanks for sharing, Heather — we’re so happy you enjoyed it, and we think your blog looks great — good luck to you both!

  3. This recipe is DELICIOUS! I was craving hot chocolate and didn’t have the store bought packets to make. I only had dark chocolate but this recipe helped make something that tastes like heaven in a coffee mug. This is definitely a must make. ❤

  4. I’ve made this recipe twice now, and it has turned out amazing both times!! Thanks for the recipe!!

  5. It was so awesome thank you so much for this recipe. I always heard of wbite hot chocolate but never find it anywhere. I made it for my family and it was definelty a hit. We will be using this recipe for forever.

  6. how would you modify the recipe for single servings?

  7. Quick, easy and delicious.

  8. It was amazing! I did double the amount of chocolate and I used whole milk instead of cream everybody loved it!! I topped it with Cool Whip a little bit of marshmallows and just a Sprinkle of cinnamon.

  9. Can’t wait to try this!

  10. So delicious!

  11. I love it and I’m so going to try it…could u send me more of your recipies ..

  12. Onebof my kids has a restricted diet and one of the things she can’t have is chocolate! When I found out hot white chocolate was this easy it was a must try!!! With the weather cooling down this has been the perfect warm you up drink for her!

  13. can you make this recipe with white chocolate candy melts?

  14. This is the second time I’ve made this White Hot Chocolate. First time I made it for my Granddaughter’s Frozen Birthday Party. Everybody loved it. Now I’ve made it for Christmas Eve bedtime snack. Also made the Hot Cocoa, which is just as good!