An easy, decadent white hot chocolate recipe.
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5 from 7 votes

White Hot Chocolate

This sinfully delicious white hot chocolate recipe is incredibly easy to prepare at home! If you’re feeling extra decadent, add a splash of heavy cream along with the milk.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: white hot chocolate
Servings: 3 - 4 servings
Calories: 418kcal
Author: Jennifer Farley


  • 3 cups milk (whole, low-fat, skim, etc)
  • 10 ounces good quality white chocolate, chopped (I use Valrhona)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Optional add-ins: peppermint extract, alcohol (see notes)
  • Optional topping: whipped cream, toasted mini marshmallows


  • In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the milk, white chocolate and vanilla.
  • Stir over medium heat until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is just simmering, 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in any optional add-ins, if using.
  • Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream or mini marshmallows, if desired. Serve immediately.



Peppermint extract is very strong, so go light at first. I’d start with 1/4 teaspoon and add more if desired, 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon at a time. You can go heavier on the alcohol (around 2 tablespoons). I like adding liqueurs such as Rumchata, Baileys, Grand Marnier or Kahlua. You could also try adding a splash of spiced rum!


Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 489mg | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 365mg | Iron: 0.2mg