10 Best Hot Chocolate Recipes

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Make hot chocolate from scratch with these decadent recipes from peppermint to matcha green tea. Get tips on how to make delicious hot chocolate easy at home!

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Why You’ll Love These Recipes

  • Hot chocolate is just warmed chocolate and milk which is good as is, but to make it delicious and decadent, it’s all about the ingredients and extra touches which I’ve included in the recipes.
  • Recipes are all easy and straight-forward. It’s mostly heating up ingredients and you’ll wonder why you didn’t make homemade hot chocolates before since it’s so simple to make.
  • Each recipe below is loaded with notes and tips to make these hot chocolates perfect every time.
  • Get shortcuts and tricks like using a handheld milk frother to whisk up whipped cream in seconds.

Questions You May Have

What’s the best milk to use to make hot chocolate?

Whole milk for sure. It makes the drink so much creamier than using any other type of milk.

Can I use cocoa powder to make hot chocolate?

Yes! You can replace chocolate syrup I use in the recipes with cocoa powder and sugar. Details on amount to use are in the recipe notes.

Is there caffeine in hot chocolate?

Yup, but not a lot. There’s caffeine in chocolate so there’s caffeine in hot chocolate. In a 10 ounce hot chocolate, there’s about 20 mg of caffeine. Compare that to a cup of coffee that has about 240 mg.

What’s the difference between hot chocolate and mocha?

Hot chocolate is made with chocolate and milk. Mocha is made with coffee, chocolate, and milk. Take out the coffee from mocha and it’s a hot chocolate. Add coffee to hot chocolate and it’s now a mocha!

10 Best Hot Chocolate Recipes

1. Homemade Hot Chocolate

Classic hot chocolate topped off with a generous cloud of whipped cream.

Made with homemade chocolate syrup and whole milk, this one is perfect for hot chocolate purists.

2. Peppermint Hot Chocolate

A cold weather favorite, hot chocolate meets peppermint in this tasty drink.

Make the chocolate and peppermint syrups ahead of time and your drink comes together in 7 minutes, including the whipped cream.

This is a Starbucks peppermint hot chocolate copycat recipe.

3. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Sweet and salty in one delicious hot chocolate.

It’s topped off with homemade whipped cream (so easy to make at home) and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

4. Mexican Hot Chocolate

Take the classic hot chocolate recipe and add a couple of warming spices like cinnamon and you’ve got yourself a Mexican hot chocolate.

Cayenne pepper adds a little spicy kick.

5. Snickerdoodle Hot Chocolate

Sweetened cinnamon and white chocolate makes this snickerdoodle hot chocolate a perfect cozy cold weather drink. It’s made in only 5 minutes.

6. White Hot Chocolate

A tasty hot chocolate made with white chocolate chips, topped off with fluffy homemade whipped cream.

7. Earl Grey Hot Chocolate

7. Earl Grey Hot Chocolate
If you love thick, European-style hot chocolate that’s basically a melted down chocolate bar, this is for you. It’s made with Earl Grey tea, which gives it a nice citrus touch.

8. Frozen Hot Chocolate

You need just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to make this delicious frozen treat. Use the same chocolate syrup that you used to make mochas to make this ice cold hot chocolate.

9. Matcha Hot Chocolate

9. Matcha Hot Chocolate
This matcha hot chocolate is sweet, delicious, and so easy to make. It’s rich, creamy, and basically a matcha latte taken to the whole next level.

10. Hojicha Hot Chocolate

10. Hojicha Hot Chocolate
Hojicha, a roasted green tea from Japan, with its nutty flavor is great for flavoring hot chocolate. Top off the tea infused white hot chocolate with toasted marshmallows and you’ve got a tasty hot drink.


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2 thoughts on “10 Best Hot Chocolate Recipes”

  1. Best hot chocolate I ever had was something I invented on a whim one day. Just take a small handful of fun size 3 Musketeers bars and melt them into some milk and stir. That’s it! The nougat, it whatever you call it, gives it a nice lightly malted flavor and adds to the creaminess. So good.


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