White Hot Chocolate

White Hot Chocolate is a rich and creamy decadent drink that melts in your mouth with a smooth, sweet white chocolate and vanilla flavoring. Warm up with this white hot chocolate during the holiday season! 

Warm drinks make winter season even better. If you love sitting by a fire with a mug in hand try this Classic Eggnog Recipe, Slow Cooker Apple Cider (2 Ways) or Cookies and Cream Hot Chocolate.

White hot chocolate in glasses with whipped topping.

White Hot Chocolate

When I was younger I hated chocolate.

My mom always told me it was probably because when she was pregnant with me, she ate a candy bar everyday on her break!

Unfortunately for my waistline, over the years I have started liking it more and more.

But if I had to choose between white and milk chocolate…. white chocolate every time! I love white chocolate.

I was so excited to try this recipe for homemade white hot chocolate.

It has been freezing in Utah and we just got a huge snow storm!

This sure did hit the spot perfectly.

I thought it was the most delicious hot chocolate that I have ever tried! It was amazing!!

What you need to make white hot chocolate

This is a simple and easy white hot chocolate recipe.

It is SO smooth, rich and creamy!

  • Milk of choice:  I prefer 1 % or 2% milk but you can substitute half and half, heavy cream, or a mixture.
  • Vanilla extract: a splash of this vanilla extract will add so much flavor to the white hot chocolate recipe.
  • White chocolate: chopped into small pieces.
  • Whipped Cream:  or marshmallows for topping!
  • Nutmeg: this is optional and tastes delicious!

How to make white hot chocolate

White chocolate has a low melting point.

You do not want to over cook your white chocolate.

Simply bring to a simmer and remove from heat right away to serve.

  • Combine and warm: Stir together milk, chocolate and vanilla in small saucepan.
  • Cook over heat: Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the white hot chocolate comes to a simmer. (Do not let it come to a boil.)
  • Serve and garnish: Remove from heat and serve immediately, topped with whipped cream or marshmallows if desired.White ho chocolate in a pot and a wooden spoon.

Tips for making white hot chocolate

  • Freeze white chocolate: Before chopping or grating your white chocolate pieces, freeze them first. This will help the white chocolate from melting or becoming too soft.
  • Prepare the white chocolate: For a more finely chopped white chocolate, you can use a blender or food processor if needed. Chopping or grating your white chocolate will also be fine.
  • Simmer and remove: Once the white hot chocolate is simmering take it off the stove immediately before it starts to boil. This will overcook your white hot chocolate.
  • Add in variations: After the white hot chocolate is simmering simply add in any variation that you like. Peppermint, mint or seasonings for extra added flavoring.
  • Garnish: Toast your white hot chocolate using a broiler or a kitchen torch to caramelize the top of the white hot chocolate.

Variations for white hot chocolate

  • Cream: Use any kind of milk you prefer such as whole, low-fat, skim, nondairy, almond milk or milk percentages. For more decadence, add a splash of cream or half-and-half to add a rich and creamy flavoring. Blend any of these combinations as well.
  • Chocolate: milk or dark chocolate work well with this recipe too. A blend of milk or dark with white chocolate is another way to enhance this warm drink for the winter season.
  • Toppings: top with white chocolate or chocolate chunks, peppermint or mint.
  • Candy: peppermint (extract even works), mint or mint chocolate, toffee or heath chunks are delicious.
  • Seasonings: Cinnamon and sugar blend, pumpkin pie spice or all spice.
    White hot chocolate in a glass cups with white chocolate chunks.

Storing white hot chocolate

  • Making ahead: Follow the instructions accordingly then let cool completely once simmered. Place in an airtight container. Your white hot chocolate will become hard in the refrigerator.
  • Can you freeze white hot chocolate? White hot chocolate is hard to freeze once it is cooked together. It doesn’t warm up the best but it can be done if needed.
  • Warming up: This white hot chocolate is great for making ahead; however, you will want to slowly warm up and bring to a simmer. Then remove quickly to serve.

More delicious holiday drinks to choose from

White hot chocolate in a glass mug

White Hot Chocolate

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 8

White Hot Chocolate is a rich and creamy decadent drink that melts in your mouth with a smooth, sweet white chocolate and vanilla flavoring. Warm up to this white hot chocolate this holiday season! 

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, drinks, hot chocolate, hot drink, warm drinks, white chocolate, white hot chocolate

Ingredients

  • 4 cups milk of choice You can substitute half and half, heavy cream, or a mixture.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces white chocolate chopped into small pieces
  • Whipped Cream or marshmallows for topping
  • Nutmeg (optional)

Instructions

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

Recipe Notes

Updated on December 19, 2019

Original Post on November 15, 2012

Nutrition Facts
White Hot Chocolate
Amount Per Serving
Calories 229 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 78mg3%
Potassium 242mg7%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 206IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 194mg19%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. I typically don’t like white chocolate, but love it in hot drinks, so I will definitely have to try this. I never thought of adding peppermint, but was thinking of adding caramel sundae sauce to make white chocolate caramel hot chocolate.

  2. This looks so good! Nothing better than a little white chocolate… my favorite! Have a nice weekend!

    Take care,

    Trish

  3. I don’t drink hot chocolate unless it’s white. I substitute half & half for most of the milk, then add 1/2 cup of 2%, a splash of vanilla with white chocolate shavings, whirl it all in a heated mixer that froths as it dispenses. Cinnamon or nutmeg sprinkled as a topper. Mmmm.

  4. Do you think this could be done with soy milk? I’ve never tried heating soy milk up to drink and not sure if it is ok to do. My daughter has a milk intolerance that she is beginning to outgrow but just want to see if it would be an option to use the soy milk and it still turn out good or if there is something else that could be substituted. Thank you!

  5. This looks mouthwatering!! I wanted to let you know I featured it in my roundup! You can see it here…http://sewlicioushomedecor.com/30-delicious-hot-chocolate-recipes. 🙂

    Marti

  6. I Love Hot Chocolate, I Love White Chocolate, I Love those cookies…I Can Not wait to put ALL of them Together ; >) YUM, YUM

  7. 5 stars
    I tried this and it was very good!
    I found it wasn’t as rich as the regular chocolate, which for me was a positive thing.
    Instead of nutmeg, I sprinkled the drink with cinnamon, and the addition was just perfect.

    Thank you for sharing
    Hoping for a Happy New Year filled with blessings for you.

  8. Looks great! Nothing is better than white chocolate. Is it possible to add other flavors like cinnamon of peppermint?

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