Hot winter drinks are the best way to warm up your hands after a romp in the snow or long cold walk with the dog. This White Hot Chocolate recipe flips the script on regular hot cocoa and it’s a total winner on a blustery day, especially if you’re a fan of white chocolate!

White Hot Chocolate served in a dark blue handmade ceramic mug on a gray striped napkin. There is a dollop of Marshmallow fluff floating on top of the hot chocolate along with milk chocolate shavings and pink and white heart shaped sprinkles. On the napkin next to the cup, there is a small white spoon and a hunk of white chocolate.

I’m sort of of the mindset that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Well, until recently I guess. 

My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe?  I never felt the need to try a new one until I ended up stuffing peanutella into a brown butter cookie dough

Mac and cheese – the one I moved out of my parents’ house with the recipe card from the Mueller’s box in hand? Well you see where that’s taken me: 7 new recipes later, including an outstanding Panera copycat recipe, and a few that never made it to publish.

My point is here, favorites aren’t necessarily timeless. And I suppose I’m not as stubborn as I think I am. 

When I made this hot chocolate mix last Christmas, I was completely smitten. A large batch seemed to last forever and there wasn’t a need for a long time to try any other recipes because it was just that good. 

White Hot Chocolate served in a dark blue handmade ceramic mug on a gray striped napkin. There is a small white spoon in the cup, a dollop of Marshmallow fluff floating on top of the hot chocolate along with milk chocolate shavings and pink and white heart shaped sprinkles. On the napkin next to the cup, there are hunks of white chocolate.

But as I was out playing in the snow on Saturday, I had this uncontrollable need to make white hot chocolate. Maybe it was a subconscious thing. 

I didn’t care though – it was the right thing to do.

As a lover of white chocolate since I was a kid, I fell hard for this super sweet, melted-down, milked-up, add-a-dollop-of-marshmallow-crème white hot chocolate. 

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Ingredients

Here’s the basic shopping list of ingredients you’ll need for my white hot chocolate recipe. Be sure to check the recipe card below for the full list!

  • Milk, heavy cream, or half-and-half (or a mixture of any of these) – The higher the fat content, the better your hot chocolate will be!
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • White chocolate – Either chopped from a block or bar of white chocolate or good-quality white chocolate chips
  • Granulated sugar
  • Marshmallow crème (like Fluff), whipped cream, or marshmallows for topping (optional)

This white hot chocolate recipe is incredibly indulgent and it’s exactly what was called for post-snow apocalypse 2013 here in New England.

Dare I say I’ve found a new favorite hot chocolate recipe??

White Hot Chocolate served in a dark blue handmade ceramic mug on a gray striped napkin. There is a dollop of Marshmallow fluff floating on top of the hot chocolate along with milk chocolate shavings and pink and white heart shaped sprinkles. On the napkin next to the cup, there is a small white spoon and hunks of white chocolate.

White Hot Chocolate Recipe

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

White hot chocolate is a super indulgent and delicious winter drink that will warm your hands and soul.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk, heavy cream, or half-and-half (or a mixture of any of these)
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 5 oz white chocolate, finely chopped or white chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • Marshmallow crème (like Fluff), whipped cream, or marshmallows for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat the milk, vanilla extract, chocolate, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat until the mixture just starts to come to a simmer, stirring frequently to melt the chocolate.
  2. Once the chocolate has melted, whisk the milk until foamy and divide the hot chocolate between two mugs. Top with marshmallow crème, whipped cream, or marshmallows before serving, if desired.

Notes

adapted from Gimme Some Oven

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  • February 12, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    I’ve never had white hot chocolate before. It sounds like I’ve been missing out!

  • February 12, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    I love love white hot chocolate!

  • February 12, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    My cousin will love this recipe! Looks and sounds so good.

  • February 12, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    I have been wanting to try white hot chocolate since Christmas and have not made it yet! Love how you made it so festive for Valentine’s Day! Thanks for sharing!

  • February 12, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Great idea to top it with marshmallow creme! I could go for a big mug right now to warm up!

  • February 12, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Oh, I love white chocolate. This sounds so good. Especially since we’re supposed to get even more snow tomorrow night.

    • February 12, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      I know! More snow! And maybe more this weekend too! (yay!)

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