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Say hello to the sweetest, creamiest way to warm up this winter! A delicious mug of Homemade White Hot Chocolate is a tasty treat and perfect for sipping when temperatures drop and the weather outside is frightful!

Love a toasty beverage? Be sure to also try our Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix or Slow Cooker Homemade Apple Cider!

marshmallow topped white hot chocolate in glass cups

Last December I shared a recipe for European-Style Hot Chocolate, which is absolutely amazing and delicious in its own right. But this year I wanted something a little bit different while still being every bit as warm and rich and satisfying.

This homemade white hot chocolate definitely fits the bill! Plus, it’s ridiculously easy to make with only 3 ingredients – milk, chopped white chocolate, and vanilla.

Okay, 4 ingredients really, if you count a pinch of salt.

Creamy mug of homemade white hot chocolate with foamy bubbles on top.

I’m not much of a hot chocolate for breakfast kind of person, but if that’s your jam, then go for it! I think this white hot chocolate is perfect with a toffee oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.

It’s also a delicious alternative for anyone who still has their doubts about homemade eggnog (but really people, if you haven’t made eggnog from scratch yet you need to get on that because it will change your life).

Overhead picture of two mugs of decadent white hot chocolate with marshmallows on top and peppermint sticks for stirring.

Totally not food related, but is anyone else out there in love with the new Christmas album from Sia? I’m obsessing over her songs “Underneath the Christmas Lights” (so hauntingly beautiful) and “Snowman” (can’t stop/won’t stop listening to it). And “Santa’s Coming for Us” has made it’s way onto my running playlist because it’s just so catchy and upbeat!

I had the entire album playing on repeat while I made and photographed this batch of white hot chocolate while both girls were at school the other day and it was the most relaxing morning I’ve enjoyed in ages. I just reheated the leftover for the girls when they got home and they were both in heaven.

How to Make Homemade White Hot Chocolate

It literally takes all of 5-10 minutes to stir up a batch of homemade white hot chocolate.

A single batch is perfect for 4 good-size mugs, but it’s easy to do just a half batch for two or double, triple, or quadruple batches for a crowd!

All you have to do is just heat some milk, white chocolate and vanilla extract in a medium saucepan over low-heat, whisking occasionally to help the white chocolate melt and combine with the milk.

Whole milk is my favorite when it comes to a cup of hot chocolate, but you can really get away with whatever you like from 2% or even skim to half-and-half or a combination of milk and cream for an even more decadent treat.

Since the ingredient list is so short and since real white chocolate has a unique flavor, I think it’s important to use good quality white chocolate here, not just candy melts, so a true white chocolate flavor can come through.

Ghirardelli and Guittard both make very good white chocolate chips, or you could chop up a Lindt chocolate bar or Lindor white chocolate truffles.

two glasses of hot white chocolate drink next to marshmallows and candy canes

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate Variation

I have made this recipe as both plain white hot chocolate and peppermint white hot chocolate and honestly, I can’t decide which I like best! That tiny addition of a mere 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract makes a big flavor impact.

Glass mugs with peppermint white hot chocolate, topped with marshmallows and crushed candy cane sprinkles.

Honestly, it’s almost impossible to resist a mug of white hot chocolate garnished with a peppermint stick or marshmallows and crushed candy cane sprinkled on top!

You could also top this off with whipped cream and white chocolate shavings or white chocolate chips, or use festive red, green or white sprinkles if you opt not to go the peppermint route.

peppermint candies mini marshmallows and hot white chocolate in cups

Either way, give this recipe a try and enjoy some white hot chocolate tonight! Maybe make some old-fashioned sour cream donuts to go with it!

two glass mugs filled with white hot chocolate and scattered marshmallows and peppermint to the sides

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twoglass mugs filled with white hot chocolate and scattered marshmallows and peppermint to the sides

White Hot Chocolate

Say hello to the sweetest, creamiest way to warm up this winter!  A delicious mug of Homemade White Hot Chocolate is a tasty treat and perfect for sipping when temperatures drop and the weather outside is frightful!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 395kcal
Author: Amy Nash


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup chopped white chocolate or white chocolate chips 8 ounces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract optional


  • In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, white chocolate, vanilla and salt over medium-low heat.  
  • Heat, whisking frequently, until the chocolate is completely melted, but do not let the mixture come to a boil.  Remove from heat and stir in peppermint extract, if using.
  • Pour into mugs and serve with marshmallows, whipped cream, white chocolate shavings, crushed candy canes or sprinkles.


Recipe adapted slightly from The Recipe Critic.


Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 453mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 409IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 365mg | Iron: 1mg
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Love peppermint? Be sure to try some of my other favorite peppermint recipes like these Peppermint Macarons!

stacked peppermint macarons with the top one missing a bite and a plate with more macarons in back and peppermint candies off to the side