Drinking Chocolate

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If you’ve ever thought about drinking chocolate ganache, this is the recipe for you.

Drinking Chocolate - an easy hot chocolate recipe that tastes like liquid ganache!

A few weeks ago, when I was in Seattle, I went on a Savor Seattle Food Tour. The tour had been recommended to me by a friend, so a bunch of us dessert bloggers got together and did the Chocolate Indulgence Tour. It was two hours of eating dessert. You guys, that’s my kind of sightseeing!

I ate so much dessert that day – cupcakes, ice cream, candy, pie, cheesecake. We tried desserts at 6 famous Seattle sweet shops all over downtown. While it was all good (obviously) one of the things we had really stood out: the Drinking Chocolate from The Confectional at Pike’s Place Market.

What is drinking chocolate? It’s like hot liquid ganache. That you can drink.

Easy Drinking Chocolate Recipe

I’ve made ganache a lot in my life. I’ve made it to drizzle on cake, I’ve frosted brownies with it. I’ve even made entire pies full of the rich chocolate stuff. Every time I make it I want to drink it. And now? I can! (And so can you, bwahahaha.)

Drinking chocolate is a deep, rich hot chocolate. It’s something you might think you’d get in some little chocolate shop in Switzerland or Paris. This is not your regular powdered watery hot chocolate. It’s a thick drink that is, quite literally, pure chocolate. It’s ganache that’s been thinned down so you can drink it.

With a straw.


Easy Drinking Chocolate Recipe - the best hot chocolate! Made with International Delight Coffee Creamer.

When you make homemade ganache, you mix chocolate and heavy whipping cream. This drinking chocolate starts with the same concept, but instead of using heavy whipping cream, you use thinner milk. This, in turn, makes the ganache thinner and drinkable, and it won’t harden as it cools like normal ganache does.

Just remember the ratio 1:1:2, because that’s what I used. I used 1 part nonfat milk (regular or 2% would work fine, or even non-dairy milk) and 2 parts chocolate chips. The other one part comes from my favorite secret addition to ganache: International Delight Coffee Creamer.

By now you guys know that I love coffee creamer. I use it every day in my coffee, but I also love to add it to my favorite recipes. Adding coffee creamer in place of milk adds flavor where milk doesn’t. I used French Vanilla Creamer for this recipe, because I’d been craving vanilla coffee so it was what was in my fridge. By simply adding your favorite flavor International Delight you can make a flavored drinking chocolate. Think Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Macchiato, Almond Joy…the possibilities are endless.

Pretty much, any way you make this recipe, you get to drink ganache. <–That makes it a good day.

Drinking Chocolate - an easy hot chocolate recipe that tastes like you're drinking liquid ganache!

The drinking chocolate we drank at The Confectional came in little mini shot glasses. We sipped it slowly, savoring the decadent liquid brownie flavor. After drinking an ounce, I noticed that a sign said they sold them in 1 ounce, 4 ounce, and 8 ounce sizes. After drinking just a small amount I couldn’t imagine drinking a huge 8 ounce glass. Our tour director said there is a lady who stops every morning, drinks an 8 ounce drinking chocolate, and then runs 10 miles or something like that.

Moral of the story: a little goes a long way. Make this for a crowd at the holidays, or scale the recipe down to fit your needs. Then drink it. And realize that drinking ganache is a thing.

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Drinking Chocolate

This Drinking Chocolate is the richest, most indulgent hot chocolate recipe ever! It’s like drinking hot ganache and it’s to die for!


  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 cup International Delight Coffee Creamer (any flavor)
  • 2 cups semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
  • Whipped cream, for garnish


  1. Add milk, creamer, and chocolate chips to a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat, whisking often, until melted and smooth. Make sure to stir in the corners of the pan; the chocolate will melt and gather in the edges.
  2. Serve hot with whipped cream.
  3. Tip: Add peppermint or orange extract to taste for a fun holiday flavor or add the drinking chocolate to coffee to make a mocha. Or, for an adult drink, add a shot of peppermint schnapps, amaretto, or Bailey’s.


If you can’t find the coffee creamer, you can substitute whole milk.

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  1. That sounds like the best tour ever. I am constantly jealous of the things you get to do, but this might top the list. I mean, hours of dessert eating. HOURS. I am beside myself.
    And I’m also a huge fan of drinking chocolate. I first had it with churros on the side, which is kind of perfect. You can either drink or dip. And if you’ve ever seen the movie Chocolat, the hot chocolate looks just like this. I want!!

  2. Starbucks used to have a drink like this years ago and it was SO good! I keep waiting for them to bring it back, but they never have. This looks amazing, Dorothy! Love your creativity!

  3. There’s a little place in Fort Collins, CO that has the best sipping chocolate. I love that you created a version to enjoy at home, and you know how I feel about creamers 🙂 LOVE this!!

  4. DRINKING CHOCOLATE??  I just died.  In the best possible way.  Sounds like an amazing trip!!

  5. OMG this has to be the best post ever. Ganache that you can drink?!?!?! I want 2 cups of it right now!!

  6. I saw this title and was like I MUST I MUST I MUST click! I mean chocolate you can just slurp up? I AM ALL FOR THIS! Pinned!

  7. This looks sooooo rich and deliciously chocolatey 🙂 

  8. Holy yum. This is the recipe I’ve been waiting for my entire life. I constantly want to drink chocolate with a straw and now I can, thank you! 😀

  9. I don’t just want to drink it… I want to dive in!!  Looks amazing!!

  10. I love this! My homemade hot chocolates somehow always end up being more of a drinking chocolate, I guess I like em on the thicker side too 😉
    I’m curious, what were the other dessert places on your tour? I’m heading up that way in a few weeks and don’t want to miss anything good!

  11. That truly does look like ganache in a mug. Omg. Now THAT is my idea of hot chocolate! And yes to adding Baileys! 

    Your Seattle dessert-fest sounds amazing. I remember seeing some of the pics and thinking now that looks like the way to do a city up right 🙂

  12. Oh My Gosh!!  This looks divine!!!  I had no idea this even existed, I am so glad I have you to keep me up to date on these things and make these insanely good looking treats!!  I bet that was quite the tour, to visit 6 different shops!!

  13. It’s like you stepped into my mind…why YES I HAVE always wanted to drink ganache! Ahh, I was in Seattle a couple of months ago, I so wish I would have done that tour!!

  14. OMGGG I have been on a total ganache kick right now! It’s like our minds connected somehow. Gahhhh I would love some of this!

  15. I can’t believe you recreated this – it was so good on the tour, but your version looks even better! Must make! 

  16. This should be illegal… lol

  17. Your creativity has made all the chola the lovers happy!

  18. Dorothy, OMG! I need this right now. It looks so rich! Yummmm.

  19. Did you? Did you really just do this? This is what a girls dreams are made out of right here!!! 

  20. Could half and half be substituted for the coffee creamer or will that not work for some reason? This looks amazing so I need to figure out a way to make it without coffee creamer.

  21. This looks SO decadent and delicious! Is it bad I want to all 3 cups to myself?

  22. Dorothy, girl. O.M.G. this is basically a dream come true.

  23. That dessert hop sounds like the best thing to me! 6 different places full of DESSERTS! I think I’d call that my idea of heaven! 
    A ganache that I can drink? Bring it on!

  24. The first thing I thought of other than that I absolutely need to make this is that I need to swirl some peanut butter into it. I cant wait to give it a try!!! I might have a serious case of over indulgence after that but it will be so worth it!

  25. gah! This looks amazing! That tour sounds fantastic too 🙂

  26. You had me at hot liquid ganache. There are no words, my friend. Pinned.

  27. Warm chocolate ganache that I can drink?! It’s like music to my ears. Count me in.

  28. holy hell – and I think Averie has got the right idea – Baileys or Kahlua in drinking chocolate oh my

  29. Whoa, this needs to happen asap! This drink sounds incredible!

  30. Just pass me the mug and a straw because this sounds amazing!!!!  I love how you add creamer to everything!  It works so well in place of milk!!!

  31. Oh sweet glory be!! This looks insane, and I can definitely see by looking at it that a little would go a long way. Yummy!

  32. Two hours of eating dessert? That sounds like the most beautiful trip ever. :). This looks a lot like Spanish hot chocolate, so thick you can rest a spoon on top of it. I can’t wait to make it!

  33. Oh my gosh, this looks so luxurious! I had the richest hot chocolate in Paris, and this totally reminded me of that! It’s actually perfect time to sit and relax with a cup of thick chocolate!

  34. Wow, this looks divine! 🙂

  35. Holy moly! Drinking chocolate. I’ve died and gone to heaven. That is pure genius!

  36. My world has been rocked; drinking chocolate is the best thing I’ve seen in a very, very long time!

  37. I love that you simplified the recipe to a ratio that’s easy to remember. Great idea. Thanks for posting. 🙂 

  38. i love drinking chocolate, so sweet.  If you make lots of cup hot chocolate drinking at one time, then a hot chocolate machine will be quickly serve. Just 5 steps to making. http://www.chocolatefountainonline.com/hot-chocolate-machines/

  39. That looks like pure heaven to me!

  40. God this made me hungry!

  41. Could you do this in a slow cooker? 

  42. godness, huge temptations for my diet..lol

  43. The desserts were nice

  44. Drinking chocolate makes your mind more relaxed and calm. Anybody agree?

  45. Love the article, but being a native of Seattle, it is Pike Place Market (not Pike’s). Everyone uses the plural form of Pike and we just want to make sure people know it is not associated with Pike’s Peak.

  46. Made this and it came out amazing!

    Rating: 5
  47. oh my….save me from this….love chocolate so much

  48. Do you know if this recipe is good cold and would whole fat milk work? I am catering an event at my church and they are looking for a drinking chocolate that we can serve cold. I am concerned about separation when it cools. I don’t mind using nonfat milk just curious if it makes a difference in the final result.

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