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If you like hot chocolate this homemade drinking chocolate will absolutely blow your mind. It’s thick – often called European Hot Chocolate – and it’s like drinking chocolate ganache. It’s EPIC!

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drinking chocolate in a white mug covered in whipped cream and chocolate chips

What is Drinking Chocolate?

It is essentially chocolate ganache heated up and thinned out slightly so that you can drink it. Meet the creamiest, richest, and most delicious chocolate you’ve ever sipped on in your life! If you love the ease of instant hot chocolate but want something that tastes straight out of the alps, then this is the recipe for you.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • There are only two steps to make drinking chocolate and 3 ingredients! (Four if you like whipped cream). 
  • Feel free to make this drinking chocolate any flavor you want! It’s easily customizable by adding different flavored coffee creamers to the mix. 
ingredients in drinking chocolate laid out on a white counter

Ingredients Needed

  • Milk – I used nonfat milk, but you can also use 2% or regular.
  • Coffee Creamer – Feel free to use any flavor you think would be yummy! For a classic cocoa use vanilla flavor.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate – Chocolate chips
  • Whipped cream- For garnish, what’s drinkable chocolate without whipped cream? 

How to make drinking chocolate

  • Heat to combine ingredients: Add milk, coffee creamer, and chocolate chips to a medium sized saucepan. Heat the ingredients over medium-low heat, whisking it often until the mixture is fully melted and smooth.
  • Serve: Serve hot with whipped cream. 

Expert Tips

  • If you want to mix it up try adding different extracts to the mix, such as peppermint or orange for a fun holiday flavor. You can even add it to coffee to create a yummy mocha flavor!
  • For an adult drink and a great party pleaser, add a shot of peppermint Schnapps, Amaretto, or Baileys to your drinking chocolate.
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Recipe Swap

Don’t want to use coffee creamer? No problem. Use a combination of whole milk and nonfat milk or heavy cream and nonfat milk if you want a richer treat.


What is the difference between hot chocolate and drinking chocolate?

They have differences in flavor, texture, and consistency. Drinking chocolate is made of chocolate ganache (chocolate and cream whipped together). This gives drinking chocolate a thick creamy texture and richer flavor than regular hot chocolate which is often just chocolate mixed with whole milk or water. 

How do you store drinking chocolate?

You can store this in a reusable bottle or Tupperware in the fridge so it’s ready to reheat when you want it.  It will get a little skin on the top when cool, so stir to mix that in.

How do you reheat this?

The best way to reheat hot chocolate is on the stove stirring it periodically, although you can use the microwave. Just heat it up, stir it, and heat it again if it wasn’t heated all the way through the first time. 

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drinking chocolate in a white mug covered in whipped cream and chocolate chips

Drinking Chocolate

3.93 from 13 votes
This Drinking Chocolate is the richest, most indulgent hot chocolate recipe ever! It’s like drinking hot ganache and it’s to die for!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 3 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 1 cup (237ml) nonfat milk
  • 1 cup (237ml) Coffee Creamer (any brand, any flavor)
  • 2 cups (340g) semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
  • Whipped cream for garnish
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  • 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.
  • Serve hot with whipped cream.
  • 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.

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Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 680kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.003g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 479mg | Sugar: 78g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Calcium: 194mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Drinks
Cuisine American

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Drinking Chocolate is a rich ganache hot chocolate recipe – like European hot chocolate but made at home with just a few ingredients!

Last Updated on December 12, 2022

Dorothy Kern

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

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