Easy Starbucks White Hot Chocolate Copycat Recipe

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Indulge in ultimate comfort with this copycat Starbucks white hot chocolate recipe. It’s a delicious homemade version that captures the creamy goodness of your favorite winter Starbucks treat.

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If there is one thing I love to indulge in during the winter months it’s a steaming cup of rich and creamy hot chocolate. 

I mean, who doesn’t love cozying up with a warm cup of hot cocoa on a snowy winter’s day? It instantly warms the body and the soul.

While a trip to Starbucks for their decadent white hot chocolate is tempting…what if you could recreate that same delicious drink in the comfort of your own home? 

With this copycat Starbucks white hot chocolate recipe, you can turn your winter day into a cozy retreat while never leaving the house. Sounds amazing to this homebody!

There’s no need to brave the cold or wait in line. With this simple recipe you’re just a few steps away from the perfect drink that rivals your favorite Starbucks order.

You’ll find this white hot chocolate recipe is easy, delicious, satisfying, and affordable too.

Say goodbye to long lines and bring the taste of Starbucks right to your home!

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • EASY TO MAKE – Making Starbucks creamy white hot chocolate at home is so easy, which means you can enjoy the decadent flavors in minutes without the hassle of complicated techniques or exotic ingredients.
  • TASTES LIKE STARBUCKS – This copycat recipes is like bringing the essence of a cozy Starbucks café directly into your home. The creamy texture and the sweetness of white chocolate is just like the beloved Starbucks version.
  • INEXPENSIVE – By making this white hot chocolate at home, you can indulge in the richness of a Starbucks like experience without paying a high price tag. The ingredients in this recipe are readily available and won’t break the bank.
Homemade white hot chocolate recipe made in the comfort of your own home.

What is the difference between white hot chocolate and regular hot chocolate?

The primary difference between white hot chocolate and a traditional hot chocolate beverage is the type of chocolate used to make the drink. 

Regular hot chocolate has a classic chocolate flavor, while white hot chocolate has a sweeter and creamier taste without the traditional cocoa taste. 

I personally love both versions, but the choice between them comes down to your own personal preference.

  • Type of Chocolate
    • Regular Hot Chocolate: Typically made with dark or milk chocolate. The cocoa solids from these chocolates give regular hot chocolate its characteristic brown color and cocoa flavor.
    • White Hot Chocolate: Made with white chocolate that doesn’t contain cocoa solids. White chocolate is made from cocoa butter, sugar, and milk solids giving it a creamy and sweet flavor.
  • Flavor Profile
    • Regular Hot Chocolate: Has a rich, chocolatey flavor with variations in intensity depending on whether it’s made with dark or milk chocolate.
    • White Hot Chocolate: Offers a sweeter and creamier flavor. The absence of cocoa solids gives it a more mellow and vanilla like taste, making it less intense than regular hot chocolate.
  • Color
    • Regular Hot Chocolate: Brown in color due to the presence of cocoa solids.
    • White Hot Chocolate: Creamy white or ivory in color, as it contains cocoa butter but lacks cocoa solids.

How does this copycat recipe vary from the original Starbucks white hot chocolate recipe?

While I was doing a little research on how my copycat recipe varied from the original Starbucks white hot chocolate recipe, I realized my recipe is made with ingredients you can actually pronounce!

The original Starbucks white hot chocolate contains these ingredients (which you can find online):

  • Milk
  • White Chocolate Mocha Sauce (Sugar, Condensed Skim Milk, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Natural Flavor, Salt, Potassium Sorbate, Monoglycerides)
  • Whipped Cream (Cream, Milk, Mono And Diglycerides, Carrageenan)
  • Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid)
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The Simple Ingredients for This Starbucks Copycat Recipe

Vanilla extract, milk, and white chocolate chips are the simple ingredients for this hot drink.
  • 2 cups Whole Milk: The base of this recipe. Whole milk adds a rich and creamy texture, contributing to the velvety consistency of the white hot chocolate.
  • 1 cup White Chocolate Chips: The star ingredient that brings sweetness and the white chocolate flavor to this hot cocoa. Be sure to choose high quality white chocolate chips for the best flavor. I like to use Ghirardelli.
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract: A touch of pure vanilla extract enhances the overall flavor profile. Try this homemade bourbon vanilla extract for added flavor.
  • Whipped Cream (optional, but highly recommend): Whipped cream is a must in our house when it comes to hot chocolate. It adds a light, airy texture to each sip.
  • Marshmallows (optional): They melt into the warm beverage creating a comforting and nostalgic experience reminiscent of classic hot cocoa.

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How to Make Delicious White Hot Chocolate

In a medium saucepan, heat the whole milk over medium-low heat on the stove top. The milk should be warm but not boiling. Stir occasionally to prevent the milk from scalding.

Once the milk is warm, add in the white chips. Stir continuously until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture becomes smooth and velvety. 

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Add the teaspoon of vanilla extract to the chocolate mixture. This will give your homemade white hot chocolate that signature Starbucks touch.

Pour your white hot chocolate into your favorite mug. Top your drink off with a dollop of whipped cream and/or marshmallows.

Enjoy the coziness!

Homemade white hot chocolate recipe that resembles the drink from Starbucks.

Tips & Tricks

  • Use high quality white chocolate chips for the best flavor. Opt for real white chocolate containing cocoa butter, sugar, and milk solids.
  • When melting the white chocolate chips in the warm milk, stir continuously to ensure even melting and a smooth texture. This prevents clumps and ensures a velvety consistency.
  • Do not to let the milk come to a boil. Keep it at a warm temperature to melt the white chocolate without scalding the milk.
  • Get creative with toppings like a sprinkle of cinnamon, a drizzle of caramel, or crushed candy canes for the holiday season.
  • If you have dietary preferences or restrictions, you can use alternative milk options like almond milk or coconut milk.
  • Taste the white hot chocolate before serving and adjust the sweetness if needed. If you prefer it sweeter, you can add a bit more white chocolate or a touch of sugar.

Can this homemade white hot chocolate recipe be made ahead of time?

While it’s best to enjoy the Starbucks white hot chocolate fresh, you can prepare it ahead of time and reheat it when needed.

Allow the white hot chocolate to cool to room temperature before transferring it to an airtight container.

Refrigerate if you’re planning to store it for an extended period.

When you’re ready to serve, gently reheat the white hot chocolate on the stove top or in the microwave. Stir well to ensure a smooth and consistent texture.

You may need to add a bit of additional milk and stir if the hot chocolate thickens during storage.

Starbucks copycat recipe for a hot winter drink that includes milk, vanilla extract, and white chocolate morsels.

Can copycat Starbucks white hot chocolate be made in the slow cooker?

Yes!

A slow cooker is a great way to make this hot chocolate recipe especially if serving a crowd. 

Combine the ingredients in a crock pot and stir to mix. 

Set the slow cooker to the low setting and let the mixture cook for 2-3 hours. You’ll want to stir occasionally to ensure the white chocolate chips melt evenly.

After a couple of hours, check the consistency. If the white chocolate is fully melted and the mixture is smooth, it’s ready!

Ladle the white hot chocolate into mugs and enjoy!

What toppings can I add to white hot chocolate?

The fun part of any cup of hot chocolate is the toppings! Well, in my humble opinion anyways.

Here are some delicious topping ideas:

  • Whipped Cream
  • White Chocolate Shavings
  • Caramel Drizzle
  • Cinnamon or Nutmeg
  • Crushed Candy Canes
  • Toasted Coconut
  • Sprinkles or Colored Sugar
  • Sea Salt
  • Chocolate Drizzle
Favorite white chocolate recipe that is perfect for a cozy winter day or the holiday season.

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Homemade white hot chocolate recipe made in the comfort of your own home.
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Copycat Starbucks White Hot Chocolate

Savor the decadent richness of this copycat Starbucks white hot chocolate recipe with its blend of white chocolate, whole milk, and touch of vanilla. Indulge in the comforting warmth and delicious flavor of this easy-to-make beverage that promises a taste reminiscent of your favorite café in the comfort of your home.
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Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:5 minutes
Total Time:10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1 cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Whipped cream optional
  • Marshmallows optional

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, heat the whole milk over medium heat. The milk should be warm but not boiling. Stir occasionally to prevent the milk from scalding.
  • Once the milk is warm, add in the white chocolate chips. Stir continuously until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture becomes smooth and velvety.
  • Add the teaspoon of vanilla extract to the chocolate mixture. This will give your homemade white hot chocolate that signature Starbucks touch.
  • Pour your white hot chocolate into your favorite mug. Top your drink off with a dollop of whipped cream and/or marshmallows.
  • Enjoy the coziness!

Notes

  • Use high quality white chocolate chips for the best flavor. Opt for real white chocolate containing cocoa butter, sugar, and milk solids.
  • When melting the white chocolate chips in the warm milk, stir continuously to ensure even melting and a smooth texture. This prevents clumps and ensures a velvety consistency.
  • Do not to let the milk come to a boil. Keep it at a warm temperature to melt the white chocolate without scalding the milk.
  • Get creative with toppings like a sprinkle of cinnamon, a drizzle of caramel, or crushed candy canes for a festive touch.
  • If you have dietary preferences or restrictions, try using alternative milk options like almond milk or coconut milk.
  • Taste the white hot chocolate before serving and adjust the sweetness if needed. If you prefer it sweeter, you can add a bit more white chocolate or a touch of sugar.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.5g | Protein: 7.5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.25g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 200mg | Sugar: 28.5g
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Copycat Recipe, Hot Chocolate, Starbucks, White Hot Chocolate
Servings: 2
Calories: 215kcal

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4 Comments

  1. Hi Kathy, Yes, white chocolate isn’t typically my favorite either, but for some reason it’s delicious in this recipe! Thank you for letting me know you tried this recipe and enjoyed it. Stay warm!!!

  2. 5 stars
    I’m not often a fan of white chocolate, but it’s been so cold and I just happened to have all the ingredients so I made this. It was SO good! Thank you for sharing. I have a new treat for cold days.

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