Copycat Starbucks Hot Chocolate Recipe

Get ready for some unbelievable chocolatey goodness! My Copycat Starbucks Hot Chocolate Recipe is going to warm you up right down to your toes.

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In our family, we don’t indulge in Starbucks hot chocolate often. But the one time we get it every year, without fail, is for our town’s downtown tree lighting.

Even when the kids were just toddlers, we would bundle everyone up, get a warm cup of Starbucks hot chocolate, sing Christmas carols with my fellow neighbors and cheer when the tree lights were turned on and the entire town became a Christmas light feast.

This tradition actually started when my husband and I were dating. We were living in downtown Chicago at the time. My condo was just steps from the amazing lights of the zoo. I convinced my new boyfriend at the time to go outside, despite the ridiculous cold, to walk through all of the amazing lights of the zoo.

Starbucks Hot Cocoa Copycat Recipe | The Jenny Evolution

To entice him to put up with the winds, I presented two cups of Starbucks hot chocolate. One of my favorite holiday memories is of us riding the carousel in the frigid air, hot chocolate in hand, falling in love.

I still love Starbucks hot chocolate… but I also love making it at home! It’s easy enough to make this copycat Starbucks hot chocolate recipe at home from scratch. And oh my goodness… that chocolatey warmth just can’t be beat on a cold, snowy afternoon.

Copycat Starbucks Hot Chocolate Recipe

When you make this recipe, go the extra step in adding some oomph to the fun. My kids just want some marshmallows swimming on top — or even one huge marshmallow. (Have you seen the crazy extra large ones… they’re almost bigger than the cup!)

I love topping our cocoa with whipped cream. Toss in some mini chocolate chips, or dip in some homemade chocolate stir sticks, which are deceptively easy to make!

Ingredients:

Starbucks Hot Chocolate Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1½ cup milk (any kind will do)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Add water, cocoa and sugar into a microwave safe bowl and heat for approximately 40 seconds or until warm. Mix well to create the chocolate syrup.

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Add milk and vanilla and stir well.

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Heat in the microwave for about 60 seconds or until hot.

Serve with whipped cream and chocolate chips or syrup on top.

Enjoy!

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You can easily make your own Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks to really make it an occasion!

Starbucks Hot Chocolate Copycat Recipe. Get ready for some serious chocolatey goodness!

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Copycat Starbucks Hot Chocolate Recipe
 
Get ready for some unbelievable chocolatey goodness! My Copycat Starbucks Hot Chocolate Recipe is going to warm you up right down to your toes.
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Recipe type: drinks
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1½ cup milk (any kind will do)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Add water, cocoa and sugar into a microwave safe bowl and heat for approximately 40 seconds or until warm. Mix well to create the chocolate syrup.
  2. Add milk and vanilla and stir well.
  3. Heat in the microwave for about 60 seconds or until hot.
  4. Serve with whipped cream and chocolate chips or syrup on top
  5. Enjoy!

Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks

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  1. Ohh, we will be trying this! Perfect for a cold winter day. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Would love it you would come and share this or any posts at our Brag About It Link Party – Tuesday Link party that starts Monday nights at midnight. We’d love to see you there!
    Pinning and tweeting to share 🙂
    ~Laurie

  2. Jennifer, your Copycat Starbucks Hot Chocolate Recipe looks and sounds delicious! We’re huge Starbucks fans and our son was a store manager for a couple years. Thanks for linking up to the Creative Muster Party and hope to see you tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 6 pm EST. This post was shared on Twitter too! 😉

    Heather
    MySweetMission.net

  3. I just made your hot chocolate recipe and it really is good, but I did add a little extra sugar to mine. ? Very easy too, so I’ll be making it again. I don’t think I’ve ever had Starbucks hot chocolate, so I can’t compare, lol. I can just say it’s yummy.

    • The Starbucks hot chocolate isn’t too sweet…. so if you’re hankering for a little extra, it’s smart to add a little bit more sugar 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it… it’s certainly cold enough here in Chicagoland to warrant a cup (or two). 😀