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Homemade Hot Chocolate: Starbucks Copycat Recipe

This time of year my favorite and go to drink is hot chocolate. One of the best hot chocolates I have tried has been Starbucks. Which is surprising because I don’t go to Starbucks. One, because I don’t drink coffee and two because I don’t like paying that much money for something I can have for oh so much cheaper. So of course I do what every good DIYer would do and make my own homemade hot chocolate, which just so happens to taste very similar to the big box brand itself.

The best homemade hot chocolate! Starbucks copycat recipe

Homemade Hot Chocolate
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
3 mins
Servings: 16 ozs approx
Author: Melissa Coleman
  • 2 TBS Cocoa Powder
  • 2 TBS Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1 1/2 Cups Milk Whole is super yummy but we usually only buy 1% and it works just as fine
  • 1/4 TSP Vanilla Extract
  1. Mix together your simple syrup! Combine your cocoa, sugar and water and heat (in microwave or on stove) until hot. I just heat it in the microwave (approx 45 secs), it is the quickest and less messing up dishes way.
  2. Once your syrup is heated through pour in your milk and heat again. I heat this step approximately 1:30 - 2:00 minutes.
  3. Stir in vanilla extract and enjoy! This is enough for a large cup or 2 smaller cups.

If you have been looking for a good hot chocolate recipe then definitely try this one out. It only takes a few minutes to make and you can be warming up your bones in no time. If you like whipped cream on your hot chocolate then go ahead and top it off with some yummy whipped cream. It’s delicious!

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What is your favorite hot drink?

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Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

Oh my, my only regret is that I didn't double up the batch.. it's delicious!

Cydnee Knoth

Wednesday 14th of January 2015

I love hot chocolate and this sounds delicious! So easy too! Thank you for joining us in the celebration of #purebloglove. We enjoy having you every Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

Just Plain Marie

Wednesday 14th of January 2015

Isn't it funny how *easy* hot chocolate is to make? I mix it up with non-dairy creamer when our goats aren't producing, and all I do is stir in boiling water.

Try adding a candy cane if you have any leftover! :D

Melissa Coleman

Wednesday 14th of January 2015

Yes, the candy cane would definitely give it a nice extra oomph. Love peppermint! :)


Wednesday 14th of January 2015

Looks yummy! Can't wait to try it. I have had such a hard time finding a good homemade recipe, but this one is different fromt the others I've found. Thank you for sharing!! ;) (sharing you on my Shelstring facebook page Wed.)

Melissa Coleman

Wednesday 14th of January 2015

If you like rich and chocolatey this one is definitely for you. Thanks for sharing! :)


Thursday 8th of January 2015

You must be a mind reader... I was just thinking about how I wanted hot chocolate! I'm off to make this recipe right now, can't wait to try it! :)