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Starbucks White Hot Chocolate

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A quick and easy recipe on how to make a Starbucks White Hot Chocolate at home. Save time and money, by making this fast copycat white hot chocolate recipe in the comfort of your own home. 

I am going to tell you something shocking, I do not like hot chocolate – okay, now that you have picked yourself up off the floor, yeah, I know, I am a weirdo! 🙂 But it’s true, I never have, but this White Hot Chocolate recipe, yes please! 

Starbucks White Hot Chocolate Copycat recipe in glass cup with plate and garnished with whipped cream and sprinkles.

If you are a huge fan of hot chocolate, then you have to try my hot chocolate for two recipe. My hubby and boys go nuts over it and I modeled this White Hot Chocolate after this recipe. I adapted this recipe from a cookbook I purchased years ago of Jackson Hole Cooks!

I developed this recipe as part of Chocolate Week this week, be sure to pop down to the end of the post for all the amazing recipes! And be sure to check out my other recipes as part of this week, like Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream and Crockpot Peanut Clusters.

Why you will love this White Hot Chocolate Recipe

  • Easy | When I am making a hot drink or any drink for that matter, I want it to be simple and not complicated, this fits the bill. If you can heat milk, you can make this drink.
  • High Quality Ingredients | You just need a few ingredients, so splurge for good ones, oh and the higher-quality white chocolate doesn’t not have fillers and is typically gluten-free.
  • Versatile | I love recipes that I can make one batch of, then change it up for each person!

Ingredients for Copycat Starbucks White Hot Chocolate

Full recipe with measurements are in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. 

Labeled ingredients for Starbucks Copycat White Hot Chocolate.
  • White Chocolate | Use a high-quality white chocolate bar or chips (I like Guittard, it is non-GMO and Gluten-free, Ghirardelli, or Lindt)
  • Vanilla | Use real vanilla extract or try my homemade vanilla extract, I actually used Bourbon Vanilla Extract.
  • Milk | I use whole milk, you could also use half and half or lower percentages of milk
  • Salt | Yes! A pinch of salt brings out the flavor immensely! I love using flaky sea salt

How to Make Starbucks White Hot Chocolate

This white hot chocolate recipe could not be easier! Can you heat milk? Throw in a few other ingredients and stir? You’ve got this!

In a small saucepan, pour in milk and heat over medium-low heat until steaming, but not boiling. 

Remove from heat, add white chocolate to the warm milk and let sit for 30 seconds, then whisk into the mixture. Return to low heat, add vanilla and flaky sea salt, stirring until smooth. 

Heat until hot, but not boiling, serve immediately, see below for ways to top this delicious drink. 

TFC TIP | If you want a White Chocolate Latte, use a frother to steam and froth the milk, then pour over the white chocolate chips, stirring gently.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Starbucks White Hot Chocolate Made of?

According to the ingredients on their website, White Hot Chocolate is made using white chocolate mocha sauce, 2% milk and foam and topped with whipped cream.
The white chocolate mocha sauce has a LOT of sugar in it, so by using a high-quality white chocolate we reduce the sugar content dramatically. I’ve used whole milk, because it’s what we drink, but you can certainly use 2% if you choose. Instead of steaming the milk, we mimic the process on the stovetop, making our White Hot Chocolate easier and a wee bit healthier for you. Use a frother to whip it up!

Is there coffee in Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha? 

It’s a little misleading since the sauce Starbucks uses contains the word mocha, which typically implies coffee and chocolate combined. However; there is not coffee in Starbucks white hot chocolate and there is none in this hot chocolate. 

Can I add coffee to my Copycat White Hot Chocolate?

You bet! My suggestion would be to pull a 1-2 ounce espresso or brew some really strong coffee pour it into your mug, then pour the white hot chocolate on top. OR make it simpler and add 1 teaspoon of Espresso powder to the milk mixture when adding the white chocolate. 

Steaming Starbucks white hot chocolate in glass mug with nutmeg, whipped cream and mini marshmallows.

White Hot Chocolate Toppings

  • Whipped Cream |  from a can, homemade or frozen.
  • Marshmallows | the classic way to top white hot chocolate! Make homemade marshmallows <– my friend Tasia’s recipe. Or try mini dried marshmallows
  • Marshmallow Creme or Fluff | A generous dollop of this will make you swoon!
  • Naked | this would be my youngest son’s preference, keep the marshmallows on the side, maybe drizzle a little chocolate sauce on the sides of the glass.
  • Fresh Grated Nutmeg | Nutmeg, like on eggnog, enhances the flavors of white chocolate.
  • Cocoa Powder | Sprinkle with a light dusting of cocoa powder.
  • Chocolate Jimmies | These are my favorite all natural jimmies or try white jimmies
  • White or Dark Chocolate Curls | You can make your own, by using a room temperature bar of good chocolate (white or dark), and using a vegetable peeler, pull towards you on the side of the bar, creating a curl. 
Starbucks White Hot Chocolate in glass mug, top down shot with whipped cream, mini marshmallows, sprinkles and nutmeg.


Dress your White Hot Chocolate recipe up for any season!

  • Peppermint White Hot Chocolate | Add a ½ teaspoon of peppermint extract to the milk mixture and sprinkle crushed candy canes on top of the whipped cream, definitely serve with a candy cane hooked on the glass.
  • Valentine’s Day White Hot Chocolate | Add a drop or two of all-natural red food coloring to make your white hot chocolate pink, sprinkle pink and red hearts on top. 
  • Godiva White Hot Chocolate | This adult version of white hot chocolate uses Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur (or try making your own, a great gift!). Add 1-2 ounces when adding the white chocolate chips, serve with real whipped cream, white chocolate curls and a dusting of black cocoa for a dramatic drink. 
  • St. Patrick’s Day Hot Chocolate Recipe | Two ideas here; a kid and an adult version:
    • Kid Version | Add a drop or two of all-natural green food coloring to the hot milk mixture. Serve with whipped cream or Fluff and sprinkle with edible gold stars and green sugar or jimmies. 
    • Adult Version | Swirl 2 ounces of Irish Cream Liqueur into the warmed milk when adding the white chocolate pieces; top with whipped cream and a generous sprinkle of fresh nutmeg and green jimmies.
Starbucks white hot chocolate in small glass mug with plate, sprinkled with white and dark chocolate curls, whipped cream and sprinkles.

Crock Pot White Hot Chocolate

White hot chocolate for a crowd!

Increase milk to 6 cups, 9 ounces white chocolate (chopped or chips) and 2-3 teaspoons vanilla extract, plus 2-3 pinches of salt. Add white chocolate chips to the crock pot, pour in the milk, stir in vanilla and salt.

Heat on high for about 1 hour 30 minutes, stirring well after the first 30 minutes. When ready to serve, turn the crock pot to warm, stir or whisk to combine and serve. Serves 6-8, feel free to double for more people.


Copycat Starbucks White Hot Chocolate Pin with top image of glass mug filled with creamy white hot chocolate and bottom image of simple ingredients.

Storing & Reheating

Store any leftovers in fridge, up to 3 days. To reheat, place in saucepan and heat over low heat until warmed through, stirring occasionally.

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  1. I’ve made a white hot chocolate once. It was really good! I didn’t think I’d like it because I’m not a white chocolate fan. But it did open me up to trying others. Like this one. I can’t wait to try it.

  2. We are such peas in a pod Kathleen! Not really a hot chocolate fan myself, but I do love, love, love some white chocolate! So looking forward to making a cup to celebrate life!

  3. This whitt hot chocolate is even better than Starbucks! It’s so easy to make with only 4 ingredinets. We loved it and will be making this all the time from now on, so good! Thank you so much!

  4. My granddaughter loves playing outside regardless of how cold it might be so I always warm her up with hot chocolate. I’m going to surprise her with this version next time. Thanks