White Chocolate Cocoa

January 12, 2017
5 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Makes 1 cup of cocoa
Author Notes

For those who don't normally like white chocolate - seriously: try it as cocoa. It's the perfect way to enjoy the incredible creaminess that white chocolate has. Make sure to use a good quality one - and if you're feeling naughty add just a liiiiiiitle bit of cream. Finished with a hint of grated nutmeg is my favorite way to drink it. —Erin Jeanne McDowell

What You'll Need
  • 3 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • fresh grated nutmeg, to taste (optional)
  1. Place the white chocolate in a heat safe bowl or liquid measuring cup.
  2. Bring the milk, cream, and nutmeg if using, to a gentle simmer over medium heat. Pour the hot milk over the white chocolate and let sit for 15 seconds.
  3. Whisk the mixture until the chocolate is fully melted and the cocoa is smooth (if you whisk vigorously, the mixture will get frothy and if you mix slowly, it will stay smoother). Pour into a mug and drink warm.

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    Ron Miller
I always have three kinds of hot sauce in my purse. I have a soft spot for making people their favorite dessert, especially if it's wrapped in a pastry crust. My newest cookbook, Savory Baking, came out in Fall of 2022 - is full of recipes to translate a love of baking into recipes for breakfast, dinner, and everything in between!

3 Reviews

FrugalCat June 4, 2020
Add a little vanilla vodka before serving. Cheers!
JuJu December 20, 2019
Mercí, Erin! Definitely dessert in a cup.

Used a similar formula for many years, except white chocolate is decreased to 2 OZ for a tad less sweet, and added .75g salt to balance sweetness. A milder sweetness that is perfect for my tastebuds.

Tried two other mods and each one tastes equally great.

Whisk one egg yolk into milk, then heat to 165° F. Gently stir in other ingredients to make a white chocolate eggnog.

Make a thick, creamy version adding 1 TSP corn starch to milk before heating.
Ron M. January 20, 2017
Sounds interesting! I want to try this with some matcha powder sprinkled in.