Starbucks Hot Chocolate copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur

Starbucks Hot Chocolate

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Starbucks makes its hot chocolate with mocha syrup that's used for a variety of other drinks in the store. A barista combines mocha syrup with a couple squirts of vanilla syrup and heated milk, and he then finishes off the drink with a sweet pile of whipped cream. 

You can duplicate the process using my Starbucks Hot Chocolate copycat recipe below. You'll create your own chocolate syrup in the microwave with cocoa—Hershey or Nestle brand works great. After adding milk to the heated chocolate mixture, pop it back into the microwave again until piping hot. Add a little vanilla extract at the end to give the drink vanilla hints like the original. I found that a 2-cup glass measuring cup with a spout works best to heat the drink in the microwave. Then, when it's ready, you can easily pour the hot chocolate into a 16-ounce coffee mug and get on with the sipping.

Find more of your favorite recipes for Starbucks pastries and drinks here.

Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.

Get This

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream
Do This

1. Combine the water, cocoa, and sugar in a 16-ounce microwave-safe pitcher, such as a 2-cup glass measuring cup. Zap the mixture on high for 30 seconds, or until hot. Stir well to create chocolate syrup.

2. Add the milk to the chocolate syrup and microwave the mixture for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, or until hot. Add the vanilla and pour the drink into a 16-ounce coffee mug. Serve with whipped cream on top.

Make one 16-ounce (Grande size) serving.

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Samantha Sneider
Dec 13, 2022, 15:05
I seriously doubted the recipe, but it legit tastes just like Starbucks Hot Chocolate.. Thank you! The packets you make at home are still over a dollar a piece, so this is a huge money saver in my house!
Sandi G.
Nov 11, 2015, 22:00
Was looking for a recipe for when my grandson comes to visit. Made this with Half & Half and added 2 Hershey's peppermint kisses. Need look no further! So, so good.
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