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White chocolate puts a velvety, decadent spin on your typical hot chocolate! Try my white chocolate mocha or peppermint mocha next.

White hot chocolate sprinkled with chocolate shavings

I don’t know if any of you in the Midwest and New England have noticed, but IT’S FREAKING COLD OUTSIDE.

Winter got kind of a late start in 2013 (you know, since we didn’t our usual freak blizzard on Halloween) and it appears that it is now trying to make up for that lost time with a foot of new snow every week and frequent subzero temperatures.

I don’t recall moving to the South Pole, but then again my GPS has never been all that reliable.

There are very few times that I get cold. Like, really cold. Cold enough that I pile on the layers and burrito myself (yes, I made that a verb) in six blankets and still can’t shake the chill.

This has happened several times in the past couples months – you know, Polar Vortex and all. This weekend I was running errands and ran into this problem.

And since it’s not really acceptable to go grocery shopping wearing a sleeping bag, I decided a White Hot Chocolate would do the trip. Closest place? Dunkin Donuts.

I’m not a Dunkin Donuts fan. Between being a Bears/Blackhawks/Cubs fan, not knowing how to use the word “wicked” in a sentence, and not liking Dunkin Donuts it’s pretty well established that Massachusetts is never going to accept me as one of their own.

I don’t know what it is… to me, it’s just the McDonald’s of coffee and I don’t know why people are so fanatical about it. If you work at/like McDonald’s, please don’t be offended – it’s just not my jam. I would take Starbucks or Caribou Coffee over Dunkin any day.

But since they don’t have Caribou Coffee out here, and the nearest Starbucks was at the other side of town, I settled. I checked out the menu, saw that they still have pretty much the only thing I’ll drink on there, and placed my order.

Let me preface what comes next by saying there was a giant poster next to the menu about the sixteen million different kinds of hot chocolate they offer.

DD Guy: Welcome to Dunkin Donuts. May I take your order?
Me: Yes, please! I’d like a medium White Hot Chocolate.
DD Guy: We don’t have White Hot Chocolate.
Me: …. it’s on your menu.
DD Guy: That’s not something we ever carried.
Me: …  I’ve ordered it before. I’m looking at the giant poster that exclusively focuses on your many hot chocolates, including White Hot Chocolate, as we speak. Right there.
DD Guy: Oh. I meant we don’t have it right now.
Me: [sigh] That is a very different statement. Nevermind then – have a nice day.
DD Guy: [silence]

Needless to say, I was disappointed. And still cold. And dead set on a White Hot Chocolate.

So I headed home and decided to make my own White Hot Chocolate. I didn’t have any white chocolate at the house, so I made a quick pit stop and grabbed a couple Ghirardelli Classic White Chocolate Baking Bars.

You can use any kind you’d like, but I’ll tell you right now that you want to make sure one of the ingredients is cocoa butter because it makes a word of difference. Just trust me on this.

After about 5 minutes, I had myself a delicious White Hot Chocolate that I completed with a pile of whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Voila! I could hardly tell the difference between DD and mine.

Homemade is always better anyway, so go make this. Right now. It’s cold, you’re cold, and this is hot. And did I mention delicious?


White Hot Chocolate

White hot chocolate sprinkled with chocolate

White chocolate puts a velvety, decadent spin on your typical hot chocolate!

  • Author: Leslie Kiszka
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 1/2 cups of 2% milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (or omit and just use 3 cups milk)
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces high quality white chocolate, chopped
  • Whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate shavings, etc. for topping (optional)


  1. Combine milk, heavy cream, vanilla extract and white chocolate in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently until it comes to a simmer.
  2. Pour into a mug and top with whatever your heart desires.
  3. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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