Indulge in the decadent taste of this pink hot chocolate recipe, made with white chocolate and sprinkled with almond flakes! Perfect for Valentine’s Day, this romantic treat is sure to delight your taste buds and warm your heart. Sip, savor, and enjoy this yummy pink hot chocolate as a special treat on a special day!
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What Is Pink Hot Chocolate?
Pink hot chocolate—you may or may not have heard that term before! How, or why, would you make pink hot chocolate anyway?
Well, this drink is basically hot chocolate made with white chocolate, then colored with red food coloring or other ingredients.
The pink looks a little more enticing than plain white hot chocolate…and it is also PERFECT for Valentine’s Day!
Personally, I am a white chocolate lover so I’m very excited to share this recipe. If you are not (I know it can be a very divided subject) check out my classic hot chocolate with marshmallows or hot chocolate using chocolate chips instead! 😉
Here is what you’ll need to make some delicious pink hot chocolate at home:
Milk – you will need 1 cup of milk per serving. (This recipe makes one serving so it calls for 1 cup, but you can easily double or triple the recipe if you’re making this for more people!)
White chocolate – 2-3 oz of white chocolate will be just what we need for this recipe! You can use either chocolate chips or white chocolate bars. Just make sure you weigh it so get an accurate amount.
Red food coloring – you’ll just need 2-3 drops, or until the hot chocolate is your desired color. It’s really up to you on this!
Whipped cream – a little dollop of whipped cream on top will make this perfect! You can use homemade or storebought, whatever you prefer.
Almond flakes – here’s where it gets fancy—putting almond flakes on top really takes this recipe to the next level! It adds a bit of crunch and extra flavor too.
Cinnamon/Cinnamon sticks – while this is optional, I think a little 1/2 tsp of cinnamon in the drink goes a long way. You can also use cinnamon sticks to garnish the pink hot chocolate (but these are more if you’re going for a fancy/stylish look).
How to Make Pink Hot Chocolate
Here is how you can make your own pink hot chocolate at home, step by step!
Step 1: Melt Chocolate
First, take your milk and put it in a small saucepan. Turn the burner onto medium and let the milk heat up for about 2 minutes. Warming up the milk will allow the chocolate to melt much faster!
Reduce the heat to low, add 2 ounces of the white chocolate, and stir. Whatever you do, don’t turn the burner up to high. If the mixture boils, the chocolate can easily seize and then the hot chocolate will be ruined!
Once the chocolate is melted, taste for sweetness and richness. If desired, you can add another ounce of hot chocolate (see notes farther down for more on this).
Step 2: Add Other Ingredients
Once the chocolate is melted, add cinnamon and red food coloring. Stir it in well and let it cook another minute.
Step 3: Garnish and Serve!
The hot chocolate is ready to serve once this is done! Pour it into a glass and add a tablespoon or two of whipped cream to the top. Add almond flakes, more cinnamon, or whatever you would like!
Recipes Tips & Adjustments
This pink hot chocolate is delicious all by itself. However, if you want to get even more creative, there are additional toppings you can add. The list below are my best ideas! I’m specifically partial to the idea of strawberries. Don’t they sound incredible with this drink?!
- Crushed candy cane
- Strawberry sauce
- Sliced strawberries
- Freeze dried strawberries
- Mini marshmallows
- Chocolate shavings
- Chocolate syrup
- Dash of vanilla (in the hot chocolate)
In addition to toppings, there are also some ways you can adjust the base recipe to get different results.
For example, if you like thicker, creamier hot chocolate you can use heavy cream instead of milk (or half and half!)
You can also adjust the amount of white chocolate that you put in. You may notice that the recipe calls for 2-3 oz of white chocolate. That is because people like a variety of levels of sweetness and richness!
I like my hot chocolate very sweet. I loved adding the full 3 oz—however, I could only drink half a serving before it was too rich for me.
That is why I recommend starting with 2 oz, tasting it to see what you think, and then adding more if desired.
Unique Types of Pink Hot Chocolate
Besides making your own pink hot chocolate from grocery store ingredients, you can also purchase pink hot chocolate mix! This makes it even quicker and easier.
Or, you can also make pink hot chocolate bombs. This is a great way to give pink hot chocolate as a gift (for valentine’s day, birthday, etc.!)
Delicious Pink Hot Chocolate
- 1 cup milk
- 2-3 oz white chocolate
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2-3 drops red food coloring
- 1 tbsp whipped cream
- 1/3 cup almond flakes
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks (optional garnish)
- Add milk to a small saucepan. Over medium heat, let the milk heat up for about 2 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to low. Add 2 oz white chocolate chips and stir together, letting the chocolate chips melt. Keep the heat on low—do not let it boil—and continue stirring until chips are melted (about 2 more minutes since the milk is already warm).
- Taste the mixture here and decide if you would like to add another ounce of white chocolate. If desired, add the extra and let it melt. (SEE NOTE).
- Once melted, add food colouring and cinnamon. Stir until fully incorporated (I used a whisk). Once again, do not allow the mixture to boil.
- Pour liquid in a cup and serve hot with whipped cream, cinnamon, and almond flakes. Garnish with cinnamon sticks if desired, and enjoy!
- On the amount of white chocolate: I started out using 3 oz and while it was deliciously sweet (I like things nice and sweet) I couldn’t drink the whole glass because it was a little too rich. So that I was I recommend starting with 2 oz of the chocolate, and tasting it before deciding whether you would like to add the full 3 oz.
- Feel free to use white chocolate chips or a white chocolate bar, whichever you have on hand. Just make sure to weigh it!
- If you like thicker hot chocolate, use half heavy cream instead of all milk (or just use half and half).