Whipped Hot Chocolate

published Feb 21, 2022
Whipped Hot Chocolate Recipe

A fun twist on a classic sweet drink.


Prep10 minutes

Cook5 minutes

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two clear glass mugs with white drinks with chocolate shavings and marshmallows on top.
Credit: Sahara Bohoskey

Hot chocolate is the quintessential winter drink. As a kid, I remember going to coffee shops and ordering a small hot cocoa with “lots of whipped cream, please!” That’s why this whipped hot chocolate, a riff on the TikTok Dalgona trend, is my go-to recipe for these cold winter months. The whipped cream mixed with the warmed milk creates a velvety mousse-like texture that makes it absolutely indulgent.

What Is Whipped Hot Chocolate?

Whipped hot chocolate is simply chocolate-flavored whipped cream that’s married with warmed milk. It’s the delicious cousin of classic hot chocolate but with a more velvety, luscious texture. 

Credit: Sahara Bohoskey

What Cocoa to Use for Whipped Hot Chocolate

You can use either a combination of cocoa powder and powdered sugar in this recipe or, if you want to make things even easier, use your favorite hot cocoa mix in place of the cocoa and sugar. If using cocoa powder, use a good-quality one that isn’t bitter. For a rich chocolate color, try using Dutch-process cocoa.

How to Make Whipped Hot Chocolate

You can whisk the cream, cocoa, and powdered sugar (or just cream and hot cocoa mix) by hand or use a hand mixer. Either way, be sure to whisk from-the-fridge cold cream! It helps speed up the whisking process.

Whipped Hot Chocolate Recipe

A fun twist on a classic sweet drink.

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 5 minutes

Serves 2

Nutritional Info


  • 3/4 cup

    cold heavy cream

  • 3 tablespoons

    Dutch process or natural cocoa powder, plus more for dusting

  • 1/4 cup

    powdered sugar

  • 1/8 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 2 cups

    whole milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    vanilla extract

  • Marshmallows, for serving


  1. Place 3/4 cup cold heavy cream, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt into a large bowl. Whisk with an electric hand mixer or a sturdy whisk until soft peaks form, 2 to 7 minutes.

  2. Place 2 cups whole milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently. Pour the milk into 2 mugs. Top with the whipped chocolate, dust with cocoa powder, and serve immediately with marshmallows.

Recipe Notes

Hot chocolate mix variation: You can substitute 2 packages of hot cocoa mix for the cocoa powder and powdered sugar in this recipe, if preferred.