The Best (Coconut!) Hot Chocolate You’ll Ever Have

My friend Sharon has three hilarious kids who are older than Toby, so she’s always revealing genius motherhood tips when we hang out, and the most recent was how to make hot chocolate even richer and more delicious by stirring in coconut milk. How brilliant is that? Here’s her secret recipe…

The Best Hot Chocolate You’ll Ever Have
By Sharon from NYC Taught Me

I came up with this recipe last winter when my family was craving hot chocolate, but I was running low on milk. I found a couple cans of coconut milk in my pantry left over from Thai recipes I had never attempted. So I threw them in the pot with some milk and chocolate. Turned out amazingly: The coconut milk gave the hot chocolate a rich, smooth, almost exotic flavor. In fact, when I tested it out for this post, my seven-year-old daughter seemed worried. She explained that restaurants will be mad because our hot chocolate is better and no one will ever want to buy theirs. I think that’s just about the best compliment she could have given me.

Recipe: The Best Hot Chocolate You’ll Ever Have

You’ll need:
2 cans 13.5-fl-oz. pure coconut milk
2 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 12-oz. bag chocolate chips (2 cups)

Place coconut milk and regular milk in sauce pan on medium high heat for 5 minutes or until steaming. Add vanilla and chocolate. Stir until all the chocolate melts. Enjoy!

(Tip: I use whole milk and full fat coconut milk to keep the hot chocolate rich. Feel free to use the low fat options if you’d like!)

How delicious for a chilly winter day. Thank you, Sharon!

P.S. More best recipes, including chocolate chunk cookies and a salted caramel brownies.

(Recipe by Sharon of NYC Taught Me. Photos by Rachel for Cup of Jo. Thanks to Shoko for helping with this series.)

  1. just made this (with water instead of whole milk) and it’s delicious!

  2. For anyone who loves hot chocolate a Cocomotion is so great. It heats everything, mixes everything, and you never have to worry about it burning like on the stove. Just dump all the ingredients in, push the button, and off it goes to the perfect temperature. I LOVE mine!

  3. Wow! I am so intrigued. First time I’ve ever heard of using coconut milk in hot chocolate. It sounds wonderful and I’m so curious, I have to try it! :D

  4. Wow! I am so intrigued. First time I’ve ever heard of using coconut milk in hot chocolate. It sounds wonderful and I’m so curious, I have to try it! :D

  5. Really great inspiration! I just made this with soy milk and melted dark chocolate, agave syrup and coriander powder for a healthier alternative. Half I had hot and for the rest I added some agar-agar to get an unbelievable delicious pudding :D

  6. I need to try this.

  7. Oh goodness – this looks delicious! :)

  8. Going to try this tonight for sure. Cold weather must-have!

  9. I love Sharon! And her kids, they are so sassy/goofy/adorable. This looks tasty, I’ll have to give it a try :)

  10. This sounds delicious! I love coconut and and chocolate so this is a MUST TRY!

  11. This looks amazing! I recently made some almond hot chocolate and had thought about using coconut milk in the recipe, but wasn’t sure how it would turn out. Now I think I’m going to have to give that a whirl!

  12. This sounds ABSOLUTELY amazing! Must try! (and what an adorable comment from your daughter!)

  13. Wow… that cup looks just heavenly. I’m dairy-free, so I may try substituting 2 cups almond milk for the regular milk. I think the results will be pretty tasty… Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Milk. HELLO!

  14. Oh my goodness this looks divine! My boyfriend has been tinkering with hot chocolate lately too (he won’t let us buy the powdered variety) and in his latest version he added fresh mint. I will have to tell him about using coconut milk.


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  16. I have one word for you: cocomotion. Seriously, the best hot chocolate maker ever…it’s an electric stir plate that will mix the cocoa and bring it to the perfect drinking temperature. It’s worth every penny.

  17. Have you ever tried Nutella hot chocolate? All you do is heat the milk and add the desired amount of nutella and stir til combined. It’s horribly addicting. This makes me wonder if combining the two would be good, bad, or just plain dangerous?


    • I just made that two nights ago.. divine.

  18. Looks delicious!

  19. Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it.

  20. Just tried this Jo…it’s evening here in London, it’s absolutely delicious!! Am almost hoping my children don’t notice I’ve made it, I want it all ;)

    Thanks for the recommendation :)

  21. Looks so delicious! I love anything coconut!

  22. I love hot chocolate coconut milk, but am dairy free so no regular milk for me. I also use vanilla coconut milk for my cappuccinos and it is delicious!

  23. VintageDanielle, no, but it sounds delicious. might pick some up at the grocery store tonight!

  24. bendancin, i was the same way. although secretly i love the little powder clumps, haha.

  25. I agree on the coconut milk! In fact, my daughter has a dairy allergy and I make our hot chocolate with only coconut milk. It is almost too rich, but delicious. I think next time I will thin it out a bit ith rice milk (no almond because we also have a nut allergy… boo!).

  26. You mean you don’t just put some powder in hot water…I have been doing it all wrong :)

  27. AGREE on the coconut! i don’t have hot chocolate that often, but when i do, i go for a mix of unsweetened almond milk and unsweetened coconut milk. i highly suggest the combo! makes for a lovely non-dairy winter beverage.

    coconut is seriously the most awesome thing ever. coconut oil for cooking, shredded coconut in smoothies and with granola, coconut milk instead of dairy milk. so many great uses.

  28. I’ve made the chocolate chunk cookies and salted caramel brownies both twice now! Loved them both (the cookies are quite possibly truly the best I ever had) and love this series. Will have to try this hot chocolate too :)

  29. I always mix my store bought hot chocolate packets with coconut milk, but now I’m inspired to whip up some from scratch. I have a feeling it’s going to taste 10x better!

  30. Just checked my pantry and I have exactly enough of everything to make half a batch! Will be the perfect amount for the two of us :)

  31. wow. yummy.

  32. Amazing! This looks delicious and is totally paleo! Thanks, Joanna.

  33. What a wonderful twist to the typical Hot Chocolate!

  34. okay.. YUM! need to make this! you have the cutest blog!!!
    now following..XO

  35. Man alive, that sounds fantastic! And on a crummy day like today in NY, it sounds especially necessary. I love how coconut milk makes everything a little fancier, yet it’s one of those staples that’s always hanging out in my cabinet.

  36. This looks soooo good! Can’t wait to try :) Thanks for sharing!

  37. This sounds really tasty! I usually make my hot cocoa with vanilla soy milk and it is a million times better than with milk :-)

  38. I enjoyed this only by reading…trying to lose a few pounds and this cannot be on my menu but you do have the best friends and best recipes : )

  39. What kind of chocolate chips?

  40. I love coconut milk hot chocolate! I usually make it with just coconut milk, but I will try combining it with dairy milk as well (or perhaps almond milk . . . so many possibilities).

  41. This is brilliant. You had me at coconut!

  42. Love Sharon. Love hot chocolate. Love Ella’s brain.

  43. Sounds delish. Have you tried Silk’s dark chocolate almond milk? I got some last night and it is heavenly good!!