Simple Homemade Chocolate Milk

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My homemade chocolate milk recipe is better than any chocolate milk mix you’ll find in a grocery store! This chocolate milk with cocoa powder is ready in under five minutes and there are tons of ways to customize it.

Two glasses with chocolate milk and glass straws

Is there anything more comforting than a glass of chocolate milk? We all have memories of drinking chocolate milk from a bottle or mixed with boxed powder and milk. So I wanted to try and recreate the magic of this childhood treat.

However, this time, I’ve adapted the ingredients to show you how to make chocolate milk with cocoa powder – but without any nasties added in. This is the best – and only – chocolate milk recipe you’ll ever need. 

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When Was Chocolate Milk Invented

Popular legend would suggest that an Irishman named Sir Frans Sloane was the “inventor” of choclate milk. But as so often happens, the European who claims to have invented it was not the original creator.

The story goes that Sloane was living in Jamaica and struggling with the heat. The locals gave him cocoa to drink – which he disliked – but by mixing in milk, powder chocolate milk was born. So the origin is Jamaican, where milk, cocoa, and spices have been brewed and served since the 15th century.

Top view of two cups with homemade chocolate milk

Is Chocolate Milk Good For You

Chocolate milk mixes that are pre-made tend to have lots of extra sugar in them and little nutritional benefit. But my chocolate milk with cocoa powder retains plenty of goodness. Milk is high in protein, calcium, Vitamin D, B2, and B12 and is great for healthy bones.

Chocolate Milk Ingredients

You only need a few simple ingredients for this homemade milk chocolate recipe that’s better than store-bought chocolate milk.

  • Milk: Full-fat milk makes the creamiest milk cocoa. But you can use your favorite type of milk, dairy or dairy-free (like soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, etc).
  • Cacao powder: I like using unsweetened cocoa powder, but you can use any you prefer.
  • Sugar: Any sugar works, especially white, cane, brown, or an alternative sweetener of choice e.g maple syrup, honey, etc. You can also use powdered sugar and it will dissolve quickly. Or, you can make it sugar-free.
  • Salt: Just a pinch of salt helps to intensify the flavors.
Ingredients for chocolate milk

How To Add Extra Flavor To Your Chocolate Milk

Here’s how to make chocolate milk even better:

  • Vanilla: Use vanilla powder or vanilla extract for choco milk. 
  • Espresso: A drizzle of coffee or a pinch of espresso powder (or instant coffee) will deepen the flavor of any chocolate milk drink.
  • Chocolate: I like classic homemade chocolate syrup or chocolate shavings.
  • Add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg.
  • Butter: you can add a tablespoon of butter for extra healthy fats.
  • Top with marshmallows or whipped cream.
  • Sprinkle chili powder or cayenne powder for an extra kick.
  • Add a scoop of ice cream to turn it into a chocolate milkshake.

How Is Chocolate Milk Made

For this choco milk recipe, simply place all the ingredients into a blender and mix. Taste test and adjust the sweetness if needed. Then pour it into your chocolate milk cup.

You can also use an immersion blender or a whisk and mix the chocolate milk powder drink directly into your glass.

Steps for preparing milk with cacao powder

Make Ahead Chocolate Milk

Homemade chocolate milk can be made ahead and left in the fridge before serving – just stir it well. You can keep it in the fridge for about a week (or the milk’s use-by date).

Can You Freeze Chocolate Milk

Yes! It does well in the freezer. And its lifespan is extended by freezing. The color may separate during freezing, but that’s normal. You can store it in an airtight container for up to four months.

Pouring homemade milk with cacao powder into two cups

FAQs

Does chocolate milk have caffeine?

A small amount. Chocolate contains naturally occurring caffeine – about 3-5mg in standard chocolate milk. 

Can you drink chocolate milk hot?

Yes! Simply heat the milk in a small saucepan before adding the cocoa powder, it’ll be like a creamy hot chocolate. Alternatively, heat the milk in a microwave-safe bowl or cup, then add the cocoa and whisk well.

Hot chocolate vs chocolate milk?

Hot chocolate is traditionally served warm, while this chocolate milk recipe is served cold or at room temperature. Hot chocolate can also be made with water and cream.

Does espresso intensify my chocolate milk flavor?

Yes – coffee makes chocolate taste even more chocolatey and gives it a greater depth of flavor.

Why does salt enhance the flavor of chocolate milk?

Salt cuts through the sweetness and brings a pleasant taste to cocoa powder milk.

Can you dissolve cocoa powder in water?

No. Cocoa powder is hydrophobic, which means it does not dissolve easily into water.

Why is chocolate milk good after a workout?

It is high in protein and packed with nutrients, as well as having a high water content. So it’s perfect for repairing tired muscles and aiding recovery.

Chocolate milk topped with chocolate

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Simple Homemade Chocolate Milk

5 from 25 votes
By: Samira
My homemade chocolate milk recipe is better than any chocolate milk mix you'll find in a grocery store! This chocolate milk with cocoa powder is ready in under five minutes and there are tons of ways to customize it.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients 
 

  • 2 cups milk of choice (I used full-fat milk)
  • 1 oz sugar 2 Tbsp, white, cane, coconut, etc. or sweetener of choice
  • 0.35 oz cocoa powder 2 Tbsp
  • 1/8 tsp salt optional to intensify the flavors

Instructions 

  • Place all the ingredients into a blender and mix. Taste test and adjust the sweetness if needed. Then pour it into your cup.
    You can also use an immersion blender or a whisk and mix the chocolate milk powder drink directly into your glass. 

Storage Instructions

  • Fridge: keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week (or the milk's use-by date).
    Freezer: store in an airtight container or freezer-save ziplock back for up to 4 months.

Notes

Here are some suggestions to add extra flavor or customize it to your liking:
  • Vanilla: Use vanilla powder or vanilla extract for choco milk. 
  • Espresso: A drizzle of coffee or a pinch of espresso powder (or instant coffee) will deepen the chocolate flavor of any chocolate milk drink.
  • Chocolate: I like classic homemade chocolate syrup or chocolate shavings.
  • Add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg.
  • Butter: you can add a tablespoon of butter for extra healthy fats.
  • Top with marshmallows or whipped cream.
  • Sprinkle chili powder or cayenne powder for an extra kick.
  • Add a scoop of ice cream to turn it into a chocolate milkshake.
How to make this chocolate milk hot: Heat the milk up in a small saucepan before adding the cocoa powder. Alternatively, heat the milk in a microwave-safe bowl or cup, then add the cocoa and whisk well. 
 
Check the blog post for more tips and answers to top FAQs!
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Freezer friendly: 4 Months
Shelf life: 1 Week

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 186kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 19mg, Sodium: 261mg, Potassium: 411mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 244IU, Vitamin C: 0.5mg, Calcium: 294mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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8 Comments

  1. lix says:

    5 stars
    amazinngggg so good 5 stars better if you add a little bit of coffee creamer <333

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Glad you liked it!

  2. paige says:

    5 stars
    Made this for my girls and it’s the best chocolate milk I’ve tasted! Easy, simple, and delicious.

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Glad you all liked it, Paige!

  3. Jessica says:

    5 stars
    I added all the ingredients to the blender(cold) along with a cup of ice and some vanilla extract. I used panela as sweetner. Very good!

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you for your comment, Jessica. Glad you liked it!

  4. Susan says:

    5 stars
    Just had to try this as I had all the ingredients on hand. I was amazed! This was the best chocolate milk ever. Ten times better than just mixing in store bought chocolate syrup and less expensive as I had all the ingredients. I was skeptical about the salt, but you were right, it made the flavor more intense. Learn something new every day. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you so much for your comment, Susan. So happy you enjoyed this recipe 🙂