Bright Pink Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream Recipe
Pink Hot Chocolate can be made on the stove or in a crock pot. This delicious recipe is not only super easy to make but also a huge hit for any Valentine’s Day party, Barbie Party, or afternoon tea party treat. Surprise your mom with this yummy pink hot chocolate on her breakfast tray for an easy Mother’s Day Idea. No matter when you decide to make this recipe it will be made with love for those you love!
This Bright Pink Hot Chocolate topped with whipped cream and sprinkles is sure to warm you up on a cold day and bring a smile to anyone’s face. Add some shaved white chocolate, mini marshmallows, and sprinkles to give this already delightful chocolate drink a little more fun. If you want an all white chocolate drink you will love this Ultimate White Hot Chocolate!
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What You Need to Make this Bright Pink Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream
- 1 cup milk or Dairy Free Milk
- 1 cup Strawberry milk
- 2-3 tbsp white chocolate chips
- 1 tsp sugar
- Heavy Cream
- Red food coloring (2-3 drops) or
- Red gel food coloring or
- Bright Pink food coloring or
- Natural Pink Food Dye Powder
- Whipped cream for serving
- Red and pink sprinkles
- Mini Marshmallows
- Strawberry syrup
- Sauce Pan
- Pink Whisk or Spoon to stir
- Stove for low-medium heat
How to Make Bright Pink Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream
First things first! Gather all your simple ingredients and let’s make the best pink hot chocolate recipe! Traditional hot chocolate is dark but we want to control the color of this hot cocoa so we’re going to use white chocolate chips. You can use either regular dairy whole milk, oat milk, almond milk, cashew milk, or even coconut milk. I have yet to find a milk that doesn’t work well with this recipe. I have even used strawberry milk in the past for one of my daughters and the hot chocolate has turned out even more delicious!
For a healthy fun twist… If you are staying away from artificial flavors try pureeing strawberries first and then mixing it into the milk. This will not only still give the milk a beautiful pink color but also keep you away from food dyes while still being lightly sweet from the sugar in the fruit. Take it to the next level by adding some pureed strawberries to the top. You could also use this Natural Pink Food Dye Powder its actually really pretty mixed into milk!
This recipe is for a small batch of hot chocolate so use a small saucepan. If you want a larger amount just double or triple the recipe. You can even heat this hot cocoa up in a slow cooker to keep it warm for longer and be able to serve more people. I’ve had a cup or two of the pink hot chocolate room temperature instead of warm and it was actually really good and a great way to make sure kids don’t burn themselves.
In a stove top sauce pan over medium heat, warm your milk enough to melt the chocolate. Turn it down to low heat and stir in the white chocolate chips. If the milk is really warm then remove the milk mixture from the heat and continue to stir. Add in some heavy cream to make this hot chocolate a little thicker and more velvety. You could add in more red dye and it could be a red velvet hot chocolate.
If you have gotten through this recipe this far and you’re still a little nervous, just try this Pink Hot Chocolate Mix it actually makes a delicious treat, just add hot milk or a cup of hot water.
Have a few white chocolate lovers in the house? Add a little more white chocolate chips to the milk or make this Ultimate White Hot Chocolate for them. It takes white hot chocolate to a whole new level and is a perfect way to keep everyone happy.
This is a perfect treat for your kids after they get home from school or you’re taking a break from your homeschool lessons. Sit and sip your Pink Hot Chocolate while reading a book or just talking. Test your kids taste buds while having them guess what ingredients are in the drink.
If you want creamy white hot chocolate then stop here and don’t add the red or pink dye! I included how to make this hot chocolate a little healthier above if you want to go back. It’s a great choice for anyone that reacts to dyes.
Once the chocolate and milk is well incorporated you can add in either red food dye or pink food coloring. Check your local store for some bright pink food dye. Add just a few or several drops of the dye into the milk whisking or stirring between each drop to see how the milk changes. Keep adding for a darker color and stop when you love the color. If you’re going for a red velvet then add more red to the milk mixture.
Let your kids help with this recipe while teaching them about color mixing and what temperature melts the chocolate. You can also teach them how to double, triple, or even quadruple a recipe to fit your needs. Anything can be a learning experience for kids. You just have to be patient and willing to teach them! They also come up with the greatest questions!
Grab your clear mugs and pour your yummy pink hot chocolate into about 1/2 to 3/4 full. A little less for younger kids or if you’re adding a pink hot chocolate bomb to the top. You want enough space so the kids don’t spill on the way to the table or chain and so they can still put whipped cream and all the topping they want on top. Add in a pink rock candy stick to stir for some really crazy amount of sugar! No seriously, rock candy brings this hot cocoa up to a whole new level!
What Toppings are Best on Hot Chocolate?
You can top your pink hot chocolate with homemade or canned whipped cream, sprinkles, marshmallows, chocolate, or strawberry syrup. If you choose to top with several sweet treats Here’s a complete list of fun toppings that you can add to make each hot chocolate drink extra special. Get the full list in a complete printable by clicking the link below. Sometimes a little topping goes a long way but not with hot chocolate, I think the more the merrier!
- Ghirardelli Chocolate Syrup
- White Chocolate Syrup
- Strawberry Syrup
- Ghirardelli Carmel Syrup
- Strawberry puree
- Whipped Cream
- Pink food coloring to mix into the whipped cream
- Giant Marshmallows
- Mini Marshmallows
- Holiday Sprinkles for Birthday, Valentines, Christmas, Wedding, or just a special rainbow day.
- Sprinkle Pink Hot Cocoa for coloration
- Edible Glitter
- Pink Hot chocolate Bombs to go on the top and make it even more chocolaty.
- M&M’s, White Kit Kat, or any white chocolate candy bar.
- Candy Canes
- Milk Straws
- Chocolate Shavings
- Chocolate chips chopped up in a food processor
- Toffee Bits
- Chopped up Wafer Cookies esp the strawberry kind
- Pirouline Cream filled wafer cookies look like straws coming out of the top of your drink.
- Your favorite cookies broken up
- Chocolate dipped spoons
- Rock Candy Sticks as stirrers
Get a printable Hot Chocolate Bar Checklist by clicking the image below or you can find the printable in my shop.
Why Have a Hot Chocolate Bar?
Having a hot chocolate bar is a great party idea. Take your celebration and pink hot chocolate to a whole new level with a hot cocoa bar with lots and lots of toppings. A pink hot choclate would work perfectly for a tea party, birthday party, valentines, mother’s day, or any event that need some thing extra special and chocolaty.
This checklist will help keep you on track at the store while giving you fun ideas. Did you know you can add a rock candy to a hot chocolate? Nope? Well, its on the list. Download the free printable to help you make your party the best with a Pink Hot Chocolate Bar Checklist!
Serve the drink in a clear mug or a mason jar so the kids can see the pretty pink drink! Make sure it’s a mason jar that has a handle on the side so the kids can hold it and it also won’t be too hot. Your kids are going to have so much fun drinking this beautiful pink hot cocoa. Use some Unicorn colored marshmallows to make your kids a pink unicorn hot chocolate it’s also a fun way to make a unicorn party epic!
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. If it lasts that long. 🙂
Did your kids enjoy this delicious drink?