10 Surprising Things You Need to Start Making with Chocolate Milk

If you're only using chocolate milk as an after-school snack, you don't know what you're missing! Here are 10 ways to swap out plain ol' milk for something sweeter.

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Chocolate Thumbprints Cookies
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Double-Chocolate Cookies

To crank up the chocolate flavor, swap out the regular milk in your recipe for chocolate milk. It should give you an added boost of sweetness, too. Start baking with our most delicious chocolate cookie recipes!

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Tres leches cake served with a hot chocolate
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Tres Leches Cake

This moist and buttery Spanish cake gets its name because of the three milks used: sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and whole milk or heavy whipping cream. For a sweet upgrade, use chocolate milk and chocolate cake mix instead.

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Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie
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Pour chocolate milk (or a chocolate milk alternative) into a fruity smoothie or shake for a chocolate-covered flavor. You can also replace regular milk with chocolate milk in any dessert-inspired drink, featuring other sweet ingredients like bananas and peanut butter.

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Chocolate Bundt cake with chocolate glaze on an old wooden table background.
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Bundt Cake

Take an already rich Bundt cake up a notch by baking with chocolate milk instead. You won’t regret how moist and delicious your Bundt cake turns out to be! Give our best Bundts a try.

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Pecan Chocolate Waffles
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Your breakfast deserves to be decadent—especially on a Saturday morning. You can replace the 2% or whole milk in any recipe with chocolate, or make our drool-worthy Pecan Chocolate Waffles. (The chocolate butter that goes on top will send you to your happy place.)

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Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate swirl icing

Cupcakes & Frosting

For a subtle cocoa flavor, you can doctor up a box mix by using chocolate milk instead of regular milk. To create the perfect buttercream frosting, use a splash of chocolate milk and some cocoa powder. It will be even more sweet and delicious than your usual treat.

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Fluffy hot chocolate
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Hot Chocolate

No matter the weather, a comforting cup of hot cocoa is always a sweet way to end the day. Double up the chocolate by making your next batch with chocolate milk instead of regular milk. Here’s how to make hot chocolate the old fashioned way—on the stovetop.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Soy Pops
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Ice Pops

You can sweeten up a frozen chocolate pop even more by using chocolate milk. (This collection of homemade popsicles should give you some inspiration.) Whether you’re using a dairy alternative or the real thing, your family won’t be able to eat these fast enough.

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Blueberry and banana breakfast overnight oatmeal in a mason jar
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Overnight Oats

The best part about making your breakfast in advance is that it’s all ready to go when you wake up in the morning. The second best part—you can use chocolate milk to make a healthy breakfast special! Learn how to make overnight oats.

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Ice coffee cup with cream.


Instead of adding a splash of flavored cream, grab the chocolate milk from your refrigerator. It’s a sweet way to start your morning, whether you drink your coffee when it’s steaming hot or prefer a cold brew. Here are 10 more things to add to your cup.

Jacqueline Weiss
Jacqueline is a blogger and writer, passionate about sharing the latest in helpful tips and trends in food and cooking. In her spare time, you’ll find her trying new restaurants and experimenting in the kitchen.