Chocolate Coffee

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 40 min. + chilling


12 servings

Updated: Aug. 24, 2023
A rich whipped chocolate mixture from our Test Kitchen can be used to flavor your cup of joe for some chocolate coffee. Or add it to milk for hot chocolate.
Chocolate Coffee Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 8 cups hot strong brewed coffee or whole milk
  • Optional: Whipped cream and finely chopped chocolate


  1. In a large heavy saucepan, whisk sugar, cocoa and water until smooth. Cook and whisk over medium-low heat until mixture forms soft peaks when whisk is lifted and resembles thick hot fudge sauce, about 35 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and salt. Transfer to a bowl; refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  2. Just before serving, beat the chilled chocolate mixture. Add 2 cups whipped cream; mix well. Fold in remaining 2 cups whipped cream. For each serving, place about 1/2 cup chocolate cream in 2/3 cup coffee or milk; stir to blend. If desired, top with whipped cream and chocolate. Refrigerate leftovers up to 1 day.
Chocolate Coffee Tips

What kind of chocolate should you use to make chocolate coffee?

This chocolate coffee uses baking cocoa, which blends well with coffee. Our Test Kitchen—a squad stacked with pro bakers—sampled ten cocoa brands in a blind test. Find out our favorites.

What are some variations of this chocolate coffee recipe?

Although cocoa powder is neither milk nor dark chocolate, it does have some characteristics of these common types of chocolate. If you fancy a dark-chocolate version of this drink, you’ll want to use Ghirardelli Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. You can also try topping this drink with a seasonal garnish, such as crushed peppermint. Or swap the vanilla extract for your favorite flavor, such as hazelnut.

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Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Associate Recipe Editor/Tester

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 360 calories, 30g fat (18g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 74mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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