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Strawberry Hot Chocolate

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Last Updated on January 30, 2024 by Allison Lancaster

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! With that in mind, I know we’re all looking for fun activities that we can do as a family or with our littles that don’t require a ton of money or effort. Strawberry hot chocolate is a fun Valentine’s Day treat that you can allow your little ones to decorate as they please. 

It’s a special drink that you can make for an afterschool treat or as a dessert after a Valentine’s Day dinner. Or maybe you’re like me, and you just love strawberries (and chocolate), so this is a year-round favorite treat! Whatever the case may be, this strawberry hot chocolate is an easy and delicious drink that the entire family can enjoy! You can also try out Valentine’s Day Conversation Heart Hot Chocolate Bombs for a fun holiday drink!

You only need a few simple ingredients to make this Valentine’s hot chocolate recipe, and you can make it in just a few minutes. If you wanted you could even serve this strawberry hot chocolate for a Valentine’s day breakfast. You will need some quality white baking chocolates for melting, as well as a pinch of sugar and salt. Vanilla extract, strawberry milk, and red food coloring round out the recipe. 

closeup of strawberry hot chocolate in glass.

You will also need a little whipped topping and sprinkles if you are going to let the kids go all out and decorate their strawberry hot chocolate. You can find lots of amazing Valentine themed sprinkles this time of year! You could also top this beautiful pink hot chocolate with marshmallows in white or pink. You might even be able to find some heart-shaped marshmallows this time of year. If you have them, serve this strawberry hot chocolate in a clear mug, so everyone can ooh and aah over how pretty and pink it is.

Strawberries and chocolate are always a winning flavor combination so you certainly don’t have to save this recipe just for Valentine’s day. It’s a hot and delicious drink that can be enjoyed throughout the winter months from book clubs to date nights! This pink hot chocolate is delicious and the color is so pretty too! It’s almost too pretty to drink, but not quite! 

If you happen to have a princess, this strawberry hot chocolate recipe would be perfect for decorating and serving for a birthday or other special occasion. If you were to serve this drink to your special grown-up valentine, it would pair nicely with a plate of chocolate-covered strawberries and a butter cookie or two. 

Strawberry Hot Chocolate Ingredients & Substitutions:

Granulated Sugar – You can reduce the sugar in this recipe if you’d prefer low sugar strawberry chocolate milk. 

Baker’s White Chocolate – Use your favorite package of white chocolate for this strawberry hot chocolate. White chocolate chips are another option. 

Strawberry Milk – Milk with strawberry flavor adds to the pink color of this sweet drink. You could also use almond milk or coconut milk instead and mix it with strawberry drink mix. 

Vanilla Extract – Use strawberry extract instead if you’d prefer a more intense strawberry flavor. 

Whipped Topping – Homemade whipped cream or another type of whipped topping, such as Cool Whip, can be used. 

Sprinkles – Red, pink, and white sprinkles are perfect for this delicious treat. 

How To Make This Strawberry Hot Chocolate

  • Start by adding sugar, chocolate, salt, and water to a sauce pan.
  • Stir on medium heat until melted and combined well.
  • Add in strawberry milk and vanilla.
  • Bring to a boil and then remove from heat. 
  • Add in food coloring and stir well.
  • Top with whip cream and sprinkles.
  • Serve and enjoy! 

Equipment You’ll Need

You’ll need a saucepan, a wooden mixing spoon, and a drinking glass. It’s not necessary to use a double boiler for this delicious hot chocolate. 

strawberry hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and sprinkles


This strawberry hot chocolate is the perfect sweet treat alongside this Easy Hershey’s Chocolate Cake RecipeEasy Strawberry Dump Cake Dessert RecipeChocolate Swirl Cheesecake BarsChocolate Sugar Cookies, or Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, to name just a few!

How To Store Strawberry Hot Chocolate

This pink drink is best enjoyed immediately after it’s made. Leftover strawberry hot chocolate can be stored in an airtight container or sealable jar in the fridge. Don’t store hot chocolate that hasn’t cooled completely in the fridge. 

You can reheat the leftover strawberry hot chocolate in the microwave or the stovetop. Alternatively, add the chilled mixture to a food processor with ice cream to make a delicious strawberry milkshake with white chocolate flavors!

Recipe FAQ’s:

What do you top hot chocolate with?

Top this easy strawberry hot chocolate with a drizzle of strawberry syrup, mini marshmallows, a dusting of strawberry Nesquik or strawberry powder, and fresh strawberries. 

Do you put milk before or after hot chocolate?

I’ve added whole milk to this strawberry white hot chocolate after first melting the white chocolate in a saucepan with water, sugar, and salt. 

Which milk is best for hot chocolate?

Whole milk will produce a creamy white chocolate drink due to the high fat content. It also has a slightly sweeter taste and helps to thicken hot drinks.

What can I use instead of milk in hot chocolate?

Coconut milk or almond milk (sweetened or unsweetened) can be used to replace whole milk in classic hot cocoa.

​Can I adapt this recipe for traditional hot chocolate?

Absolutely! Instead of strawberry milk, use regular milk of chocolate milk. You can also swap out the pure white chocolate for milk chocolate or dark chocolate. 

Can I make strawberry hot chocolate with strawberry hot chocolate bombs?

Yes, you can. Instead of combining the ingredients listed in this recipe in a saucepan, heat milk over the stovetop or in a mug in the microwave and then add the Strawberry Hot Cocoa Bombs into the mugs of hot milk. Use a spoon to mix the melting hot chocolate bomb, and watch how your hot milk transforms into an irresistible mug of strawberry hot chocolate, right before your eyes! White hot chocolate bombs can also be used, but you’ll need to mix in some strawberry powdered mix for flavoring and color. 

Other Valentine’s Day Ideas

I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious recipe for strawberry hot chocolate! If you try it, please come back and leave me a comment letting me know how you liked it. And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I love hearing from you!

Strawberry Hot Chocolate Recipe:

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Strawberry Hot Chocolate

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This creamy Strawberry Hot Chocolate with melted white chocolate flavor and pretty pink coloring is perfect for Valentine's Day!


  • 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 6 Cubes Baker's White Chocolate
  • 2 Pinches Salt
  • 3/4 Quart Strawberry Milk
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 5 Drops Red Food Coloring
  • 1 Cup Whipped Topping
  • 1/2 Cup Sprinkles


    1. Start by adding sugar, chocolate, salt, and water to a sauce pan.
    2. Stir on medium heat until melted and combined well.
    3. Add in strawberry milk and vanilla.
    4. Bring to a boil and then remove from heat.
    5. Add in food coloring and stir well.
    6. Top with whip cream and sprinkles.
    7. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 363Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 94mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 0gSugar: 35gProtein: 5g

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