This is quite possibly the easiest and cheapest and best option for Chocolate Milk. I am talking BEST chocolate milk I have had. Granted, I have only ever had the stuff from the grocery store. But its WAAAAYYYYY better than that. 🙂 If you loving making things from scratch, be sure to try my Homemade Yellow Cake Mix or From-Scratch Dinner Rolls!
Homemade Chocolate Milk
Not only is it only four ingredients, but you can customize the ingredients to fit your diet!
- cocoa powder
- confectioners sugar
I like to use whole milk, good quality cocoa powder, organic confectioners sugar, and the best quality vanilla I can find. If you want to have the powder on hand to make a glass of chocolate milk whenever you crave one, be sure to check out my Chocolate Milk Powder or Chocolate Syrup recipe.
How to Make Chocolate Milk
There are a few easy ways to make homemade chocolate milk. The recipe below utilizes a blender, but you could also just stir the ingredients by hand. Another method would be to add all the ingredients to a jar that you have a lid for. Add ingredients, place lid on top, and then shake shake shake!
Is Chocolate Milk Good for You?
This is a loaded question, really. Chocolate milk has the same benefits of unsweetened milk, including calcium, vitamin D, and potassium (just to name a few). However, the added sugar is what makes chocolate milk more of a dessert to have once in a while than a drink to have every day. It contains up to two times the sugar of unsweetened cow’s milk.
Is Chocolate Milk Healthy for Kids?
Just like with adults, children should drink chocolate milk in moderation. One glass of chocolate milk is more than half the recommended daily sugar intake for kids. So, it’s a great treat, just like going out for ice cream, but a treat that kids and adults should enjoy once in a while.
How to Make Chocolate Milk for Your Diet
Want all organic? Simply choose organic ingredients! Need dairy-free? Try almond milk. Want gluten free? Try raw sugar, natural dark cocoa powder (not cocoa mixes), and pure vanilla extract. If you want sugar free try replacing the sugar with liquid Stevia. Here is a great post from Deliciously Organic that can help you determine what works best for you!
You could also use lower-fat milk when you make chocolate milk. Another healthier option would be to make your own milk with chocolate syrup so you know exactly how much chocolate you are adding. Any way you pour it, chocolate milk is definitely a refreshing treat that can be enjoyed when the craving hits!
What else can you add to Homemade Chocolate Milk?
Some folks like to add a little cinnamon (I tried this and didn’t like it) or nutmeg. Others have added about a tablespoon of butter to the blender while mixing.
Want it thicker? Try adding a teaspoon for cornstarch before blending.
Make it a Chocolate Milkshake by adding vanilla ice cream!
Looking for More of the Best Chocolate Milk Recipes?
As mentioned earlier, making your own chocolate milk is probably your best bet when it comes to making it fit your nutritional needs. My homemade chocolate syrup recipe can be added to milk in your desired amount. The same goes for my chocolate milk powder. With no preservatives, you know exactly what is going in the powder and you can tweak it as you see fit.
This is quite possibly the easiest, cheapest, and best option for delicious Chocolate Milk.
- 3 cups milk, we prefer whole
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Pour milk into blender. Add in cocoa, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla. Blend all ingredients until fully incorporated, about 30 seconds.
Serve and enjoy!
This will last about one week covered in the fridge. (Or the life of the milk)
The Chocolate Syrup Recipe is a copycat Hershey's Syrup and can be as RICH and chocolatey as you would like! https://iambaker.net/chocolate-syrup-recipe/
I made another version of Homemade Chocolate Milk that utilizes homemade chocolate syrup. This is a richer version, should you want an extra chocolate punch!