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 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.

Homemade Chocolate Milk Recipe in a Glass with Spoon resting on glass

Homemade Chocolate Milk

Not only is it only four ingredients, but you can customize the ingredients to fit your diet!

  • milk
  • cocoa powder
  • confectioners sugar
  • vanilla

I like to use whole milk, good quality cocoa powder, organic confectioners sugar, and the best quality vanilla I can find. As I mentioned, these are also really fantastic alternatives to this recipe should you want to store ready-made powder ➡️ Chocolate Milk Powder or make your own Chocolate Syrup.

Raw Ingredients for Homemade Chocolate Milk, cocoa, milk, vanilla, confectioners sugar

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!

Glass of Frothy Chocolate Milk with Spoon

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. 

The Best Ever Homemade Chocolate Milk with Spoon Next to Glass

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Homemade Chocolate Milk

Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
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)


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.
The Chocolate Syrup Recipe is a copycat Hershey's Syrup and can be as RICH and chocolatey as you would like!

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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!

Pouring Homemade Chocolate Syrup into Milk and Making Chocolate Milk

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Reader Comments

  1. 3 cups of almond milk, 2 tablespoons of cacao powder and 3 tablespoons of agave blended it up in the blender and Wa-La!!! Thank you 😊

  2. Thank you for the recipe! I’ve been making my own chocolate milk for years as I drink it post workout to help with sore muscles. I’ve experimented with different types of sugars but never thought about confectioners. Helpful tip for those who can’t get cocoa to blend….mix dry ingredients with vanilla and a tad of warm water in bottom of cup first so it makes a syrup. Then add milk and stir or blend. I’ve noticed that it is hard to mix together when using cold milk but is much easier if you make a chocolate syrup first!

  3. This just tastes like cocoa powder mixed with milk, not chocolate milk. And certainly not even close to the best chocolate milk I’ve ever had, to be honest its not even as good as the generic store brand. I was hoping to find a recipe that compares to gourmet chocolate milk.

  4. My 11 year old found this recipe on a day she was craving chocolate milk. I love how much healthier this version is! Thank you!

    1. Hi, Venkat! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. If you want richer chocolate milk, be sure to try my Chocolate Syrup recipe, which you can add as much or as little as you would like. Have a great day!

  5. I added maybe another tablespoon-ish sugar to get rid of the raw cocoa taste. Great recipe to make for a nice rich drink!

  6. I just made this today and it’s very good. I read most of the comments, with a few saying that their drinks taste griddy. If anyone feels theirs is griddy in texture, try sifting the dry ingredients and make sure to shake your vanilla extract bottle before using.

    For my version I used keto ingredients, like stevia sugar, and almond milk, with a pinch of sea salt. So far I enjoy it, but I’m thinking about adding some whipping cream to thicken the mixture a little more. Thank you, Amanda Rettke for the recipe. 😀

  7. I was craving chocolate milk and found this recipe. Happy it wasn’t a syrup and didn’t require much time, I halved the recipe and threw it in my vitamix. Now, this isn’t chocolate syrup so it does not have that classically rich flavor, but it gets better with each sip! I like that it’s healthier. The powdered sugar leaves a bit of a powdery taste, but it becomes less noticeable after the third sip. I did have to adjust my taste buds, but I’d definitely make this again. It tastes better and better each sip and absolutely satiated my craving without the extra sugars and chemicals.

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