The BEST Homemade Chocolate Milk

filed under: Food + Drink on February 7, 2013

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!

Chocolate Milk

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, which is McCormick Extra Rich Vanilla Extract.

Homemade Chocolate Milk

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!

So basically this awesomely delicious treat is perfect for everyone!

Homemade Chocolate Milk! ~ Four Easy Ingredients by

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!

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.

4.34 from 6 votes
Homemade Chocolate Milk
Prep Time
1 min
Total Time
1 min

This is quite possibly the easiest and cheapest and best option for Chocolate Milk. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BEST Homemade Chocolate Milk
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 3 cups milk, we prefer whole
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons powder sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon good quality vanilla
  1. Pour milk into blender. Add in cocoa, powder sugar, and vanilla. Blend all ingredients until fully incorporated, about 30 seconds. Re-blend as needed. 

  2. Serve and enjoy!
  3. This will last about one week covered in the fridge. (Or the life of the milk)

The Best Ever Homemade Chocolate Milk!


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  • paigewhitley says:

    I love how you said it would last in the fridge, it lasted about 45 seconds before the husband and kids had drunk it up and I was mixing up more! I did use 3T of the powdered sugar but otherwise, the exact same. LOVE it!!

  • Mike says:

    Made this today and liked it very much, I used to drink a half gallon a day of store bought chocolate milk and gained a lot of weight, I’m hoping now I can at least drink this a few times a week without gaining weight. I used Splenda and I’m telling you I can live without store chocolate milk now. Thank you for the awesome recipe.

  • Paula says:

    It’s a MUCH better option than store bought chocolate syrup or should I say chocolate corn syrup! 🙂

  • Diane says:

    I agree that the cocoa flavor was a bit strong. I added at least a quarter cup of powdered sugar, so it tastes more like a milkshake… But that isn’t all that bad 😉 And anyway, my toddler likes it and we’re trying to up her milk intake, so everyone wins. Thanks!

  • Alex says:

    Love it!! My mom and I are both huge chocolate lovers, with a weakness for dark chocolate almond milk. Made this recipe using unsweetened vanilla almond milk (so I omitted the vanilla) and raw sugar, and we both agree it tastes way better than the stuff from the store 🙂 Yes, it is definitely a rich chocolate flavor, so use 1.5 tbsp of cocoa powder if you prefer a lighter flavor!

  • Steffani says:

    SO delicious!!! This cured my pregnancy craving and is so easy. I used a little immersion stick that I use to emulsify butter in my (decaf) coffee and it worked really well!

  • mayA says:

    thank you that was great!!!

  • JOAN Trusso says:

    I love to try new recpies and came across your sit e. So please send me recpies and I’m going to try this Neopolitain Cheesecake , looks delicous.

  • Bonnie says:

    My daughter and I get wic and she gets burned out on milk. They give you SO much so my milk was going to waste. Then I found this recipe and now she drinks milk all the time! Thank you so much for solving that problem for me. This is super easy and she can even help make it!!

  • Diamond says:

    I just made this as an after school snack with the kids. Ours was barely chocolate milk. With the foam from blending, it was a light and fun treat but not what i would call chocolate milk.

    I use weight to measure my ingredients. We can’t have corn, so must blend our own powdered sugar. Based on the bags we used to buy, 2 TBS is 15 grams. Our cocoa powder says 2 TBS would be 10 grams. I am very curious how much your TBS of powdered sugar and cocoa powder weighed?

    We will probably double the sugar and cocoa powder if the kids want to have this again.

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks for the insight! I have not weighed the ingredients, but if I ever do I will share!

  • Laurie Griffith says:

    I made using 4 cups of milk, 8 teaspoons of powdered sugar, 8 teaspoons of cocoa and one teaspoon of vanilla extract. It was barely sweet, almost so that I couldn’t taste the sugar. I added about two more tablespoons of sugar, and then my hubby loved it.

  • Julie says:

    Can this chocolate milk also be made into hot chocolate?

    • Amanda says:

      I suppose that yes, you could. If you do use hot milk be VERY careful if using a blender though!

  • Malorye says:

    I made this today for my boys, it was delicious! It dissolved very well, which is rare for chocolate milk mixes (even store bought). I doubled the sugar tho, cause it was too chocolaty for my clan, and it made it perfect. Thank you for sharing it!

  • Linzy says:

    I loved this recipe! The store was all out of chocolate milk, and I decided to give this a try. Glad I did! Not going back to store bought stuff again! So easy and fast to make! Although I had to almost double the sugar to make it taste somewhat more similar to what I buy at the store, as I’m used to that kind of sweetness. My only concern was that cocoa powder is a bit grainy, so consistency isn’t as smooth as what you get at the store. Going to have to try to create a chocolate syrup instead, but that would involve boiling and MUCH more time to prepare.

  • Freddi Makings says:

    Just made this, and definitely making again! Very good and cheaper than buying it from the supermarket!

  • Danny says:

    I hated it for the following reasons:
    – Wasn’t sweet enough (needed additional tablespoon of sugar)
    – Tasted like cocoa milk rather than chocolate (blended)
    – Tastes like there’s a hint of coffee mixed into it, for some reason. There’s no coffee after-taste, however.

    • Amanda says:

      Not sure your reasons for hating it have anything to do with the recipe.

  • Bura says:

    This chocolate milk is really good and it’s weird this is white foam on the top of it though

  • John Hoopes says:

    I am trying to lose weight eating low carb, so I put a cup of cashew milk (thicker and creamer than almond or coconut, and with fewer carbs, practically none), one heaping teaspoon cocoa powder (I have experimented with many, like Droste best so far–am still experimenting with Dutch processed vs not, there is a difference) 3 packets of Stevia, and dash of pure vanilla, and mix with immersion stick blender, it is great. Do you have any ideas of how to make it even better?

    • Bob says:

      If you microwave a small amount of milk and add the cocoa and sugar to that and mix it into a paste like substance you can just add the milk to that and stir. Makes it so you do not have to dirty the blender. I did this 2 cups instead of 3.

  • Tali Simon says:

    I read a lot of the comments here before deciding to make it, and I almost didn’t because so many people said they didn’t like it or had to change the proportions to get something they did like. Ultimately, though, I thought it was worth a try because this is such a reputable blog…

    Like many others, I need more sugar to get a taste that replicated store-bought chocolate milk. I actually had to go up to SIX Tbsp powdered sugar to mask the cocoa powder taste — until then, it just tasted so powdery The other drawback for me was that since I don’t have a blender, I used my food processor (with the knife blade) and even though the 3 cups milk didn’t reach the “liquid fill” line, it made a huge mess which was a pain to clean up.

    I imagine the brand of the cocoa powder is really important here. I’m not sure what else would account for the difference. I’ll probably look around for a different chocolate milk recipe or just stick with my usual Java syrup/milk combo. Gorgeous photos, though!

    • Amanda says:

      Tali- the point is NOT to replicate the syrupy store bought chocolate milk. The point is to make a natural homemade version that is chocolatey and a little sweet. In the homemade version you can control ingredients. It would be impossible for me to create a recipe that tastes perfect to everyone.
      The goal in recipe sharing is to create a solid baseline and people can tweak it to meet their needs. Some want more sugar, some want less, some want none! If you are looking for a homemade recipe to replicate the store bought version then yes, you will want to look elsewhere. Thanks.

  • Bridget says:

    I was craving for chocolate milk so I made this without looking at the negative comments below, well no regrets because it was absolutely delicious! I blended 2 cups of low fat milk, added one banana and cocoa powder to taste with no sugar added. I used Hershey’s cocoa powder, and liked how it isn’t too sweet like commercial brands. Cheers!

    • Amanda says:

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Dienna Schiro says:

    Thanks I love chocolate milk but I am a Diabetic I am really going to love this..

  • Lynda says:

    This was so good! My son was was really craving some but I hate the commercial varieties (too sweet & full of chemicals). This is perfect because we used half sugar half stevia and lactose free milk (we’re lactose intolerant). I doubled the cocoa on my second batch and it was even better. I added some strong decaf coffee for a healthier frappucino. So easy to make in the Magic Bullet. Thanks!

  • Connie says:

    I don’t know what the negative comments are about! I made this and it tasted absolutely amazing and much more natural than the shop bought stuff. Although you might want to tweek the sugar to suit you

    • Amanda says:

      Exactly! 🙂 <3

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