Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

This gingerbread hot chocolate recipe is a nice twist on a traditional classic. It's a great one for Christmas morning breakfast because you can make it the night before, reheat and serve! 

Gingerbread hot chocolate with whipped cream in Christmas themed cup and saucer

This recipe comes from my Christmas Morning Breakfast Menu I did for the Kin Community YouTube Channel a few years back. You can watch the full video below!

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STEP#1 : Make The Whipped Cream Topping

You'll add heavy cream, vanilla extract and powdered sugar to a bowl of an electric mixer. 

Adding heavy cream to a kitchen aid mixer

Then you'll add a selection of spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ground ginger and allspice (recipe below).

This creates the "Gingerbread flavor" as the cream melts into the hot chocolate. For another fun Christmas flavor my my Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe

Adding spices to a kitchen aid mixer

You can then transfer your whipped cream to an air-tight container so it's it's ready to go on Christmas morning (saves a step during the morning chaos!)

whipped cream placed in plastic container

STEP#2: Heat Milk and Half and Half. Add Chocolate

I find a combination of milk and half and half creates the best consistency for homemade hot chocolate. It's not too rich and not too watery. It's just right!

heating milk in a sauce pan Adding Half and half to a sauce pan

Then you'll add the chocolate. I like to use milk chocolate chips for this because then you don't need to add anymore sugar, the milk chocolate is sweet enough.

Adding milk chocolate chips to a sauce pan

But you could also add semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips and add a little powdered sugar to sweeten it up as desired.

STEP#3: Pipe Whipped Cream

Mound of pipped whipped cream on a cup of hot chocolate

To make your whipped cream topping look extra fancy, transfer it to a pastry bag fitted with a star tip and pipe a little mound on top. 

STEP#4: Add Cinnamon Stick Stirrer

Finish with a cinnamon stick stirrer and you'll have one festive hot chocolate for Christmas morning breakfast! Merry Christmas!

Adding cinnamon stick to a cup of hot chocolate in a christmas cup

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Gingerbread hot chocolate with whipped cream in Christmas themed cup and saucer

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Yield: serves 6
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

A delicious Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Recipe perfect for holiday entertaining or Christmas morning breakfast!


Hot Chocolate

  • 6 cup (1440ml) of whole milk
  • 1 cup (240ml) half and half
  • 1 cup (240ml)milk chocolate chips
  • 6 cinnamon sticks for garnish

Gingerbread Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups (480 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon (7 g)  powder sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon (0.5 g) ground ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon (2 g) cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon (1 g) allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves (.0.5 g)  ground


  1. For gingerbread cream, combine all ingredients in a bowl and whip until stiff peaks form.
  2. For hot chocolate, place milk, and half and half in a large sauce pan, set on simmer.  Once it begins to warm add chocolate chips.  Stir with a whisk until chocolate is completely dissolved.
  3. Garnish with gingerbread cream on top, and 1 cinnamon stick for a stirrer.


You can make the whipped cream ahead of time. Place in a air-tight container and store in the refrigerator

You can also make the hot chocolate ahead of time. Place in a glass pitcher and either heat in the microwave until hot, or pour back in to the sauce pan.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 109mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 8g

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