Looking for a fun and festive twist on the classic hot chocolate recipe? Give Red Velvet Hot Chocolate a try! It's deeply indulgent, and one cup simply will never be enough. The deliciously sweet cream cheese "frosting" tops off this wintery drink, making it oh so irresistible. One of our favorite cakes here at Southern Living is the sole inspiration for this crowd-pleasing hot chocolate.

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15 mins
15 mins
5 cups


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  • Beat together 1 cup heavy cream, 2 ounces room temperature cream cheese, 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.

  • Cover and chill. Whisk together 4 cups whole milk, 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder and 1/2 cup granulated sugar in medium saucepan.

  • Bring to simmer over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved and milk is hot. Remove from heat and whisk in 6 ounces chopped milk chocolate, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 2 teaspoons white vinegar, and 11/2 teaspoons red food coloring.

  • Pour into serving cups. Pipe or dollop with Cream Cheese "Frosting". Garnish with crumbled red velvet cake and marshmallows, if desired.