This simple recipe for Rose White Hot Chocolate combines rose petal-infused milk and melted white chocolate to seriously elevate your standard hot chocolate.
Remember how exciting hot chocolate was when you were a kid? Sure, you loved going outside to play in the snow. But what you really wanted was to come inside and warm up while enjoying a mug of hot chocolate. With extra marshmallows.
As we get older, we tend to drink hot chocolate less and less, opting for coffee or tea instead. And, sure, drinking hot chocolate every day would likely be a bit much for many of us. But don't we all deserve a special treat from time to time?
This rose white chocolate chocolate takes the standard hot chocolate and makes it a bit more sophisticated. It's the kind of hot chocolate you'll want to cozy up with after a long day of work. You deserve it!
Ingredients for Rose White Hot Chocolate
This hot chocolate doesn't require much work at all and the ingredient list is quite simple. Here's what I used:
- Milk: I like to use whole milk for hot chocolate since it results in a rich treat. But you can use whatever kind of milk or nondairy beverage that you want. Use skim milk for a lighter drink or almond, soy, coconut, or oat milk if you prefer.
- Rose Petals: Make sure you use edible culinary grade rose petals for the milk. There are lots of options available, but here are the ones I use (affiliate link).
- Vanilla: I like to add just a touch of vanilla to the milk to add a little dimension of flavor.
- Pink Food Coloring (optional): Sadly, the rose petals don't turn the milk as pink as it looks in my photos. I opted to use just a couple drops of pink food coloring to give the white hot chocolate a pink tinge. You don't have to do this if you don't care how it looks.
- White Chocolate: I recommend using a high-quality white chocolate as it will melt into the milk the best and result in the best flavor. I usually opt for Ghirardelli brand (affiliate link).
- Whipped Cream and Mini Marshmallows (for topping): What's hot chocolate without some fun toppings? Whipped cream and mini marshmallows add a little extra fun to this hot drink.
How to Infuse Milk with Rose Petals
The first step of this recipe is to infuse the milk with a little bit of rose flavor. I use 4 cups of milk and about 3 Tbsp rose petals.
Let the mixture come to a simmer and then remove from heat, cover, and let sit for about 30 minutes.
Pour the milk through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Add vanilla and pink food coloring if you want to use it.
How to Make White Hot Chocolate
The rest is easy! Just pour milk back into saucepan over low heat and stir in the white chocolate. Continue stirring until white chocolate is completely melted and mixture is smooth.
Pour white hot chocolate into mugs.
And top with whipped cream, mini marshmallows, and some more crushed rose petals for visual appeal.
And then wrap your hands around your mug and enjoy a little bit of sweet, sweet quiet time.
This rose white hot chocolate makes a delicious treat any time of winter, but I especially love it as a reward for shoveling your driveway or playing with your kids (or dog) in the snow for hours.
I also love it as a fun Valentine's Day drink that you can serve to your loved ones. Obviously the color is perfect... And what better time for a sweet drink?
I haven't tried adding alcohol to this white hot chocolate, but, of course, that's always an option, too. I think light rum would be delicious. But so would Rum Chata or Khalua (though it would change the color a bit).
Note that this recipe makes 4 servings of rose white hot chocolate, but I poured mine into extra-large mugs, so got just 2 servings.
The rose petals add a very subtle rose flavor and it isn't overpowering in any way. My husband is a huge white chocolate fan, but I wasn't sure how he'd feel about the rose.
He ended up loving it! He said he could definitely tell the hot chocolate was rose-infused, but in a nice and subtle way.
Can I Make This with Milk Chocolate or Dark Chocolate?
Yes, definitely! Of course, you wouldn't be able to achieve the same pretty pink color if you use milk or dark chocolate instead of white chocolate. But it would be absolutely delicious.
And you can still top it with whipped cream and additional rose petals.
More Recipes Using White Chocolate
If you're looking for more ways to enjoy white chocolate (this drink lets you REALLY enjoy it!), here are some of my other favorite recipes:
- White Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream
- Mint White Chocolate S'mores
- Peppermint Pavlova with White Chocolate Whipped Cream
- Strawberry Milk White Chocolate Cookies
- Honey Bee Cupcakes with White Chocolate Honey Ganache
- White Chocolate Nut Butter Cups (from Addicted to Dates)
- Lemon and White Chocolate Loaf (from Clayton's Cookbook)
If you bought a big bag of rose petals, you should also make these Rose Pistachio Cookies... One of my most popular cookie recipes!
This rose white hot chocolate is helping me come to terms that it's been snowing every few days here in the Boston-area. Spending a little time outside shoveling isn't so bad when you have a delicious warm drink waiting for you!
When was the last time you had hot chocolate?
Rose White Hot Chocolate
- 4 cups whole milk (or dairy/nondairy beverage of your choice)
- 3 Tbsp dried rose petals, plus more for topping
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 drops pink food coloring, optional
- 1 cup high-quality white chocolate chips or 6 oz. white chocolate bar, roughly chopped
- Whipped cream, for topping
- Mini marshmallows, for topping
- Add milk and rose petals to a saucepan set over low heat. Let mixture come just to a simmer and then remove from heat and cover. Let sit for about 30 minutes to infuse rose flavor into milk.
- Pour milk through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl, leaving rose petals behind. Stir in vanilla and pin food coloring, if using.
- Pour mixture back into saucepan over low heat. Add in white chocolate and stir until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is smooth. Be sure not to let mixture come to a boil.
- Divide white hot chocolate between 4 mugs and top with whipped cream, mini marshmallows, and additional rose petals.