Matcha (Green Tea) White Hot Chocolate

Damn, how good does that look? Answer: VERY VERY GOOD.

I love hot chocolate and I love matcha so this Matcha White Hot Chocolate brings my favorites together in one delicious drink.

The recipe is really simple and comes together in minutes.

How to Make Matcha White Hot Chocolate

All you need to do is simmer some milk and add in the chopped white chocolate, sifted matcha, honey, and salt.

The core of the recipe is the milk, white chocolate, and matcha so you can adjust or omit the honey and salt to your liking. I like to add salt to my hot chocolates since it makes the flavors pop since it intensifies the sweetness.

I use a handheld milk frother to whisk everything together but I’ve also used my latte maker and it created a nice and frothy drink too.

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If you want to add an extra sweet touch for Valentine’s Day, top it with pink marshmallows. (I got mine from Muji but you can try these if you want something similar.) As always, I like to toast my marshmallows using a kitchen torch.

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Using Matcha in Recipes

There are multiple grades of matcha (powered green tea) and you don’t want to use the highest/most expensive when adding them to a recipe. In the United States, they’ll label higher end matcha as Ceremonial Grade (no such labeling exists in Japan, it’s strictly for marketing purposes) and lower grade matcha as Culinary or Cooking Grade.

I like to go for good Culinary Grade matcha when incorporating matcha into recipes.

What makes it a good Culinary Grade matcha? Color is the best indicator. It should be as close to vibrant green as possible. The super low-end matcha is a very dull, almost grey, green — no bueno.

You may see sweetened matcha which comes with added sugar, but I usually tend to stay away from those and add my own sweetener, like honey, if it’s needed.

Just a note, matcha has a high level of caffeine, so it may not make the best nighttime beverage.


Makes 2 cups 

2 cups milk (Any milk you like.)
1/2 cup white chocolate, chopped (I used Lindt.)
1 tablespoon matcha
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon salt
optional: toasted pink marshmallows 

In a saucepan, bring milk to a simmer over medium-low heat. Take off heat and whisk or stir in chopped white chocolate. Sift in matcha, honey, and salt until well combined.

Pour matcha milk hot chocolate into two mugs and if you would like, top with toasted pink marshmallows.

Note: This post was originally published in February 2013 and has been updated with new content and photos.

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  • Greensummer
    5 years ago

    Wow. That look insanely delicious ! And so simple to prepare at home. This is perfect for matcha lovers like me. Good job ! 🙂

  • Jee (Oh, How Civilized)
    5 years ago

    Thanks, Greensummer!

  • Greensummer
    5 years ago

    You inspired me this morning so I made myself matcha pancakes, yum ! 🙂

  • Jee (Oh, How Civilized)
    5 years ago

    Greensummer, nice!!

  • 5 years ago

    This recipe sounds absolutely amazing! I can't wait to try it

  • 5 years ago

    That looks so perfect. I love those marshmallows from City Bakery. My daughter will, too. I need to get some for us and make this. (Or hire you to do it for me! Ha!)

  • Jee (Oh, How Civilized)
    5 years ago

    Hi Nicole, try it and let me know how you like it!

    Hi Michele, I would recommend make it with less matcha (1/2 teaspoon or less) if you're making it for your daughter. The matcha is jam packed with caffeine so be warned.

    City Bakery's Hot Chocolate Festival is going on now. You can also pick one up while getting the marshmallows!

  • notesontea
    5 years ago

    omg, this looks delicious! I wonder how it would taste if I used dark (or milk) chocolate.

  • notesontea
    5 years ago

    p.s. where did you purchase your whisk?

  • Jee (Oh, How Civilized)
    5 years ago

    Hi notesontea, I avoided dark and milk chocolate since I didn't want it to compete with or overwhelm the matcha flavor and color. Give it a try though and let me know if you prefer it over the white chocolate!

    I got the whisk at IKEA:

  • 3 years ago

    I absolutely loved this! It comes together so quickly and is perfect for a cold morning.

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