Matcha is meant to be paired with something sweet so it works beautifully with white hot chocolate. This green tea and hot chocolate drink is made even better with toasted marshmallows.
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.
What’s it taste like? It’s like a rich, creamy, and sweetened matcha latte. So good.
The recipe is really simple and comes together in minutes.
How to Make Matcha Hot Chocolate
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Here’s What I Used to Make This Recipe:
- I used good quality culinary/cooking grade matcha. The brighter the green, the better the quality.
- I got a white chocolate bar and about 3/4 of the bar goes into this recipe.
- Milk, honey, and salt (If you don’t use this salt, you’re missing out.)
- A tea strainer does double duty in my kitchen — I use it to strain out tea leaves and to sift matcha for this recipe. Sifting prevents clumpy matcha.
- Saucepan to heat up the milk and chocolate.
- I used a handheld milk frother (I’ve purchased from different brands and this one lasted the longest) to whisk everything together.
- Glass mugs which shows off the lovely green from the matcha.
- I got some pink marshmallows from Muji but you can go with these instead.
- To toast the marshmallows, I got out my handy kitchen torch.
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.
Matcha (Green Tea) Hot Chocolate Recipe Tips
- Milk burns easily so always put it on simmer, never boil.
- Sifting matcha is the key to a smooth matcha beverage. Don’t skip this step otherwise you’ll just have to deal with clumpy matcha.
- Instead of a handheld whisk, you can use a latte maker. I have one and I love it.
- If you like your hot chocolate to be thicker, add a little more white chocolate.
MATCHA (GREEN TEA) HOT CHOCOLATE
Makes 2 cups
2 cups milk (Any milk you like.)
1/2 cup white chocolate, chopped
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 hot chocolate into two mugs and if you would like, top with toasted pink marshmallows.
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