Hot Chocolate in Coconut Milk (Chocolate en Leche de Coco)

by Erica Dinho on October 22, 2009

Hot Chocolate with Coconut Milk-My Colombian Recipes

What’s not to love? For me this is heaven in a cup. Hot chocolate made in coconut milk or  Chocolate en Leche de Coco is a traditional Colombian recipe and this delicious drink is perfect this time of year!

My Colombian Recipes-Hot Chocolate

Colombian Style Hot Chocolate



(4 servings)

  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 3 cups milk
  • 7 oz sweet chocolate, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon coconut extract
  • Sugar to taste

Comida Colombiana


  1. Heat the milk in a saucepan on medium heat to just below the simmering point, add the coconut milk & chocolate. When the chocolate is melted, add the sugar and coconut extract.
  2. Whisk vigorously or transfer to a blender. Reheat gently and serve immediately.
  3. Coconut Hot Chocolate

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cathy October 22, 2009 at 9:57 AM

oh man…heaven in a cup. I’m going to try this on the weekend.


2 Velva October 22, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Oh Erica! This looks delicious. This would be perfect for a cold day.

P.S. I will be reaching out to you soon about preparing a Colombian entree for our cooking club. Don’t be surprised if other members of our cooking club reach out to you too.


3 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie October 22, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Hot cocoa in coconut milk sounds amazing! I need to try it right away – luckily I’ve got the ingredients!


4 Ellen October 22, 2009 at 11:14 AM

I cannot wait to try this :)


5 Palidor October 22, 2009 at 11:53 AM

WOW! What a fantastic idea, Erica! I love coconut milk but never in a million years would it have occurred to me to use it for hot chocolate. I gotta try this! Oh wait, I have to buy some hot chocolate powder first!


6 Erica October 22, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Thank you guys!!!


7 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen October 22, 2009 at 1:16 PM

I love this hot cocoa recipe! YUMMMM!


8 Gera @ SweetsFoods October 22, 2009 at 2:56 PM

Erica I like the introduction about you in the front!
This dessert is utterly for me, coconut and chocolate just amazing :)




9 zerrin October 22, 2009 at 4:33 PM

This is a wonderful drink for these cold days, sounds so warming. I do love the ingredients you used here. I’ve never used coconut milk in such a drink. I must absolutely give it a try, but first I must look for coconut at bazaar.


10 rebecca subbiah October 22, 2009 at 4:49 PM

oh wow choc and coconut nice mix, love the new site you look so cute


11 Simply Life October 22, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Oh that hot chocolate looks like the perfect drink!


12 Hummingbird Appetite October 22, 2009 at 6:27 PM

That looks soo delicious! I’m bookmarking this recipe!


13 Natalie October 22, 2009 at 6:36 PM

OMG Erica…that’s OUTRAGEOUSLY GOOD : ) … i can’t believe this is the first time I am hearing of such an amazing take on hot chocolate…


14 Jhonny Walker October 22, 2009 at 9:24 PM

How do you do this Erica..just how? I need to sit and learn. I agree with Palidor…it would have NEVER occurred to me to use coconut milk with chocolate! Just awesome. I will try this tonight and let you know first thing in the morning :)


15 TasteTraveller October 23, 2009 at 6:03 AM

Ooohh! I tried doing something simmilar for someone who doesn’t like milk. I thought it was too thick – I’ll have to try blending it like you do – yours sounds great.


16 Sophie October 23, 2009 at 6:48 AM

Indeed: this is haeven, I agree!

MMMMMMMMMMM,…I am going to make this right now! Thanks !


17 Erica October 23, 2009 at 8:41 AM

Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments!


18 Ben October 23, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Now, this is what I call heaven. Yummy!


19 danielle October 23, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Oh man…what a great combo. I’m going to have to make this for my girls when it starts to cool off (hopefully soon).

Btw…I have a little surprise for you…pop on over and get it :)


20 Erica October 25, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Thank you, Danielle!


21 Oysterculture October 25, 2009 at 11:49 PM

My husband is reading the recipe over my shoulder and I’ll repeat his words, “that sounds decadent. That sounds good” My thoughts exactly!


22 Jim October 26, 2009 at 9:15 PM

And coconut milk is so good for you… and you add a little (dark) chocolate. Hmmmm. Thanks. I’LL DO IT!


23 Erica October 29, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Thank you all for visiting!


24 ap269 February 17, 2010 at 2:53 PM

OMG, this is HEAVEN! It’s bookmarked already, just have to get coconut milk now…


25 ap269 February 24, 2010 at 4:51 AM

I can’t find coconut extract here. Is there anything I could replace it with? Shredded coconut maybe?


26 Erica February 24, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Ap269- You can try that!


27 Marilyn April 11, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Just made this amazing hot chocolate to go with my pan de bonos. I’m so glad I found your site! :D


28 Irene December 16, 2013 at 9:53 AM

I am just thrilled to have stumbled upon you blog via pinterest. My youngest is adopted from Colombia and especially during the holidays he really craves that Connection to his birth country that Food can be a great example of. Living in Norway I have had a hard time finding recipies and ingreditens, but With the wonderful Collection on you blog, I am sure I will find many different options for us to include in Our holiday celebrations and in Our everyday life. This will mean so much :)
Thanks, and I will be trying the cocoa this week.


29 Carmenza June 27, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Thank you for showing this delicious receipts, it is a reminding of home.


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