Disneyland’s Hot Chocolate

Disneyland's Hot Chocolate

Even though it doesn’t get too cold at the Disneyland Parks in the winter, it’s cold enough that you’ll want a jacket…and some of their AMAZING Hot Chocolate from the Napa Rose Restaurant in the Grand Californian hotel.

I’m dreaming of this pricey hot chocolate while 9 months pregnant, but there’s no way I am going to Disneyland anytime soon! I decided to make some of my own from the comfort of my own kitchen. It was definitely worth the trip to the grocery store, even in my state. 😉

Serves: 2-4

Disneyland's Hot Chocolate

This creamy, dreamy hot chocolate is served at the Napa Rose restaurant in the Grand Californian Hotel. Now you can make it in your own kitchen!

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder*
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk chocolate, grated
  • 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • whipped cream for topping
  • ground cinnamon for topping


  1. In a medium sauce pan, pour milk and heavy cream. Heat over medium-high heat (be sure to watch it carefully - you don't want it to boil or scald!).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together cocoa, sugar and milk chocolate. Slowly add this dry mixture to the milk mixture until completely combined. Reduce heat to medium.
  3. Add in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla, and stir until completely combined. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and serve in individual mugs. Top with whipped cream, ground cinnamon, and additional chocolate shavings, if desired.


*The original recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups cocoa. If you want a creamier, thicker cocoa like the one they serve at the restaurant, you'll want to add more cocoa.

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28 Responses to “Disneyland’s Hot Chocolate”

  1. Oh Heaven!!! Can't wait to try this recipe!!! Sipping Chocolate!!!! Why didn't I add Sweetened condensed milk to Hot Chocolate before?? It's my most favorite!!! In the summer I top my snow cones with it. I would add more grated chocolate to it!! Thanks for the treat!! Love me some chocolate and Disneyland!
  2. I've been wanting to try this recipe and since school was cancelled due to the weather, today was the perfect day. We recently tried your pumpkin steamer recipe and loved it. Unfortunately this hot chocolate recipe wasn't a hit. Even with the milk and cream doubled, it was way too strong. The cocoa is way overpowering. It's like drinking a bar of dark chocolate. I lost track of how much more milk and cream I added to make it work for us. Was I not suppose to use unsweetened cocoa powder? I did use trader Joe's cocoa powder which has a distinct taste. I started out with four cups of milk and now I have a giant soup pot of hot chocolate.
  3. I agree with the comment above. We were so excited to try this. I quadrupled the recipe for my family party and was so bummed to have waisted all those ingredients. We kept adding milk, cream, evaporated milk, and sugar and it never really got better. I like dark chocolate and thick hot chocolate but this was way too much. I'm curious to know if anyone really likes this.
  4. I agree. Are we sure it's not 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa? Even that would be really rich. There's got to be a discrepancy somewhere. Sheen I made it it was just a thick chunky chocolatey mass till I added another half gallon of milk, and even then had to add sugar. This is more cocoa than even a full brownie recipe calls for.
  5. The above reviews are correct. I love drinking chocolate (which this is more like) but there was waaayyyy too much cocoa. I eat all dark chocolate and it was still way to rich for me. Oiy, we drank a couple of tablespoons full, that's it. I'm bummed that I wasted my good cocoa. :(
  6. It was very thick, very chocolately and I agree with all comments above! BUT I found a solution. I use this now as a hot chocolate concentrate lol. Get a mug 3/4 full of hot milk and add a couple tablespoons of this stuff. AMAZING! So I've jarred the leftover I have of this recipe and am going to try refrigerating it and seeing if I can use it a couple tablespoons at a time. If it works it will be great to have nice, rich homemade hot chocolate in a matter of minutes.
    • Tabitha @ Tabitha Talks Food
      Thanks for the suggestion! I also felt it was waaaay too sweet and chocolatey so I heated up 3/4 mug of hot milk and added a few tablespoons and it was perfect! I added the hot chocolate (hot chocolate concentrate as I've named it) in a mason jar and I will keep it in the fridge. I hope it stores well! Did that work for you?
  7. I made this on Christmas morning, and it was so bad. :( It was a chocolate glob. I added a ton of extra milk and cream and eventually got it to a pudding-like consistency--even then it was WAY too bitter to be good pudding. I've learned to read comments of recipes before attempting.
  8. Jayna Richardson
    Ok, so in case you're like me and you made this brownie batter sludge and then came back to read the comments to see if everyone else had the same results or if you had somehow misread the directions (even though you looked at it about a zillion times to make sure that you really HAD done it "right"), then here's my two cents: Don't throw it out! Keep the chocolate goo in the fridge, and when you want some hot chocolate, heat up a cup of milk in the microwave and stir in spoonfuls of the chocolate until it's the desired consistency/taste. Now, because this recipe called for so much cocoa powder, it won't be super sweet. We added homemade marshmallows to the top to give it that creamy/sweet taste we were looking for. Voila! Just a few tweaks will save you from having gone to all that trouble for nothing! (And if an admin on the website reads this comment, PLEASE fix the recipe. It is wrong. Try making it yourself as is and you'll see what we're talking about.)
  9. The list of ingredients on the first page say 1/2 cup of cocoa. Then you go to “make it page” it says 1/2 cup cocoa, but at the bottom it says “the original recipe at Disneyland calls for 1 1/2 cups of cocoa if you want it much richer. Maybe it has been corrected. I read it today Dec 17, so maybe it has been changed. Very smart of the ladies to think about adding a couple of teaspoons of the mixture to more milk.

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