This Butterfingers hot chocolate is creamy, rich, and filled with a blend of chocolate and peanut butter flavors that will have you coming back for more.
A wonderful cup of homemade hot chocolate is hard to beat, but when you add your favorite candy bar to the mix, it takes the experience to a whole new level.
We absolutely love this Butterfinger hot chocolate recipe, and although we may not eat Butterfinger candy bars, there's nothing not to love about this delightful drink.
As a parent who prioritizes my kids' dental health, I steer clear of hard candies and gum, but when it comes to beverages, it's a different story. They're gentler on the enamel and way easier to tidy up.
That's why concoctions like this hot cocoa and my Easter Egg Hot Chocolate are a big hit with the kids – they're considered special treats that bring joy without any worries.
🍯 Why This Recipe Works
- Perfect taste and consistency. It's not overly sweet, it's not too thick or thin and the contrast of Butterfinger's peanut butter flavor helps to balance the chocolate making it a truly enjoyable experience.
- It's simple. There are only a few ingredients needed to make this Butterfinger hot cocoa recipe. It comes together quickly too, making it perfect for any occasion.
- No hard chewy candy pieces. Whether you have fillings, braces, or just a distaste for hard candies, this drink can give you that yummy candy flavor but in a smooth, non-chewing way.
Cocoa powder- For a nice chocolate flavor, use cocoa powder (the baking kind).
Heavy cream- Using heavy cream will make the hot chocolate feel richer and creamier.
Semi-sweet chocolate chips- Using real chocolate chips will give us a much richer chocolate flavor.
Butterfingers bar- For that delicious peanut butter chocolate flavor, you'll want to use an actual Butterfinger candy bar. Use more for garnish if desired.
For specific ingredients and measurements, please see the recipe card below.
Milk. If desired, you can you half and half, evaporated milk, dairy-free milk, whole milk, or 2%. Anything that you already have on hand is fine.
Heavy cream. While I really enjoy using heavy cream to make the cocoa a little thicker and richer, you can just as easily replace this with more milk.
Reduce chocolate. If you find that this drink is too rich in chocolate for you, you can make it again but omit the ¼ cup of chocolate chips.
Add chocolate. If you want this Butterfinger hot chocolate to become even richer, you can add additional chocolate chips.
Step 1: Smash your Butterfinger candy bar into small pieces. Reserve 1 tablespoon of it to the side for a garnish later.
Step 2: Over medium-low heat, in a small saucepan, add the sugar and cocoa powder.
Step 3: Whisk together.
Step 4: Slowly whisk in milk and heavy cream.
Step 5: Continue to whisk the mixture until the sugar and cocoa have dissolved.
Step 6: Add chocolate chips and Butterfinger bits.
Step 7: Whisk until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.
Step 8: Remove cocoa from heat.
Step 9: Pour cocoa into two mugs.
Garnish with whipped cream and reserved Butterfinger pieces.
🍴 Recipe Tips
If at any point you feel like the cocoa is just too rich or sweet you can easily tone it down by adding in a little more milk.
Depending on the size of your drinking mugs and how full you fill them you may be able to get 3 or even 4 glasses filled from this one recipe.
Hot chocolate derives its rich, indulgent flavor from melted chocolate, serving as the base of the drink. On the other hand, cocoa is typically prepared using powdered cocoa or baking cocoa, which serves as the chocolate base. Both options are delicious, but it's worth noting that one may offer a creamier and more decadent experience than the other.
You do not want your milk mixture to boil. You want to scald it, meaning that there are just a few bubbles around the edges of the pan. You also want it warm enough that everything has melted correctly and that there are no lumps of chocolate in the liquid.
You can use any milk that you would prefer for this hot chocolate recipe. I tend to prefer whole milk or 2% as that is what I have on hand but feel free to use unsweetened almond milk or even coffee creamer if preferred.
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Butterfingers Hot Chocolate
- ¼ cup Granulated sugar ($0.06)
- ¼ cup Cocoa powder ($0.64)
- 1 cup Heavy cream ($0.99)
- 2 cups Whole milk ($0.38)
- ¼ cup Semi-sweet chocolate chips ($0.25)
- 1 Regular sized butterfinger bar ($0.52)
- Begin by smashing the Butterfinger candy bar into small pieces. Set aside 1 tablespoon of these pieces for garnishing later.
- In a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together the granulated sugar and cocoa powder.
- Gradually add the whole milk and heavy cream while continuing to whisk the mixture. Keep whisking until the sugar and cocoa have completely dissolved.
- Now, add the semi-sweet chocolate chips and the crushed Butterfinger bits. Whisk until the chocolate is fully melted, and the mixture becomes smooth.
- Remove the cocoa from the heat and carefully pour it into two mugs.
- To finish, garnish your cocoa with whipped cream and the reserved Butterfinger pieces.
- Adjust the sweetness and richness by adding more milk if the cocoa is too intense.
- Depending on your mug size and filling level, this recipe can yield 3-4 servings.
- Ensure the milk mixture is scalded but not boiled, with a few bubbles around the edges, and no lumps of chocolate.
- You can use various types of milk, including half and half, evaporated milk, dairy-free milk, whole milk, or 2%.
- Replace heavy cream with more milk for a lighter version.
- For a less intense chocolate flavor, omit the ¼ cup of chocolate chips.
- If you prefer a richer cocoa, add extra chocolate chips.