Matcha Hot Chocolate

Being a California girl, I was thrilled, and equally terrified, to experience my first winter as a “New Yorker.” One sub-artic (yes, I’m being dramatic) Saturday afternoon I stumbled upon a super trendy Korean snack cafe in Midtown. They had the works from shaved snow to boba. The main item that stood out to me was a matcha hot chocolate which I was quick to order and even quicker in devouring. The subtle hint of matcha in this traditional winter treat really called to my soul—you know, being of part Asian descent. The pairing of flavors was brilliant and I was super excited to show and tell everyone I knew about it. The colder it got, trekking all the way to Midtown became burdensome so I decided to recreate this at home. It warmed my heart and I know it will warm yours too.

3/4C Water
3T Cocoa Powder
4oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate, finely chopped
3C Milk, of choice
Granulated Sugar, to taste
1T Matcha Powder
Optional: serve with whipped cream, marshmallows, and dusted with 1/4t matcha powder.


  1. Bring 3/4C water to simmer in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat
  2. Whisk in 3T cocoa powder until smooth, then add in milk and bring back to simmer
  3. Whisk in chocolate and desired amount of sugar until chocolate is melted, about 5 minutes
  4. Whisk in 1T matcha powder for about 30 seconds
  5. Serve hot.

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