How to Make Disneyland Hot Chocolate

Lyndsay is a huge fan of all things Disney, and she enjoys finding ways to incorporate its magic in everything from crafts to recipes.

Disneyland's Hot Chocolate

Disneyland's Hot Chocolate

There is an unmistakable chill in the air and the daylight now fades away faster every day. It might not get as cold here in Southern California as other parts of the country but for us SoCal locals it feels like it is freezing! As I walk around Disneyland bundled up in my coziest jacket (and scarf, hat, and gloves) there is one thing that always makes me feel warm and toasty: hot chocolate!

All over the park, you can get many types of hot chocolate. You can get an Abulita from the Jolly Holiday Bakery or a Zebra hot chocolate from Starbucks (or a peppermint one too). My favorite cocoa to warm up with is the one found at the Napa Rose in the Grand Californian Hotel. Who doesn't love a great cup of hot chocolate to warm up in the winter weather? Here is the recipe for this delicious cocoa for you to enjoy all Winter long without making a trip to the park! This recipe is great for the holidays and all the way up until spring (if the weather stays brisk)!

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

15 min

20 min

Serves 4 people


  • 1 1/2 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Scharaffen Berger milk chocolate (or Ghiradelli)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Scharaffen Berger dark chocolate (or Ghiradelli)
  • 1 tbs. granulated sugar
  • scant 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • whipped cream, for topping
  • ground cinnamon, for topping

How To Make Disneyland's Hot Chocolate

  1. Heat milk in a pan until very warm (not boiling).
  2. Combine cocoa powder, chocolate, and sugar.
  3. Stir chocolate mixture into milk until well mixed.
  4. Add in the vanilla extract and stir.
  5. Put the chocolate in a mug and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.

Chocolate Overdose Warning!

So if you are a chocolate lover like myself than this will be the perfect hot chocolate for you! This hot chocolate is very rich and thick and is not too sweet. It is almost like a sipping chocolate. So if you think that this might be too much chocolate for you maybe try some before serving a whole cup! You can also add some extra whipped cream to yours (if it is too thick) to sweeten it up a bit!

Certain Chocolate Brands Are Expensive

So when I went looking for Scharffen Berger chocolate I soon discovered that it was very high quality therefore high priced chocolate. I decided to use Ghiradelli chocolate instead. It is still good quality chocolate and since California Adventure has a Ghiradelli shop inside it I figured that it would be an appropriate substitute! It still tastes just as good as the super expensive stuff.

Additional Toppings

  • Candy Cane
  • Mint leaf
  • Cocoa powder
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Dark chocolate shavings

A Few Tips

  • Cocoa powder tends to clump into little balls when in contact with liquid. To avoid this I suggest pressing clumps against the side of the pan with a whisk to break them apart.
  • Another thing you can do to avoid having a bunch of lumps in your cocoa is to either run your hot chocolate through a blender so it is very smooth or when serving pour it over a strainer so all the clumps don't go into the glass.
  • When serving, if you are messy and spill easily, you can use a funnel to fill up the cups!
  • If you have some whipping cream left over you can easily make your own whipped cream! Just put some in a metal or glass mixing bowl, add some sugar and vanilla, and either hand whisk it or use an electric mixer. You mix it until it becomes thick and fluffy. I usually use an electric mixer on high speed for this!

Serving Options

I like to serve my hot chocolate in pretty glass mugs with whipped cream and garnishes on top! These glasses are suer pretty and festive for the Holiday season. They will impress any guest if you are entertaining!

Mugs are great too. Just make sure you don't use a large mug because this is thick chocolate and a little goes a long way! So pour some in a glass and pull up a seat next to the fireplace! Sit back, relax, and enjoy this delicious hot chocolate.

© 2013 Lyndsay Gamber


Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on July 21, 2015:

Hi Charito1962!

Thank you so much! I can't wait for it to be rainy so I can make this again; so yummy.

Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on July 21, 2015:

Hello, Ms. Lyndsay! Hot chocolate is the only beverage I like to take on rainy days. Although I've been to Disneyland in California, I've never tried their hot chocolate.

This recipe looks yummy! Thanks for sharing it, and congrats for being HOTD!

Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on July 20, 2015:

Hello theBAT!

Thank you =)

Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on July 20, 2015:

Hi VirginiaLynne!

It is very yummy and rich. Thanks for commenting!

theBAT on July 20, 2015:

After reading this, I recall our very own version of hot chocolate known as "Batirol". Great hub. Thanks for sharing. The photos look yummy.

Virginia Kearney from United States on July 20, 2015:

This recipe looks like something I tried at Colonial Williamsburg--it was the first type of chocolate drink in the U.S.--very rich. Sounds yummy!

Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on July 20, 2015:

Hi The Dirt Farmer!

It is very rich and delicious! Thanks so much for pinning and sharing =)

Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on July 20, 2015:

Hello mactavers!

Thank you so much!

Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on July 20, 2015:

Hi Eilval!

Thank you!

Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on July 20, 2015:

Hello Thelma Alberts!

Thank you so much! I love hot chocolate too.

Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on July 20, 2015:

Hi Kristen Howe!

Thank you so much for voting up! You can use any chocolate you like =)

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 20, 2015:

Great hub, Lindsay. I love hot chocolate. Can you use any type of chocolate like Hershey's as an substitute? Voted up for awesome to keep for future reference for the winter. Congrats on HOTD!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on July 20, 2015:

Congrats on the HOTD award! I love hot chocolate especially on cold winter. This recipe sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing.

Eileen from Western Cape , South Africa on July 20, 2015:

Just the perfect treat for a cold day. Looks absolutely yummy !

Congrats on HOTD

mactavers on July 20, 2015:

Congrats on Hub of the Day.

Jill Spencer from United States on July 20, 2015:

Your recipe looks rich and delicious. Congrats on HOTD! Pinned & shared.

Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on March 19, 2014:

That would be an awesome combination! =)

Alex from Virginia Beach, VA on March 19, 2014:

I'm really tempted to go to the store so I can make this rainy day a little better. After all what would go better with Frozen than hot chocolate from Disneyland?

Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on March 19, 2014:

Hi isharkbait!

I hope you enjoy it as much as you did in Disneyland!

Alex from Virginia Beach, VA on March 19, 2014:

I've only been lucky enough to get out to Disneyland once (the problems with living on the East Coast) but I did love this hot chocolate. It won't be something I can make all the time, but it will make a nice treat every once in a while. Thanks!

Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on January 05, 2014:

Hello oldiesmusic!

Whipped cream is delicious in hot chocolate! It is my topping of choice! Happy New Year to you!

Hello Better Yourself!

I hope you enjoy it! I feel the same way about those mixes too, they never seem to be rich enough!

Better Yourself from North Carolina on January 05, 2014:

I love chocolate and store bought never seems to be rich enough so I'm certain this is a perfect fit for me to try! And it's been super cold lately and about to get even colder so I might be drinking a lot of it :) Great hub, Thanks for sharing!!

oldiesmusic from United States on December 30, 2013:

We've normally been having hot cocoa as our holiday beverage but never with whipped cream yet. Might do this tomorrow on New Year's eve. Thanks for sharing and advanced happy new year! :)

Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on December 26, 2013:

Hi rebeccamealey!

There really isn't! I love all types of hot chocolate! This one is very delicious, just like a cup of heaven!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 25, 2013:

Nothing like hot chocolate on a cold day. This sounds divine!

Lyndsay Gamber (author) from California on December 22, 2013:

Hello Rochelle Frank!

It really isn't very complex to make! It can be messy but it isn't too bad. At the Grand Californian they are pricey especially around Christmas time! It is definitely cheaper to make at home =)

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on December 21, 2013:

I really like chocolate, but this looks a little too complex and messy for me to make. I will happily accept one is someone else makes it. How much does one of these cost at the Grand Californian?

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