Japanese-Style Hot Chocolate With Matcha

by Gyeongyeong Kim

Matcha is one of the oldest forms of tea in Japan which is made by finely grinding green tea leaves. During the growing process, shading matcha leaves increases chlorophyll and amino acids which creates the unique matcha flavor. It has rich vegetal taste with a bit tangy but sweet aftertaste.

The earthy bitterness of matcha especially enhances flavors of Japanese snacks, balancing out the sweetness and adding lingering matcha taste at the end. That’s why there are so many options of matcha flavored Japanese snacks. Among those snacks, there are definitely a lot of matcha and chocolate combinations like Matcha Kit KatsMatcha Chocolate Stick Cake and Chocolate Azuki Beans: Uji Matcha. So we infused matcha into our hot chocolate!

Experience Japan right from home

Adding matcha powder into your hot chocolate, you can get an adult version of hot chocolate which is not too sweet and is refreshing at the same time. We use white chocolate to highlight the natural flavor matcha. Top with your favorite sweet toppings like marshmallow to add more fun to your hot chocolate!

Matcha Hot chocolate

Matcha Hot Chocolate

Makes 1 cup
  • 1 C (240ml) milk
  • 1 tsp (2g) matcha powder
  • 4 Tbsp (40g) white chocolate chips
  • Marshmallows (optional)
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 Tbsp of milk and matcha powder until all lumps disappear.
  2. Pour matcha milk into a small saucepan. Add in the remaining milk. Heat until it is about to boil. Remove from the stove. Add in white chocolate chips and melt chocolate chips as you mix with a spatula.
  3. Pour into a cup and top with marshmallows and torch them until slightly golden melted.

Are you a fan of hot chocolate? Or you don’t like hot chocolate because it’s too sweet? Either way, we highly recommend you to try matcha hot chocolate! Not only tea perfectly balances out the sweetness of chocolate, but it also has a refreshing taste that will take your hot chocolate experience to another level.

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