If you’re looking for a wintertime pick-me-up, you’ve come to the right place! Kratom hot chocolate is just as delicious as a regular hot chocolate, but has all the added benefits of your favorite strain of kratom tea. Kratom adds depth of flavor to rich cocoa and dark chocolate in this fan-favorite kratom tea recipe.
Ingredients for the Perfect Kratom Hot Chocolate
Want to make the absolute best kratom tea hot chocolate? Start with the best ingredients! To make the richest and tastiest cocoa, we recommend using a Fair Trade unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips.
Cocoa Powder Varieties
This recipe uses Dutch-process cocoa powder, which normally has a rich reddish-brown color. Natural cocoa powder or cacao powder are similar to Dutch-process, but aren’t processed the same way, and they are typically more pale in color. Dutch-process cocoa tends to have a richer, less bitter flavor, but if you prefer the natural cocoa or cacao, you can use either of those instead!
Milk & Kratom Tea Base
The next ingredient that can make or break your hot chocolate is the milk! Ok, so, you can’t really break hot chocolate – it’s always great. However, some milks will make your drink much creamier than others, and this is especially important when using kratom tea as part of the base.
Full-fat oat milk (such as Oatly or Silk Next Milk) or soy milk are great choices. Love coconut? You can use coconut milk straight from the can for a coconutty kratom hot chocolate!
Pro tip: froth your milk to make an extra-luxurious kratom tea hot chocolate. To froth the milk, you can use an immersion blender, handheld frother, or milk steamer – or just put the milk in a jar and shake! The thickest foam is usually formed by frothing the milk before combining it with any of the other ingredients.
Lastly, you can choose which type of kratom you’d like to use in your tea hot chocolate. We originally made this recipe on a snowy weekend morning with 3 White Maeng Da kratom tea bags, and oh man did it pack a punch! It was fairly energizing, which may have been due (in part) to the chocolate and sugar content.
Now we usually make it with just two kratom tea bags—one tea bag per serving—but you can adjust the amount to your own needs.
We’ve also made it with green vein kratom tea instead of white vein tea. The green vein kratom tea provides a better balance between energizing and calming effects. You don’t have to stick to what we use, though. Brew your kratom tea hot chocolate with whichever kratom tea variety you like best!
Mixing Things Up
Using kratom tea as part of the base of your hot chocolate already adds depth to the flavor, but you can’t go wrong with even more flavors to spice things up!
- Spices: sprinkle on a dash of cinnamon, cayenne, or nutmeg
- Flavor extracts: add a drop of peppermint, coconut, almond, or orange extract
- Mint: add a sprig to the saucepan when you pour in the milk so it infuses while everything heats up
- Candy cane: use as a stirrer for added peppermint flavor & sweetness
- Mocha: add in 1 tsp of decaf espresso powder
- Peanut butter: stir in 1-2 tbsp creamy PB
Kratom Hot Chocolate
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Brew Time: 20 minutes
- 2 Uplift white vein kratom tea bags (see note below)
- 1.5 cups water
- 1.75 cups milk of choice, preferably full fat
- 2 tbsp unsweetened Dutch processed cocoa powder (or extra chocolate chips)
- 3 tbsp dark chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp maple syrup, more or less to taste
- Dash of fine sea salt
- Extra flavoring (optional): 1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract, 1 drop of peppermint extract, or 1 drop of coconut extract
- Toppings (optional, see note below)
- Add kratom tea bags and water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer. Keep over heat for 15 to 20 minutes, until about half the liquid remains. This tea lacks lemon juice, making it slightly weaker; you can steep for longer if desired, just make sure you don’t burn off too much water.
- Remove the tea bags, then add in the rest of the ingredients. Whisk gently until the cocoa powder has dissolved and the chocolate chips have melted. Warm mixture thoroughly before removing from heat.
- Pour into mugs, add any toppings, and serve immediately.
- Place tea bags into your thermos and add boiling water. Steep for 15-20 minutes or longer if desired.
- When the tea is almost done steeping, warm the milk in a medium glass mixing bowl in the microwave (about 90 seconds). Add the tea and the rest of the ingredients to the milk and whisk gently until combined.
- Divide tea and milk mixture between two mugs, stir, then add any toppings. Enjoy!
Topping suggestions: Plop on a spoonful of coconut whip, add a dash of ground cinnamon, sprinkle on some chocolate shavings, stir in a peppermint stick, top with a pinch of cayenne pepper… or maybe add a little bit of everything! We used mini marshmallows, but the possibilities are endless.
Kratom tea bags: We love using white or green vein teas for our kratom hot chocolate to provide us with a boost of motivation at the start of a fun-packed snow day. We originally made this recipe with White Maeng Da kratom tea, but have since replaced our old teas with strainless tea. You can use Balance or Uplift, or try Cacao Uplift for a double chocolate kratom hot chocolate! Just use whichever tea you like best.
Sweetener alternatives: For each serving, add 1/4-3/4 tsp stevia, 1/2-1 tbsp cane sugar, or 1-2 tbsp coconut sugar, depending on how sweet you like your hot chocolate.
Kratom Drinks for Every Season
Check out the Better Brewing Blog soon for more recipes, from mixed drinks and mocktails to lattes and smoothies. Cheers to better brewing!