One of my favorite drinks at Starbucks is a Raspberry Vanilla Latte, which I first discovered at 18. I’ve been drinking this during the cold months of the year for a very long time (with half the syrup please!).
The coffee is actually pink when you get it and I’m not sure if that’s due to the syrup or if they add food coloring. Nevertheless, I thought I would try to make a kid-appropriate drink similar for Valentine’s Day this year and created this Raspberry Vanilla White Hot Chocolate.
This will be my kids’ first holiday at their new schools and I’m working on understanding the new school rules surrounding food and parties. They’ve had so much time off school due to bad weather (10 days since we started on Jan. 7!) so I feel like I’m behind and out of the loop.
Their rules are different here (less restrictive) and I’m getting things together for both of them to give to their new friends. While drinks aren’t included, I thought it would be fun to try a new Valentine’s Day drink here at home – especially considering the weather is still so cold.
A few ways to add the flavor
There’s a few ways you can make this depending on how “homemade” you want it. The recipe obviously need a raspberry flavor and you can add that in one of several ways:
- Raspberry extract – The easiest way. If you go this route you will have to add food coloring to make the drink pink.
- Store-bought raspberry simple syrup – The second easiest way.
- Homemade raspberry simple syrup – The way that tasks the longest but will be the most homemade. If you decide to go this route you will want to make this at least several hours if not a day in advance.
Decide which one you are going to use and then pay close attention to the recipe below so you don’t add too much of one or the other.
This is topped with dreamy and creamy homemade whipped cream, which is really easy to make and you can get my recipe here. Or, you can use your favorite store-bought brand.
Grab the full recipe below and make this as a surprise for your kids on Valentine’s Day. It’s great after school or as an after dinner snack.
Raspberry Vanilla Pink Hot Chocolate
- 5 cups whole milk
- 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tsp. raspberry extract OR
- 1 1/2 tbsp. raspberry simple syrup
- Whipped cream
Raspberry Simple Syrup
- 3 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups water
- Add your milk to a sauce pan and bring it to a boil.
- Turn the heat down to low and add your white chocolate chips. Stir continuously until the chocolate has melted.
- Add in your vanilla and stir.
- Remove from heat and let cool a little.
- Add your raspberry extract or simple syrup until well combined. Serve with whipped cream.
Raspberry simple syrup
- Add water and sugar to a small saucepan and cook on medium stirring with a silicone whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add the raspberries and stir continuously until the mixture starts to boil then lower the heat.
- Let simmer for about 30 minutes. Remove any foam that forms on the top.
- After that time, remove it from the burner and strain the mixture to remove large chunks of raspberry and seeds.
- Place in a new, small sauce pan and let simmer for another 15 minutes.
- Let cool and then place it in a clear jar and refrigerate. You can keep this for about a week.
You can make coffee too!
One more thing!
You can add this to your coffee too! Try ¾ cup of your favorite black coffee and ¼ cup of the Raspberry White Hot Chocolate. Who says you can’t enjoy Valentine’s Day too?
This tastes similar to my favorite Starbucks drink but I think it has more coffee, which is always good if you’re a parent. 🙂