Can You Make Hot Chocolate in a Coffee Maker?

It’s only natural to want to take a small break from coffee and replace it with a sweet and creamy beverage such as hot chocolate, especially on a cold winter day. Considering that hot chocolate is something that has been in our lives since we have been children, perhaps before we even knew about coffee, it’s a great feeling to have a cup now and then.

If you have also been looking to have a cup of hot chocolate, you are probably wondering whether you can use your coffee maker in some way to make a hot chocolate instead of having to spend time and effort on using the stovetop. After all, the way hot chocolate is made is quite similar to coffee in terms of ingredients.

Fortunately, the answer is yes. You can use your coffee maker to make hot chocolate in a much easier way compared to making it on the stovetop. All you have to do is to add hot chocolate mix into the carafe, run your coffee maker for hot water, and stir to ensure that the mix is completely dissolved.

Let’s start with the ingredients you will require.

Things You Need

The ingredients for making hot chocolate can be found in almost every household, so you shouldn’t have any problems here.

  • Water
  • Milk (optional)
  • Hot chocolate mix

Making the Hot Chocolate Mix Yourself

If you don’t have a ready-made hot chocolate mix, you can make the hot chocolate mix yourself with some simple ingredients. In fact, making your own chocolate mix will most likely yield a better taste and even save you money in the long run.

All you need is some unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, milk powder, and corn starch. By simply combining all of these ingredients in a bowl through a sieve, you will have a hot chocolate mix that is ready to go.

Since the mix is entirely composed of ingredients that won’t really go bad quickly, you can make as much you want and store it in an airtight container in a dark, dry place for further use.

Here are the measurements that will allow you to make roughly 7-8 cups of hot chocolate. You can increase or reduce the amounts as long as you keep the ratio of the ingredients intact. That being said, feel free to experiment and shape the mixture to your taste.

  • 100 grams of milk powder
  • 60 grams of sugar
  • 30 grams of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2.5 grams of corn starch

Making Hot Chocolate in a Coffee Maker

  1. Start by filling your coffee maker with water.
  2. Remove the carafe from the coffee maker, and add your hot chocolate mix into the carafe.
  3. Place the carafe back into your coffee maker.
  4. Turn your coffee maker on and start the brewing process without adding any coffee into the filter basket. If your coffee maker has a separate hot water dispenser, you can use the dispenser instead to add hot water to the carafe.
  5. When the process is over, remove the carafe and stir it to make sure that the hot chocolate mix is completely dissolved in water.
  6. Pour the hot chocolate into cups and serve!

We recommend using a ratio of 30 grams of the hot chocolate mix to 240 ml water. That being said, feel free to experiment with different ratios depending on your preferences.

Since the water temperature that is required to cook hot chocolate is roughly the same as the optimal coffee brewing temperature, you won’t need to adjust the temperature of your coffee maker specifically to make hot chocolate.

Making Hot Chocolate with an Espresso Machine

  1. Fill your espresso machine with water.
  2. Add your hot chocolate mix into a container such as a pitcher where you can pour the hot chocolate easily into your cup when you’re done.
  3. Turn your espresso machine on and press the button that activates the hot water/steam mode.
  4. When the water is warmed up and ready to go, turn the water dial on and start adding water to your container. While water is being poured into the pitcher, you can slowly stir to ensure that the hot chocolate mix dissolves properly.
  5. When you added enough water, turn off the water dial and pour the hot chocolate into your cup.
  6. Enjoy!

Since an espresso machine is also able to warm milk with the steam wand, you can replace water with milk if you rather have your hot chocolate with milk instead. To do this, warm your milk in a separate container from the one you added the hot chocolate mix before combining the two.

Making Hot Chocolate with a Bean to Cup Coffee Maker

Making hot chocolate with a bean-to-cup coffee maker uses the same methodology as making hot chocolate with an espresso machine since all bean-to-cup coffee makers also feature a steam wand that you can warm water or milk.

  1. Make sure that your coffee maker has enough water in the reservoir.
  2. Add the chocolate mix into a container where you can easily transfer the hot chocolate to your cup.
  3. Turn your bean to cup coffee maker on put it into hot water or steaming mode, depending on whether you’re looking to have your hot chocolate with water or milk.
  4. If you will be steaming milk, use a separate container to prevent the hot chocolate mix from getting into the steam wand of your coffee maker. Else, start adding hot water to your pitcher.
  5. When you’re done, make sure to stir the pitcher thoroughly to make the hot chocolate mix dissolve fully into the milk or water.
  6. Enjoy!

Making Hot Chocolate with a Capsule Coffee Maker

Making hot chocolate with a capsule coffee maker is different than the other methods we have talked about due to how a capsule coffee maker operates.

Fortunately, all you will need to make hot chocolate with your capsule coffee maker is a hot chocolate capsule. Since there are different types of coffee pods for different coffee machines, make sure that the pod you’re buying is compatible with yours. 

That being said, if your capsule coffee maker is a Nespresso or a Keurig, you will be able to find plenty of different coffee pods for your machine very easily.

  1. Start by adding water to your coffee maker.
  2. Insert the hot chocolate pod into your coffee maker.
  3. Place your cup in the coffee maker and turn it on.
  4. Enjoy!

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Can you put milk in a coffee maker?

While you can technically put milk in a coffee maker, we highly recommend not doing so. Milk can leave residue in the inner parts of your coffee maker and cause different types of problems.

The residue will start changing the taste of your coffee negatively as it will get mixed with water.

In a more severe case, the residue can completely clog your coffee maker up and cause it to be unusable.

To be able to clean your machine, you will most likely have to disassemble it completely, which most likely won’t be an easy task.

If you’re looking for a convenient way of warming milk, investing in a milk frother with warming functionality can prove to be quite helpful.

Is hot chocolate mix better with milk or water?

Since milk gives hot chocolate a creamy consistency that works very well, we will have to go with milk on this one.

That being said, the choice between milk and water comes entirely down to preference.


Making hot chocolate with your coffee machine is extremely convenient, so make sure that you try it if you have been putting off making hot chocolate just because it takes a lot of effort to make it on the stovetop.

Have a great day, and enjoy!