How Long to Microwave Milk for Hot Chocolate?
How Long to Microwave Milk for Hot Chocolate?

Everyone enjoys a cup of hot spicy chocolate, but in order to prepare it, you’ll need to warm some milk. What is the easiest way to heat milk for hot chocolate? Many people don’t have the time to stand by the stove, stirring and waiting for the milk to heat up. Microwaving is a fast way of warming milk if you know how to do it properly.

If you don’t know how to do it, keep reading, we’ll explain it step by step in today’s article.

In order to warm up milk properly, you’ll have to do it gradually. That way you’ll get perfectly warm milk for hot chocolate, hot cocoa, or any other treat. Besides that, warm milk has a much better taste than a cold one. If you want to enjoy a cup of warm and aromatic milk with cookies, this is the way to go.

How do you heat milk for hot chocolate in the microwave?

When you heat milk in the microwave it’s important to do it slowly, or else you will end up with boiling milk overflowing your microwave oven. The process of heating milk in the microwave could take a bit more time than you expect, but if you heat milk in the way we’ll describe beneath it won’t scorch or overflow.

  1. Pour cold milk in microwave safe cup. If you’re planning to make hot cocoa or chocolate in the same cup, leave at least an inch at the top of the cup, so you can add cocoa powder, whipped cream, chopped chocolate pieces or ground cinnamon.
  2. Set the microwave to medium-high setting and program it on 15 seconds intervals. Put microwave safe container filled with milk in the microwave.
  3. After 15 seconds remove container from the microwave and stir milk gently.
  4. Repeat the process – heat milk in the same container in the microwave at medium high program for another 15 seconds, remove and stir.
  5. Put milk into a microwave again, take it out after 15 seconds and stir again.
  6. You’ll know you have heated milk when you see a steam coming out of the cup.
Microwaving milk has to be done gradually
Microwaving milk has to be done gradually (

When you’re warming some milk in a microwave it’s important that you use a microwave-safe mug or a cup and that you take it out every 15 seconds – that’s the way to prevent uneven heating and scorching milk.

How long does it take to microwave milk?

If you’re warming a milk following the recommendations we described above, it will take up to 1 minute to heat one cup (250ml) of milk. During the heating process follow the 15 seconds rule and you’ll get equally warmed milk without any issues.

How long does it take to microwave milk for hot chocolate?

How long will it take to microwave milk for cocoa mixture or chocolate depends on will you add chocolate pieces during the heating process or once when milk is heated.

If you add chocolate when milk is half heated, the process could take a little longer. Keep warming and stirring milk in 15 seconds intervals until the chocolate is completely melted. The entire process could take up to 90 seconds. In the end, add marshmallows and enjoy!

Hot milk will easily melt chocolate
Hot milk will easily melt chocolate (

How hot should milk be for hot chocolate?

When you’re making hot delicious chocolate at home you’ll need to heat milk to 180 degrees Fahrenheit (82 degrees Celsius). Milk will be done when you see steam coming out of it.

Tip: Hot chocolate making requires really hot milk, more than it’s required for the hot cocoa mix. The cocoa powder dissolves in the milk, while chocolate pieces need to melt – and how much time will they need to melt depends on the kind of chocolate you’re using.

Type of chocolateMelting temperature
Dark Chocolate113 – 120°F (45 – 48°C)
Milk Chocolate104 – 115°F (40 – 46°C)
White Chocolate104 – 115°F (40 – 46°C)
Types of chocolates and their melting temperatures

Is it safe to microwave milk?

When you’re heating milk, whether in the microwave or on the stove in a pot, you’re facing two basic risks: scorched milk on the bottom of the dish you’re using and creating unpleasant protein film on the surface of the milk.

Ofcourse, don’t forget that heating milk at high temperatures, all at once could lead to boiling milk overflowing your microwave or a stove.

Hot chocolate is one of favorite drinks worldwide
Hot chocolate is one of the favorite drinks worldwide (

A scorched milk boil has an unpleasant smell and taste that you’ll feel even if you add cocoa powder. Protein film that creates on top of the milk can be mixed in, but it will change the texture of milk.

Milk pasteurization at home is not easy and requires certain equipment. Pasteurized milk is the safest, it has the longest shelf-life and that’s why it’s best to buy it in the store. Store pasteurized milk in the fridge until the packaging date label. Once you heat it, don’t keep leftovers – even if it’s pasteurized, milk can contain some harmful bacteria that could lead to food poisoning.

TemperatureAmount of time
63 °C (145 °F)30 minutes
72 °C (162 °F)15 seconds
Process of pasteurizing milk

Is microwaving milk bad?

In general warming milk in the microwave is not bad, but it’s not recommended for babies, as it could be unevenly warm and it could burn the baby’s mouth. Warming milk this way for coffee, cookie recipes or hot tasty chocolate is perfectly fine, as long as you take precautions.

Cup of hot spicy chocolate
Cup of hot spicy chocolate (

Always use microwave-safe dishes – that way harmful chemicals won’t leach into your food. Use a dish that is big enough, cause once the milk is warm it will begin to rise. If you’re not careful it could end up all over your microwave.

To heat milk in microwave requires your presence every second. You cannot just put it and leave – you need to be there to follow the intervals, stir and take out the dish when it starts steaming.

Final Thoughts

Making hot chocolate with milk heated in a microwave is piece of cake if you follow the instructions for proper heating of the milk.

If you take patience, set your microwave to a medium-high program, and use short intervals of time, you’ll get evenly warmed milk that will melt chocolate and be the base for a wonderful and aromatic cup of hot chocolate.