Air Frying Hot Chocolate (Starbucks & Nesquik)

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This article will go over how to make the best hot chocolate with Starbucks and also with Nesquik 100% of the way in the air fryer. It is not difficult at all, and it requires only a few things to do it in no time at all.

My experience with air frying hot chocolate drinks was great. It air fries the top layer of the hot chocolate, giving it an air fried hot chocolate coating on the surface, which is then mixed back into the hot chocolate itself. It is pretty cool.

We will go over how to make each one step-by-step, starting with the Starbucks hot chocolate first. The Starbucks hot cocoa hot chocolate can be made with 5 available flavors. The 5 flavors are hot cocoa classic, double chocolate, marshmallow, peppermint, and salted caramel. My favorite was the double chocolate. It was really good.

Any of these flavors can be used to air fry the Starbucks hot chocolate the same way with the same amount for the ingredients. You will need a container to make and air fry the hot chocolate in.

This is the equipment for air frying Starbucks hot chocolate:

  • Measuring cup
  • Loaf pan (9 × 5 inches)
  • Air fryer
  • A heat resistant cup to drink the hot chocolate

Ingredients for air frying Starbucks hot chocolate:

How To Air Fry Starbucks Hot Chocolate

Here are the steps for air frying the Starbucks version of hot chocolate. Make sure that you have the loaf pan, or some kind of heat resistant pan or container that is deep enough (atleast 5 inches deep). This way the hot chocolate will not easily spill over while it is in the air fryer.

1. Heat the air fryer up to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

This is the temperature needed to air fry the hot chocolate the way that it should be.

2. Put 1 ounce of water in the loaf pan.

Put a small amount of water into the loaf to start off. No more water is needed, but it does have to be this much starting off.

3. Put one packet of the Starbucks hot cocoa packet into the water in the pan.

Each Starbucks hot cocoa packet has 1 ounce of the cocoa powder. You will need to put the whole 1 ounce packet in the pan.

4. Thoroughly mix it into the water.

Mix the cocoa powder into the water until it is completely mixed. The water doesn’t have to be hot for this to happen, because the Starbucks cocoa powder is grounded up into a really fine powder. It should be easy to do with just a spoon.

5. Put the pan in the air fryer for 3 minutes and 30 seconds.

Air fry the cocoa mixture in the pan until it begins to bubble and slightly rise in the pan. It takes about 3 and a half minutes for this to happen. It will look like this:

Air fried Starbucks hot coca (double chocolate)

6. Take it out and pour 1 cup of milk into the pan.

Take the pan of air fried cocoa out of the air fryer and pour 1 cup of the milk of your choice into the pan.

7. Mix it together.

Mix the milk into the air fried hot cocoa mixture. There should be an air fried hot cocoa skin that formed on the top while it was air frying. Mix this into the cocoa with the milk as well.

8. Air fry the mixture for 5 minutes.

Put the pan back inside the air fryer and air fry the cocoa for an additional 5 minutes at the same temperature.

9. Remove the pan and pour it into your cup.

The Starbucks hot cocoa is finished and can now be poured into your cup for consumption.

100% air fried Starbucks double chocolate hot cocoa.

This is the finished product. The pan should be safe to grab and pour into the cup after about 1 minute of cooling down. The loaf pan cools pretty fast.

This is the Starbucks hot cocoa double chocolate I used:

Starbucks hot chocolate used for air frying.

How To Air Fry Hot Chocolate (Nesquik)

This is the tutorial for air frying hot chocolate using Nesquik chocolate powder.

Here is the equipment fir air frying Nesquik hot chocolate:

Ingredients for air frying Nesquik hot chocolate:

  • 1 Ounce of water
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of Nesquik chocolate
  • 1 cup of milk (whole milk or soy milk preferably)

1. Heat the air fryer to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Make sure the air fryer is heated to the correct temperature before you start.

2. Put 1 ounce of water in the loaf pan.

The 1 ounce of water is required to air fry the Nesquik cocoa powder and mix it together.

3. Put 3 tablespoons of Nesquik hot chocolate powder into the pan with the water.

It takes a little more of the Nesquik powder to make a good hot chocolate that doesn’t taste watery.

4. Mix it thoroughly.

Again, mixing the powder into the 1 ounce of water shouldn’t be too hard, as it should already begin to soak into the water pretty well. Just make sure that it is mixed fully.

5. Put the Nesquik hot chocolate mix into the air fryer at 425°F.

Let the hot chocolate mixture air fry in the air fryer for 5 minutes. After this time it will begin to bubble and rise a little.

Air fried Nesquik hot chocolate.

6. Take the air fried cocoa out and add in 1 cup of milk.

Add in 1 cup of the milk of your choice into the air fried hot chocolate.

7. Mix it well.

Gently stir the milk into the hot chocolate until it is fully blended.

8. Place the mixture in the pan back into the air fryer for 5 minutes.

Let the milk that has been mixed in with the air fried cocoa air fry in the pan for 5 more minutes before it is done.

9. Remove the hot cocoa from the air fryer and pour it into the cup to drink.

The hot chocolate is finished cooking and can now be removed from the air fryer for good.

Completely air fried Nesquik hot chocolate.

10. Add a pinch of salt, mix it, and pour it into your cup.

Pour it into the cup that you will drink the hot cocoa from when ready after adding in a little bit of salt (a dash of salt) and mixing it in.

Starbucks Hot Cocoa Vs Nesquik Hot Cocoa

The Nesquik cocoa was good, but the Starbucks hot cocoa was better. I would drink both of them, but the Starbucks hot chocolate clearly had more flavor. It had more of the restaurant taste that you are looking for in the air fried drink, than the Nesquik had.

It was more difficult to achieve the rich flavor in the powder mix, then it was with Starbucks when making it from home. Considering the additional cocoa powder that had to be used to make the hot chocolate good with the Nesquik, the Starbucks hot chocolate was richer in flavor. It felt like the type of hot chocolate that would be sipped for a second and treasured, then sipped again.

However the Nesquik hot chocolate was better in having an old fashioned good overall familiar homemade hot chocolate flavor.

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