I absolutely love hot chocolate, and could not resist creating such a magical cup of hot chocolate for kids!

I wondered how to put a marvellously magical twist on every child’s favourite hot drink.

Immediately, I rushed to my kitchen, threw a few ingredients together and cooked up a chocolatey storm!


And bam, Iceberg ‘Hot Chocolate’ was born! This is a really simple homemade and easy hot chocolate recipe that kids (and big kids) will beg you to make again and again.

It’s rich, creamy and totally cute.


I also made a Polar Bear Iceberg Hot Chocolate too, a slight variation on the original recipe.

Just as cute, and a little less time consuming! It reminds me so much of the hot chocolate the kids drank in the Polar Express.

I’ll be adding this easy hot chocolate recipe to the blog soon too.

BONUS HOMESCHOOL RESOURCE: Grab the free penguin & iceberg fact sheet I’ve put together and use this as a cool climate change environmental activity! This is a great way to talk about the future of the planet and even incorporate some geography!

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You can make this recipe with just two penguins rather than 6, depending on how many cups you are making.

I made extras because it adds to the whole frosty, blizzard feel, especially with the iceberg, whipped cream floating on top of the chocolate!


This hot chocolate recipe is perfect for a chilly winter’s night when the kids want to curl up with a good book, or for when they’re tucked up in bed and want a bedtime story.

The actual hot chocolate drink can be made in as little as 5 minutes and requires basic ingredients that can be found in most kitchens.

If you want to go all out and make the whole penguiny, magical bonanza, you’ll need around 15-20 minutes.

That’s if you can keep little fingers away from your stash of marshmallows, sweeties and chocolate for that long!


Okay, so technically, this is a hot chocolate with cocoa powder recipe. Before putting this together I never even realised there was a difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate.

Turns out there is! Hot chocolate is often referred to as the pre-made mixture packets, whereas hot cocoa is often made from scratch using cocoa powder, like this recipe.


I’ve always called both ‘hot chocolate’! Either way this hot chocolate is way yummier than the pre made stuff.

Let’s jump right in.

Yield: Makes 1 Cup, 6 Penguins

Easy Penguin Hot Chocolate Recipe For Kids


A magical, easy hot chocolate recipe for kids. Perfect for chilly winter nights or Christmas! It’s rich, creamy and totally cute.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1/3 Cup Hot Water
  • 1/3 Cup of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 ½ Cups of Whole Milk (or more)
  • 1/3 Cup of Sugar
  • 6 White Marshmallows (Medium Sized)
  • 70g of Dark Chocolate
  • Pack of Edible Candy Eyes
  • Smarties (or small treats for noses)
  • Whipped Cream (From a Can)
  • White Chocolate Stars (for decoration)



  1. Line a plate or baking tray with baking sheet or sheet of tinfoil.
  2. Using some cocktail sticks, stick one through the bottom of each marshmallow. Make sure not to pierce all the way through.
  3. Next, break the dark chocolate into a microwaveable bowl.
  4. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, until completely melted. This took roughly 90 seconds for me.
  5. Whilst the chocolate is still hot, grab a spoon and start scooping the chocolate over the marshmallows. Make sure to keep some space for the penguin’s body.
  6. Once covered in chocolate, lean them against the insides of a cup to let the excess chocolate drip off. You can also use the spoon to remove the excess.
  7. Remove the cocktail stick or skewer from the marshmallows, making sure not to stick your fingers in the chocolate (easier said than done!), and move them to a plate/baking tray.
  8. Pop them in the fridge for 15-20 minutes to let the chocolate harden.


  1. Chop some smarties in half or similar candy.
  2. Once the 15-20 minutes are up, re-heat your bowl of dark chocolate. 30 seconds should be okay.
  3. Dab a little of the warm chocolate onto the back of the smartie and candy eyes, and tilting the penguin onto its ‘back’, stick them in place.
  4. Once you’ve done that, pop them back in the fridge for 2 minutes.


For the best taste, make this hot chocolate on the stove.

  1. Boil the water in a kettle so it's already hot before it goes on the stove. This makes it quicker to make.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the water, cocoa powder, and sugar. See notes below if you're using a richer cocoa powder.
  3. Bring the heavenly mixture almost to a boil over medium heat and whisk briskly for a minute or two until smooth and dark in colour.
  4. Add the 1 1/2 cups of milk and whisk until it’s slightly steamy but do not let it boil on the stove. Make sure it's not too hot otherwise the whipped cream will melt instantly.
  5. Pour into your child’s (or yours, I’m not judging) favourite mug!


  1. Spray a decent amount of whipped cream over the hot chocolate and decorate with white chocolate stars, some smarties or other fun decorations
  2. Bring your little penguin friends out of the fridge, and put them in their rightful position; kings and queens of the iceberg!

And there you have it, an easy penguin iceberg hot chocolate recipe that kids love!


- I didn’t have any baking paper handy, so just used tinfoil. The chocolate didn’t stick to the foil at all.

- Don’t have cocktail sticks? I used dried spaghetti sticks, and snapped them in half. Worked great!

- The best way to remove the penguins from the sticks is to place two fingers under the marshmallow and apply a small amount of pressure, pushing upwards.

- Some of the smarties might crumble as you’re attempting to chop them, so discard (eat!) them.

- If you’re using pure organic cocoa powder brand such as Green & Black’s like I sometimes do, you’ll only need to add 1-2 teaspoons of the powder. It’s pretty potent! By all means add more if your kiddos prefer a richer hot chocolate.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: ~280

Don’t have smarties? No worries. I realise Smarties are a British candy so might be hard for my lovely US, Canadian, Kiwi & Aussie readers to get hold of. I’ve also tried this recipe with maltesers, funfetti sprinkles and jazzies; all of which looked great!


Charlotte x

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