Chocolate con leche is a staple breakfast drink in my Dominican household. Whenever it was snowing, raining, or really cold, there was a pot of Dominican hot chocolate ready to sip.

While this is my favorite hot drinks to prepare in the winter, I also love to make a warm glass of avena or ponche de desayuno.

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Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Classic Dominican flavor. Enjoy a signature cup of Dominican hot chocolate with toasted pan sobao.
  • Warm and comforting. Chocolate con leche is sure to warm you up on a cold day.
  • Minimal ingredients. Only 4 ingredients are needed for this hot chocolate, and they’re all pantry staples.

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Evaporated milk. You can substitute for milk or plant based milk.
  • Condensed milk. Adds richness and sweetness, but you can substitute for sugar.
  • Cinnamon. Both cinnamon sticks and ground cinnamon give that classic taste to the Dominican hot chocolate.
  • Embajador chocolate. This is what gives chocolate con leche its signature taste.

Embajador Chocolate

This is what gives Dominican hot chocolate it’s signature sweet taste.

Caldero Pot

The caldero heats things up evenly and adds layers of flavor as you go.

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Recipe tips and tricks

  • Stir the hot chocolate continuously after adding the chocolate pieces to avoid them from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Use a caldero pot to make chocolate con leche the traditional Dominican way.

Servings tips

  • Serve chocolate con leche with toasted pan sobao with butter.
  • Enjoy with a breakfast meal like mangu con los tres golpes.

Storage tips

  • Store the Dominican hot chocolate in the fridge for 1-2 days, then reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave, adding a little water if needed.

Common questions

What if you can’t find Embajador chocolate?

You can use any dark chocolate to substitute for Embajador chocolate, but you may need to adjust for sweetness.

Chocolate con Leche (Dominican Hot Chocolate)

Chocolate con Leche (Dominican Hot Chocolate)

5 from 1 vote
Warm up with a signature cup of Dominican hot chocolate made with only 5 ingredients.
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Dominican
Servings 2 servings


  • 1 12 fl oz can evaporated milk or 1½ cup milk
  • 2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk or 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 bars Embajador chocolate or ¼ cup dark chocolate


  • In a pot over medium heat, add evaporated milk, condensed milk, cinnamon stick, and ground cinnamon. Stir and bring to a boil
  • Add chocolate bars and stir continuously until melted. Remove from heat and serve with whipped cream and pan sobao. Buen provecho!
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