How to make Vanilla Milk

Hot Vanilla MilkMy girls picked out this recipe in their Southern Living Kids Cookbook a while back.  Yesterday they asked me why they hadn’t been able to make anything for a while.  Well, we’ve had a lot going on, but besides that they are not getting done with their school work.  Well guess what?  They got up early asked for their work ahead of time and then surprised me with, “Okay now we’re all done what can we make?”  It’s motivation I guess.  With one last burst of cold weather here in Texas I thought it would be a good time to let them make Hot Vanilla milk although in the summer it would be yummy cold.  In my opinion it tastes like melted vanilla ice-cream!

Making Vanilla MilkPour four cups of milk into a 1 quart microwave safe container. The Pyrex bowl makes it so easy to measure!

Vanilla Milk add sugarAdd 1/3 cup of sugar.

Vanilla milk add saltAdd 1/8 teaspoon of salt.

Vanilla Milk add sugarAnd last add 2 teaspoons of vanilla.  (Mexican vanilla is our favorite!)  Mix gently to dissolve the sugar.  Place in the microwave for 5 minutes on high.

Hot vanilla milk readyPour into 4 mugs, add marshmallows if desired, and enjoy!

Enjoy Hot Vanilla MilkMy kids said this is even better than hot chocolate!

I really like the idea of hot vanilla milk.  It doesn’t have the caffeine of chocolate, it is quick and easy, and all of the ingredients are always kept on hand.  In the summer make it cold!  Either way the LaughWithUsBlog crew gives it two thumbs up!

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50 comments to How to make Vanilla Milk

  • Deb

    Hot vanilla milk does sound yummy….but us chocoholics prefer hot chocolate = )

  • Malinda

    I make ‘fantasias’ for my kids… Hot milk, flavored syrup like caramel, fresh nutmeg, all heated up and frothed with a french press. This is very similar. I’ll have to try this variation to keep the milk ideas fresh! Thanks!

  • Our family loves hot milk in the wintertime. We have it as a “Supper Drink” before bedtime. We scald the milk, add a bit of vanilla and top it with a dash of nutmeg. It is such a cozy drink. :) Thanks for sharing.

  • Oh, now this looks divine! Can’t wait to try this :)

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  • Candace

    I LOVE vanilla milk! Coffee Bean & Tea leaf has it (here in SoCal), and I’ve enjoyed it on cooler days/evenings for a couple of years. Thanks for your “at home” version recipe! Pary Moppins version looks great, too, I will have to try!!

  • Brie

    Maybe this is a silly question- but will the sugar dissolve if you make it cold?

  • @Brie, It’s not a silly question! We used a whisk, and it does take longer to dissolve if it’s cold, but it would just be like mixing sugar in a glass of iced tea. It just takes a little longer. The kids loved the recipe as is, but personally I like it better with less sugar so it depends on your sweet tooth! :) It really did taste like melted vanilla ice cream to me!

  • Hi! Found you on Pin It Tues link up. This looks great! I remember when I was a kid my mom would make warm milk and honey sometimes, this reminds me of doing that, but I prefer the flavor of vanilla over honey. Pinned and now following on FB :)

  • Trisha

    My mom made us cold “vanilla milk” all the time when we were kids. Don’t know that she really had a recipe…just cold milk in a glass, couple teaspoons of sugar and a little vanilla extract. Stir & enjoy a pretty tasty treat! :)

  • Mmm this sounds divine and a nice alternative to adding chocolate, especially before bedtime. Perfect for those of us in the southern hemisphere freezing in the middle of winter right now!

  • Allison

    Sooo thankful for this recipe! I’m allergic to chocolate and pray I do not pass the curse on to my 3mo old daughter but can’t wait to try this and other goodies with her as she grows. Thanks again

  • Kimber McKinney

    I love this idea considering my lil ones love chocolate but I’m allergic so now we can have a “special” drink that I can have too.. :D

  • Adessa

    Did anyone have a version of this for single servings?

  • The recipe makes 4 cups so I would just quarter the recipe for one serving. 1 cup milk, 1 tablespoon of sugar, dash salt, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Personally, I liked it better with less sugar, but the kids loved it as is! :) Enjoy!

  • Heather

    I didn’t realize there was a recipe. My grandmother, my mom (and now me) make this in single cups and call it magic milk. They use to make it when we were little to fill up our tummies before we went to bed. They told us the sugar would help us to have sweet dreams – that was the magic. I still make it for my boys when they don’t feel good, or just need an extra warm hug before bed. But NOW – now I can make a big batch and add marshmallows. Who doesn’t love marshmallows??!!!!

  • Kathy Aufleger

    My daughter loves warm vanilla milk. We make it with the vanilla syrup used to flavor coffee.

  • Anna

    What kind of milk do you use?

  • emily

    Awesome! My husband is allergic to chocolate so we always have to find alternativees for him this would be great!

  • Christina

    Really good with some grahmn crackers to dip in! (:

  • Natasha

    ohhhh my goodness! To die for!! having some right nowwww :)

  • Robin

    Hi what kind of vanilla do you use? the one that you ave linked is not available where i live. Will vanilla essence do the same thing?

  • @Robin Hi! I’m not familiar with Vanilla essence but I would think any vanilla used in cooking would work.

  • Yum, yum! I am running to go make a glass of cold vanilla milk for me! :)

  • Okay- that was really yummy! Thank you! :)

  • robinski

    I have to say.. my dad made something very much the same as this, but would put it in the freezer for a couple of hours till it got slushy.. awesome treat this way too…

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  • chasetiy

    Can you use imitation vanilla or ?

  • Yes, imitation vanilla will work just fine. I like the flavor of real vanilla or Mexican vanilla better, but imitation vanilla works!:)

  • Judith Earl

    This sounds like the recipe that my granddaughter told me that she would like to try. When I was much younger, my grandmother always had us drink hot milk with pepper in it if we had a stomach ache. Still drink it for the same reason today. Don’t know about the medicinal value, maybe just cause she had us do it, but it usually works. I usually use about a quarter teaspoon of pepper in the cup of milk.

  • Jen

    Milk already has a lot of sugar in it, so I don’t see the need for extra. But will try the recipe minus the extra sugar……too many diabetics in the family.

  • kate

    If I can add a suggestion, I added pumpkin pie spice to mine, it would be amazing with vanilla almond milk, and the spices it would be like the pumpkin pie almonds from costco

  • That first photo looks DELISH!!!!!!! Pinning- Making- :)

  • Krickitt

    Looks Yummy! I can’t wait to try it!

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  • Michelle

    Does this work ok without the salt? My kids are on a low sodium diet due to illness. I would really hate to waste milk if it does not. :)

  • @Michelle, Yes it works without the salt.

  • I love doing taste tests, so I compared this recipe with another that was on pinterest. The consensus among my taste testers was this recipe hands down. We will look forward to having this again soon.

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  • Terri

    This is the recipe our child psychologist gave to me when my daughter had insomnia. She said the combination of milk, sugar, and vanilla helped induced sleep. I gave my daughter a warm cup each night. Worked like a charm!

  • Nita

    My mom made the cold version of this to encourage me to drink more milk. She would also let me color it with food coloring. I thought it odd (and a little sad) that most of my friends only drank white milk. ;)

  • @Nita, How fun! My kids were just playing with food coloring today!

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  • Alexa Royle

    reminds me of snow cream! Love that stuff. That is made with fresh snow, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla or chocolate or caramel or whatever flavor you want really!

  • Lisa

    I just made this for the first time tonight. Because I am sensitive to caffeine, hot chocolate is not an option for me in the evenings. I made a single serving with 1/4 tsp. vanilla and just because I had it on hand I also added 1/4 tsp. of maple extract. I also did not have marshmallows so I used a dollop of cool whip. It was awesome!!! After reading some of the other comments I am going to try some of the other suggestions such as nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice. Can’t wait for tomorrow night.

  • @Lisa, I’m caffeine sensitive too and I know some of my kids are. Hot Chocolate at night and I’m in real trouble. lol Your additions sound delish!

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  • Holli Eggert

    Can this recipe be made with almond milk?

  • @Holli, We’ve never made it with Almond milk, but it sounds like it would be good!

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