Homemade Hot Chocolate

How to Make the Best Hot Chocolate in the World!!

Proper homemade hot chocolate, made with milk and good quality dark chocolate is unbeatable. This is a simple recipe and you will never drink hot chocolate from a sachet again!

I've always liked the idea of hot chocolate, but have usually been disappointed by hot chocolate from a packet.

It's often too sweet for me and often just not chocolatey enough.

Also, I'm not really too keen on the Italian thick hot chocolate. I want my hot chocolate to be full of chocolate taste, but to be thirst quenching at the same time.

Our hot chocolate is made with real chocolate.

So obviously the taste is very dependent on the quality of the chocolate.

I prefer dark chocolate and we use various different kinds of quality dark chocolate. When using store cupboard ingredients, we often use dark chocolate chips which I keep in for baking.

But if I think of it in advance, nothing beats Green and Blacks dark chocolate for me. I particularly love their Maya Gold, which has a slight orange flavour with nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Amazing.

I prefer to drink hot chocolate from a mug rather than a tea cup. It just seems more right. This recipe is quite rich, and we usually just use small mugs. These pretty little mugs from Amazon are perfect... They are the same shape as the ones that I have in the picture above, but I adore the star pattern.

I don't add extra sugar to this recipe. It really doesn't need it. The chocolate contains quite enough sugar in my opinion. But of course, taste it and see. You can always add more sugar if you think it needs it.

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Level: Easy

Time: 5 minutes
Makes one small cup

1 tablespoon good quality
dark chocolate chips, or
broken up chocolate
1 cup full fat milk

  • Put the milk and chocolate chips into a medium pan and slowly heat, stirring occasionally.

  • Heat until nearly boiling, but do not allow it to actually come to the boil.

  • Remove from the heat.

  • You will notice that the hot chocolate has a grainy appearance and there may even be some unmelted chocolate in the bottom of the pan.

  • Either in the pan, or in a jug, whisk the hot chocolate with a hand held electric mixer or whisk for about a minute.

  • If you don't have an electric whisk, you can pour the hot chocolate into a thermos flask and shake vigorously to blend it together.

    This will give you a smooth, frothy and totally delicious hot chocolate drink.

You can now serve the hot chocolate or pour into a thermos flask to keep hot until you are ready for it. If you keep it in a thermos, you should give it a good shake before you pour it into cups or mugs.

Serve with

You can serve it just as it is or top with whipped cream if you like.  I sometimes serve it with small dishes of grated nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon so people can add a pinch to their hot chocolate to taste.

Serve homemade hot chocolate with hot buttered pikelets, chocolate chip scones, cinnamon toast (or even just plain toast with butter) for a special afternoon treat after being out in the cold.

If you thought you'd arrived in Heaven with Homemade Hot Chocolate, you might Die for Dark Chocolate Cupcakes!