perfect hot chocolate

February 2, 2012

Friends, this is it. The only hot chocolate recipe you’ll ever need for snuggly nights curled up in your pjs. You might remember that I linked to this article on The Guardian about how to make the perfect hot chocolate a couple of weeks ago. Well, I mulled it over for a while (meaning I ran to the store to stock up on cream and good chocolate immediately) and played around until I found perfection.

Perfection, in case you were wondering, involves 70% dark chocolate (Green & Blacks Organic is my favourite), really good milk chocolate, normal milk (we use skimmed at home) and a healthy slog of heavy cream. Add a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of salt and you have yourself a cup of perfect hot chocolate.

Perfect Hot Chocolate
adapted from Felicity Cloake via The Guardian


  • 225ml skimmed milk
  • 35g 70% dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 15g good-quality milk chocolate, finely chopped
  • 30ml heavy (double) cream
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Warm about a quarter of your milk in a pan over a medium heat and stir in the chocolate. Continue to stir until the chocolate has melted into the milk, then whisk in the remaining milk and the cream.
  2. Continue to heat until the mixture is hot, but not boiling, then add the cinnamon and salt. Taste, adjust if necessary, and serve. For a frothier cup, whisk vigorously just before pouring. Serves 1.
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Jordan Lynn (Ciao Cow) February 2, 2012 at 8:07 am

This looks delicious! I absolutely love hot chocolate, and I usually just heat up a glass of almond milk, but this looks perfect for those nights I’m looking for something a little more special and indulgent.


NicoleD February 2, 2012 at 10:17 am

Oh wow, this sounds really good right now. So simple!


Em (Wine and Butter) February 2, 2012 at 10:45 am

Hot Chocolate is just one of lifes perfect little pleasures! I love those articles in the Guardian too – I read a great one on the perfect spaghetti alle vongole.. which I am still trying to perfect but the article was awesome. Im definitely going to need to try the mixing dark and milk chocolate thing.

Do you miss Horlicks when you are in the States? I love having with Baileys! :)


SQL Gourmet February 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm

You are right, perfect for a foggy day like this in Minneapolis!


Stephanie February 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm

May I say that I totally agree? (:

I would also suggest a glug of Frangelico in the bottom and a marshmallow on the top, if you’re feeling particularly luxurious.

Cheers to hot chocolate!


Marisa February 2, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Oh man! I already made that hot chocolate you linked to the other week. Now you tell me I have to make another batch of hot chocolate??? Well, ok – arm twisted :D

PS When I made it last time I used some peppermint chocolate minus the cinnamon and it was super delicious.


Angharad February 2, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Oh good grief that sounds perfect! I want that version please.


Skye (Skye Loves...) February 3, 2012 at 2:08 am

Hot chocolate is one of my favouritest things in the world. I usually make it by adding hot milk to a generous dollop of nutella – sounds bizzarre, but tastes absolutely heavenly.

Will have to give this recipe a try too. Purely for research purposes, you must understand…


Angharad February 3, 2012 at 9:39 am

Oh good grief, so many good options! Mint and now nutella? What are you people trying to do to me?! Must investigate…


Jolene ( February 6, 2012 at 11:50 pm

That hot chocolate sounds FABULOUS!!!!


Margarita February 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Yum! So rich, so good… the best things in life are the things that have everything in it, like this!


holly February 9, 2012 at 11:10 am

want. like now.

especially because i am feeling under the weather, and hot chocolate seems like the appropriate thing to drink ;)


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