The Best Hot Chocolate (Drinking Chocolate)

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This recipe is, hands-down, the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had. It’s so rich, so packed with chocolate flavor, that it’s hard to put your mug down.

I began to experiment with from-scratch hot chocolate recipes and techniques and I ended up with this gem. I get to use my favorite dark chocolate and cocoa powder (the same ones I use in my chocolate cupcakes) to guarantee the flavor profile I want in my drinking chocolate.

two mugs of hot chocolate with a large marshmallow in each

Ingredients

Here’s why this hot chocolate is without a doubt the best one that I have ever made:

  • I use milk. Water simply can’t provide you with a true hot chocolate experience.
  • I use a mix of dark chocolate pieces and unsweetened cocoa powder. The chocolate pieces give the drink some thickness and an intense chocolate flavor, while the cocoa powder keeps it from turning into a a bottle of cassonade syrup next to a mug of hot chocolate
    • Butter makes it better. Butter is the secret to this super rich hot chocolate. The butter makes me feel like I’m drinking a liquid version of my addictive chocolate sugar pie.

    How It’s Made

    Heat milk in a small saucepan or in the microwave until hot but not boiling.

    Melt butter in another small saucepan on medium heat. Once it’s melted, add chocolate pieces to the melted butter and stir until completely melted.

    Stir in the cocoa powder.

    Whisk in hot milk a little bit at a time until completely combined, then whisk in your syrup. Continue to heat until mixture is nearly boiling.

    Remove from heat and serve hot in a mug, topped with whipped cream, marshmallows, or both – and drizzle some extra syrup on top!

    Expert Tips and FAQs

    closeup shot of a mug of hot chocolate with a large marshmallow on top
    How is hot cocoa different from hot chocolate?

    Hot cocoa is not hot chocolate. The former is made from a powder, while the latter is made from milk or cream combined with actual chocolate. Hot chocolate is also called drinking chocolate.

    Over the years, I’ve made hot cocoa using all manner of gourmet hot cocoa mixes. I even own a hot cocoa-making machine (basically a kettle that heats and froths the milk). Cocoa mixes alone never created the chocolate nirvana that I craved.

    Hot cocoa can be good, but hot chocolate can be divine.

    What are the best syrups to use in this recipe?

    I love using cassonade syrup, but it can be difficult to source. Treacle, unsulphured molasses, golden syrup, maple syrup, date syrup, and sorghum molasses are all excellent choices.

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    The Best Hot Chocolate

    This may be the best hot chocolate you've ever had. It's rich, sweet, and decadent!
    Course Drinks
    Cuisine American
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 15 minutes
    Servings 2 mugs
    Calories 417kcal
    Author Stefani

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups milk I prefer 2% milk in my hot chocolate, but any kind will do
    • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
    • 1 ounce dark chocolate use your favorite dark chocolate
    • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder use your favorite unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/4 cup cassonade syrup substitute with treacle, golden syrup, maple syrup, date syrup, or even sorghum molasses, and have a little extra for drizzling

    Instructions

    • Heat milk in a small saucepan or in the microwave until hot but not boiling.
    • Melt butter in a separate small saucepan on medium heat.
    • Add dark chocolate to melted butter and stir until completely melted.
    • Stir in unsweetened cocoa powder.
    • Whisk in hot milk a little bit at a time.
    • Whisk in cassonade syrup and continue to heat until mixture is nearly boiling.
    • Remove from heat and top with whipped cream, marshmallows, or both. Add an extra drizzle of syrup and serve immediately.

    Notes

    If you don’t have cassonade syrup, you can make this recipe with treacle, light molasses, golden syrup, or another syrup of your choosing. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 1116mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 570IU | Calcium: 379mg | Iron: 4mg
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  1. Nancy Pollacksays:

    Drinking my sample right now. Everyone who loves hot chocolate should try this recipe.

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