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A good hot chocolate recipe

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Here is a good hot chocolate recipe to warm the cockles. It is really really easy and just perfect for a cold winter evening. At the end are a load of additional flavour options – have fun!

Ingredients (serves two)

  • 500 grams of good quality dark chocolate
  • 2 mugs of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)


  • Grate or finely chop your chocolate and place all ingredients except the cinnamon into a microwaveable bowl
  • Bang it into the microwave and melt it – I do it for 30 seconds and then 10 second bursts
  • If you prefer you can put everything into a heavy based pan over a really low heat and melt it that way
  • Stir as it melts so that it melts evenly
  • Pour into glasses and sprinkle the cinnamon on top

Spain Buddy tips

Okay, so the method we have given you isn’t particularly healthy… but then it is Christmas after all eh! The following tips will crank it even further. Let your imagination run wild.

  • Use 3/4 milk and a 1/4 cream for extra creamy goodness
  • When everything is melted, pour in a good glug of your favourite warming spirit such as brandy or rum
  • Swap 1/4 of the milk for your favourite Irish cream, such as Bailey’s (or make your own by following this super recipe from Sue Sharpe)
  • It’s also good with a tot of your favourite liqueur… try Tia Maria, Amaretto, Drambuie or cherry brandy
  • Once it’s poured into the mugs – top with squirty cream and/or marshmallows.

Non alcoholic versions that are also great for the kids

These flavours wake the chocolate up a little. Knock yourself out! Add the ingredients to taste.

  • Peppermint extract
  • Paprika
  • Dollop of smooth peanut butter (melt this with the other ingredients rather than adding at the end)
  • Dollop of Nutella (melt this with the other ingredients rather than adding at the end)
  • Caramel sauce

Merry Christmas!

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8 Responses to A good hot chocolate recipe

  1. Sue Sharpe (@suesharpe1) December 31, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Thanks for the mention!

  2. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper December 31, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Had to be done ;) xxx

  3. Alf January 5, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Elle, you forgot one of chocolate’s best friends, CHILLI. Dark chocolate and chilli is a marriage made in heaven! You could add chilli powder, hot or whatever, or just use a bar or two of good quality dark chocolate with chilli in it, like Lindts, or Green & Blacks. I’ve experimented with a few chunks of those dissolved in a mug of good quality cocoa made with full fat milk before and it was the dogs’ dangly bits, if you know what I mean. ;D

    Alf xx

  4. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper January 6, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    There’s something that holds me back from chilli chocolate – although I know others who swear by it.

    You can keep your chilli then… and your dog’s danglies :D

    E x

  5. Sue Sharpe (@suesharpe1) January 6, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Ooh! Good call, there, Alf!
    I’m off to hunt for one of my bars of G&B chilli (if I can remember where I stashed them!)

  6. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper January 6, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Don’t encourage him! ;) x

  7. Sue Sharpe (@suesharpe1) January 6, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Whoops! Sorry…………

  8. Elle Draper
    Elle Draper January 6, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    To be fair though… he takes no encouraging ;)

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