Real Hot Chocolate

Real Hot Chocolate- very simple to make with double cream, milk and real chocolate. A creamy and delicious winter treat, much nicer than packet mixes.

Real Hot Chocolate in a Christmas mug

When I think of cosy winters, sitting snuggled under a blanket on the sofa watching Christmas films, I also think of hot chocolate. There's just no other drink that adds to the cosiness like hot chocolate. Don't get me wrong, I live for tea, especially on a work day. I do believe it solves most problems and I power through the day on 3-4 cups. But, because I drink it most of the time, it just doesn't have that cosy factor. It's just not indulgent enough. Only hot chocolate fits the bill! 

You can get some pretty decent hot chocolate in some of the coffee shops these days and you can buy the packet mixes for home, but nothing beats real hot chocolate. It has a much deeper, creamier flavour (probably due to all the chocolate and the cream...)

Making your own hot chocolate is very easy and totally worth the small amount of effort required. Once you try it, it's pretty hard to go back to the alternatives! Don't believe all the recipes that tell you that you need a double broiler, or to melt the chocolate over hot water. That's a right faff and you honestly don't need to do it. 

When I make real hot chocolate I prefer to use a decent dark chocolate, as I find milk choc just a bit too sweet. Melted together with milk and cream and a couple of secret ingredients, it tastes divine. My secret ingredients, the things that I think elevate it beyond just ordinary hot chocolate, are vanilla essence and a touch of cinnamon. They add a little bit of pizazz!

So why don't you treat you and yours to some real, home-made hot chocolate this Christmas Eve? Get under that blanket, put on Elf, Love Actually or whatever Christmas film floats your boat, and drink up!

Hot chocolate in a Christmas mug with marshmallows on top

Make Real Hot Chocolate

For a printable recipe card with full details, please scroll to the end of this post.

Main steps of the recipe:

Chocolate, milk and cream melting in a pan
Melt the chocolate in the pan with the cream, milk and cinnamon.

Cholcate melted into cream and milk
Leave to simmer.

Real Hot Chocolate simmering in a pan
Whisk the hot chocolate until the chocolate is fully mixed in.

Real hot chocolate in  a mug
Pour into mugs- tacky, Christmas ones preferred!

Real Hot Chocolate in a mug with marshmallows
Add marshmallows!

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Real Hot Chocolate

Real Hot Chocolate- very simple to make with double cream, milk and real chocolate. A creamy and delicious winter treat, much nicer than packet mixes.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 5 minstotal time: 15 mins


  • 100g dark chocolate (good quality)
  • 120ml double cream
  • 500ml milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • marshmallows (optional)


1. Break the chocolate into chunks and pop it in a large saucepan on medium heat.
2. Immediately add the milk, cream, cinnamon and vanilla essence and keep gently stirring while the chocolate melts. it's important to keep stirring so the chocolate doesn't get the chance to burn and stick to the bottom.
3. Continue stirring until the liquid starts to simmer. You'll see that the liquid will be become speckled with dots of chocolate as it melts.  
4.  As it starts to simmer, carefully use a whisk to froth the liquid. You'll see the specks of chocolate disappear and the liquid turn light brown.
5. Take the hot chocolate off the heat and pour carefully into your mugs.
6.  Add marshmallows, if you wish.
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  1. Ahh yummy! I love hot chocolate. :)

    1. Me too! My husband doesn't like it- this is beyond my understanding!

  2. This was such a great recipe. I haven't had hot coco in such a long time but making it myself should change that (:

    Isaly Holland


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