How To Make Perfect Hot Chocolate

Perfect Hot Chocolate for sharing
Perfect Hot Chocolate for sharing


Has a hot chocolate ever disappointed? That moment when you’re enveloped in steam and full of expectation, then... a lingering grainy residue and watery thin chocolate delivery.

It’s likely what you’re stirring in is made with a base of cocoa powder. ‘Dutching’ is a process invented in the early 19th Century by Dutch chocolate maker Coenraad Johannes van Houten. Roasted cocoa beans are soaked in alkaline solution, dried then crushed with a hydraulic press to release the cocoa fats. It alters the colour and neutralises cocoa’s acidity. Useful for baking but mixed in piping hot milk, lacks the depth of real chocolate. What you’re missing is that cocoa butter melt.

Check the label too. Does sugar lead? What’s been added? Is it worthy of your favourite mug?


How to make the best hot chocolate

- Our Chocolat Chef David takes you through step-by-step.

Perfect Hot Chocolate Chef David
Perfect Hot Chocolate Chef David

1. Choose your milk, plant or dairy


First choose a good quality organic milk, or plant based equivalent. Almond, cashew, coconut and oat work well with real chocolate.

Our perfect hot chocolate made with chocolate flakes
Our perfect hot chocolate made with chocolate flakes

David’s tip: pre-warm your cup with boiled water to hold that temperature a little longer.


2. Choose your chocolate


Next choose your grade of chocolate. You could grate your own, but it may be hard on the knuckles and they should be small enough to melt the cocoa solids and butter.

A welcome shortcut could be our signature hot chocolate flakes of just the right size to whisk away in milk. The only ingredient? Chocolate with no hidden extras, syrups, powders or artificial anything.

What to add? For one serving add six heaped teaspoons (35g) to 220ml of your choice of milk.

What hot chocolate options are there? Choose from six mood-matching core recipes, lazy Sunday Salted Caramel to a single-origin dark boost.

David’s tip: save a pinch of chocolate flakes to sprinkle on at the end. Magic.


3. Make it like a pro



1. In a pan bring the milk to a gentle simmer, stirring gently with a whisk until hot but not boiling (you should steam rising).

2. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate to the milk.

3. Return to the hob on a medium heat and gently whisk until all the chocolate has melted.

4. It takes four to five minutes to prepare, then it’s ready to pour.


Sad times: It’s easy to get distracted and burn the milk (we’ve all had unwatched pan panics). Boiling over results in a bitter aftertaste. Not what you want to warm your hands around.

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Molinillo - An ancient whisk, only better


Still in use in South America today, the molinillo. A wooden tool which rotates by rubbing the palms together, aerates and creates a beautiful silken froth.

Molinillo whisk
Molinillo whisk

That feel good feeling. Cocoa contains phenethylamine (PEA, easier to say) the same chemical your brain creates when you fall in love.


Perfect hot chocolate shot
Perfect hot chocolate shot

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