Ultimate hot chocolate

This recipe will change your perspective on hot chocolate forever. Keep a jar of the easy-to-make powder in the cupboard, ready to add to hot milk when you’re in need of instant comfort.


1 vanilla pod
200g dark chocolate (70% cocoa), finely chopped
150g cocoa powder
100g icing sugar
75g Horlicks or other malted milk powder
1 tsp sea salt
½ tbsp ground cinnamon (optional)


250ml whole milk, per person


1. Split the vanilla pod lengthways, scrape out the seeds and add to a resealable jar (about 1 litre in volume) with the remaining ingredients (apart from the milk). Secure the lid and shake the jar to mix thoroughly.

2. For every mug of hot chocolate, heat 250ml milk until almost boiling. Mix in 3 tbsp hot chocolate mixture and simmer, stirring often, for 3-5 minutes, until thickened. Ladle into a mug and top with a marshmallow, if liked.

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Ultimate hot chocolate
  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 5 minutes
  • Total time: 10 minutes 10 minutes

Makes: 12 mugs

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 1,480kJ
Fat 19.6g
Saturated Fat 11.9g
Carbohydrate 31.8g
Sugars 27.5g
Protein 12.6g
Salt 1g
Fibre 2.3g

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This recipe was first published in Tue Apr 01 16:40:04 BST 2014.