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.

  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 5 minutes
  • Total time: 10 minutes 10 minutes

Makes: 12 mugs


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.