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    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.

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    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose Kitchen magazine. myWaitrose members can download the Waitrose Kitchen app edition for FREE. Find out more.


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