3 ways to spice up your hot chocolate

Most of the year, I completely ignore hot chocolate. There’s not much room for it in my life after coffee and peppermint tea. But, I’ll be honest, there’s nothing better then coming back from a chilly November walk and sinking into a creamy batch of warm chocolatey goodness. It’s like a hug in a mug.

So, since I don’t drink it that often it’s important to me to make proper hot chocolate. Made with real chocolate. And I promise you, once you see how easy it is to make proper creamy hot chocolate, you won’t ever go back to using powder.

One of the things I love the most about making hot chocolate this way is all the different flavour combos you can make. I’ve included the how tos for our current three favourites: boozy mocha, chilli & cinnamon, and The Works (with marshmallows and chocolate shavings). But really the possibilities are endless, and you can change up the flavour by using different chocolates, flavours, milks, or liquors.Β And then basically top the whole thing off with whatever toppings you choose (mini marshmallows for me!).

So, are you converted? Is hot chocolate your favourite winter warmer, or do you have another favourite close to your sweater-covered heart?

Basic Hot Chocolate (serves 2)

You will need

100g (2/3 cups) milk chocolate

450ml (2 cups) skimmed milk

75ml (1/3 cup) single cream

1. In a pan, melt all the chocolate over a medium heat with 150ml (2/3 cup) milk, until all the chocolate has melted. Stir constantly to Β blend the milk with the chocolate and to avoid the chocolate getting stuck to the bottom of the pan.

2. When all the chocolate has melted, add the rest of the milk and the cream. Continue to heat the mixture until hot, not boiling.

3. If you just want a simple, no frills hot chocolate, then take off the heat when hot and serve.

But… if you’re looking for something a bit different, why not try these alternatives…


Boozy, Mocha Hot Chocolate

1 shot glass of Tia Maria (or other coffee liquor)

1 shot glass of coffee

1. Add the Tia Maria and coffee along with the milk and cream in step 2 above.Β Serve hot (but do not let the mixture boil).

2. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.


Chilli & Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

scant 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

sprinkle of crushed dried chilli flakes


1. Add the cinnamon and chilli along with the milk and cream in step 2 above. Serve hot (but do not let the mixture boil).

2. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.


The Works

handful of marshmallows

chocolate shavings

whipped cream

1. Follow hot chocolate recipe. When serving top with whipped cream, followed by chocolate shavings and marshmallows.

  1. Reply

    Mmm..these look so delicious! I'm a coffee and peppermint tee kind of girl myself most of the time, but now and again I do get a craving for hot chocolate. I'm definitely going to give these a try. Thanks!

    xo Hanna Pearls & Scissors

  2. Reply

    Oo I love the look of the chilli and cinnamon one!

  3. Reply

    The works! Yes please! Last winter, I took hot chocolate to work every single day.

  4. Reply

    I love that boozy hot cocoa! I often find myself wanting to indulge in some hot cocoa for the evening, but also needing a drink after work. That recipe right there is the answer my friend!

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    These look amazing! I want to make the works asap πŸ™‚

    Allie of meadow-rue.com

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    I always have hot chocolate at this time of the year! I make mine with soya milk πŸ™‚

    These look like very tasty varieties!

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    Where did you get those fabulous mugs? I adore them! I adore hot chocolate too. πŸ™‚


    1. Reply

      They're ace aren't they? I got them all as gifts (my friends do like a good theme), but I think you can find them in book stores and online.

      x Elena

  8. Reply

    These all look delicious, November is definitely the time to up your hot chocolate intake! X

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    Chloe Moon

    Hot chocolate is my go-to cold weather treat! I gotta try out more flavors tho! These sound yummy!!!

    Ergo – Blog

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    anna | Today I like Blog

    I absolutely loved this post, and the pictures you took!

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    Louisa [Living Lou]

    LOVE all of these ideas! It's so much fun to change up typical hot chocolate, these are great and inspiring.

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    Ashley P.

    Totally off topic and I realize this is a very old post, but where ever did you get those Penguin books mugs?! They are ridiculously adorable and I want them!

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