4: Christmas Hot Chocolate

One of my most favourite things about winter is all the different varieties of hot chocolate you can find. But let’s be honest when it is getting closer and closer to Christmas day and your wages just aren’t stretching as far as you would like, you can’t really justify all the coffee bar versions when you could easily make your own at home. Below I have compiled some of my favourite hot chocolatey drinks to make at home. They all contain the same basic recipe just with added ingredients.

Hot chocolate, also known as hot cocoa, drinking chocolate or just cocoa is a heated beverage consisting of shaved chocolate, melted chocolate or cocoa powder, heated milk or water, and usually a sweetener. 

Quoted from Wikipedia.

Basic recipe:

Take 4 tablespoons of hot choc powder and add to 250ml of hot milk, stir until the milk is chocolatey brown, pour into a mug and add squirty cream if required.

Baileys Hot Choco:

A traditional hot choc with a shot of Baileys liqueur. I like mine topped with squirty cream.

Candy Cane Hot Choc:

A traditional hot choc with peppermint essence, Sometimes I add broken pieces of candy cane or even mini candy canes to the glass.

Millionaire Hot Choc:

A traditional hot choc mixed with caramel syrup and topped with broken gluten-free millionaires shortbread.

Chocolate Caramel Hot Choc:

A traditional hot choc mixed with caramel syrup, topped with squirty cream and mini Rolo’s.

Frothy Hot Choc:

A traditional hot choc made with frothy milk.


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