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Decadent Hot Chocolate

Decadent Hot Chocolate


Indulge in a rich, chocolatey, and delicious hot chocolate without heavy cream.

Decadent Hot Chocolate

One of the great pleasures around this time of year is sipping on a cup of rich homemade hot chocolate. As I don’t drink coffee, I order a lot of hot chocolates when going to cafés. Mostly it ends with a huge disappointment when they serve it with an instant hot chocolate powder.

Decadent Hot Chocolate

Recently, I stumbled upon a little secret which helps you reach a thicker consistency. Use just a tiny bit of chocolate pudding powder to make your hot chocolate luxuriously thick and creamy.

Decadent Hot Chocolate

Sometimes, a pinch of cinnamon is all it takes to turn your mug into the taste of Christmas. I also like to add a cinnamon stick to give it a rustic wintery look.

In case you prefer your hot chocolate not extremely thick, I recommend using more milk and leaving the chocolate pudding powder out.

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Decadent Hot Chocolate

Claudia Willner
Indulge in a rich, chocolatey, and delicious hot chocolate without heavy cream.
Course Virgin
Servings 1 -2 servings


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 5 oz bittersweet 70 % chocolate chopped
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp chocolate pudding powder
  • vanilla bean scraped (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon optional
  • pinch of salt


  • Slowly heat milk in a saucepan.
  • Once milk is warm, add chopped chocolate and stir until melted.
  • Keep stirring on a low boil for about 3 mins.
  • Add brown sugar and chocolate pudding powder
  • Add vanilla bean/cinnamon powder if you like.
  • Add salt.
  • Serve immediately.

Improve your hot chocolate by making it ahead and let it rest for a few hours. Rewarm it before serving.

Add a few pinches of fleur de sel to give it an extra punch.

Top with cacao or cinnamon powder for a great look.

Incase you don’t have chocolate pudding powder, you can substitute with corn starch.

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