The Best Hot Chocolate


You have to try this hot chocolate mix from smitten kitchen. It is the I’m not even kidding. You have to. I’m planning on making a bunch of it, both to keep around the house and to give away this Christmas. I’ve had three mugs of it since yesterday, and I’m planning on having at least one more today.

It’s super easy to make, rich and creamy and extremely yummy, just the right amount of sweet.

Trust me, just make it.

For a jar with enough for about 7-9 mugs of hot chocolate (depending on how chocolaty you like your cocoa), you will need:

  • 100 g / 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 85 g / 3 ounces dark chocolate (for this batch I used 54%, which was perfect)
  • 40 g / 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract / a teeny tiny amount of seeds from a fresh vanilla bean
  • 1/8 tsp fine sea salt

Grate the chocolate on the fine side of a box grater/cheese grater (I also tried making a portion in my food processor later in the day, and found that it made the chocolate stick together in clumps and make the mixture clumpy – but maybe that’s just my food processor? In any case, grating worked no problem 🙂 I may try chopping the chocolate more finely and giving the blender another go rather than grating it, when I make a big batch).

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Put into a mixing bowl along with the remaining ingredients and stir with a spoon until well combined.

Heat a cup of milk (whichever kind you prefer) in the microwave on high for 2 minutes; add 4 heaped teaspoons of hot chocolate mix (after vigorous testing, I’ve concluded that this is my preferred amount 😉 ). Or heat the milk and hot chocolate mix in a small saucepan for a few minutes until the mixture has dissolved and the milk is nice and hot!

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Serve on its own or with whipped cream or marshmallows. I had mine with breakfast, sunny side up!


The hot chocolate mix keeps in an airtight container for about two months (but I promise you it won’t be around for that long).

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