Hot chocolate recipe

Probably the simplest hot chocolate in the world, just chocolate and milk make a warm, comforting, winter treat

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Allergy Information

Wheat-Free no
Gluten-Free no
Nut-Free no
Dairy-Free no
Sugar-Free no
Vegetarian no
Vegan no
  • Preparation time: 3 mins
  • Cook time: 5 mins
  • Total time: 8 mins
  • Yield: serves 1

Buying hot chocolate mixes is always a problem on a wheat free or celiac diet as a lot of them contain wheat. In a coffee shop, unless you know that the hot chocolate is being made from scratch with pure ingredients, again it's a bit of a risk. So what do chocoholics that follow a wheat or gluten free diet do? They make their own.

This really must be the quickest and easiest hot chocolate to make from basic ingredients. If you simply want the hot chocolate then you can forgoe adding the whipped cream and nutmeg, it's just as good without the extras.

The frothier you can get the milk the more luxurious the texture, though if you're using a non-dairy alternative the results won't be exactly identical. Just two simple ingredients are all you need to create a little bit of hot chocolate luxury.


40g [40g] semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped or grated
300ml [300ml] milk (substitute: non-dairy alternative)
whipped cream (optional)
grated nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)
12 tsp [12 tsp] chocolate, grated (optional)


  1. Place chocolate in a medium bowl.
  2. Put milk into a small saucepan and bring to the boil.
  3. Pour one quarter of the boiling milk onto the chocolate, then whisk the chocolate and milk until the chocolate has melted and combined well with the milk.
  4. Return the remaining three quarters of the milk to the heat and bring back to the boil.
  5. Pour the remaining boiling milk over the chocolate milk whisking continously. You are aiming to get a frothy texture to the hot chocolate. Alternatively you can use one of those small battery powered whisks to do the same task.
  6. Pour into a warmed mug and drink immediately or alternatively top with a generous spoonful of the optional whipped cream, a fine sprinkle of grated nutmeg, cinnamon or grated chocolate, before drinking.

We like this recipe because it's so easy to make, and after a cold day outside, or a day's skiing, there's nothing quite so warming and comforting as a steaming, creamy hot chocolate