Have you ever had European hot chocolate? If the answer to that question is yes, you should be getting very excited right now.

If the answer is no, this recipe is going to blow your mind. Instead of the steaming chocolate-flavored water or milk that is American cocoa a la Swiss Miss, this stuff is truly chocolatey. Picture a rich chocolate pudding, imagine it being just thin enough that it is drinkable, and you’re beginning to get it.

This chocolate is perfect for those times when you come in from the cold and need a hot, sweet beverage. Even better, it only requires ingredients that most people already have hanging around in the cupboard- nothing too fancy, not even chocolate bars (which, let’s be honest, I normally just eat as bars instead of preparing… oh well). Enjoy it!

Step One


  • 1 1/8 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 cup sugar (less if you prefer darker/less sweet chocolate)
  • 2 tsp¬†cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp orange peel (if desired)
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg (if desired)
  • pinch of cayenne pepper (if desired)*


  1. Place all ingredients in saucepan over medium heat. Whisk often until steaming (the mixture should thicken and become smooth at this point).
  2. Continue whisking until the mixture begins to boil, then remove from heat and serve warm (topped with whipped cream if you feel super fancy!). Add more milk to thin if desired.**

Step Two


  • The recipe is for three servings, but it can be one large single serving, or it could multiply easily to serve more people.
  • *For the optional additional spices, choose to add as you see fit. I wouldn’t recommend adding all three at the same time, but do what your heat desires! You can also experiment with other ingredients: instant espresso, ground ginger, etc.
  • **This process should be fairly quick, less than ten minutes total.

Drinking Chocolate