5 Tips To Make The Ultimate Hot Chocolate

Tips Courtesy of Gary Durrant.

5 Tips To Make The Ultimate Hot Chocolate. Hello friends. So how are you today? Are you looking for some easy hot chocolate recipes?

The weekend soon came around! In fact, how quickly has February arrived!? Pinch punch, it is the first of the month.

5 Tips To Make The Ultimate Hot Chocolate.

5 Tips To Make The Ultimate Hot Chocolate:

Hot chocolate season is here! It’s time to wrap up and get cosy, and what better than with a steaming mug of creamy hot chocolate on a chilly January evening. Hunter 486 restaurant, located within five-star boutique hotel The Arch London, makes a mean hot chocolate.

So Gary Durrant, Head Chef at Hunter 486, has shared his top tips on how you can instantly upgrade your hot chocolate game this winter. How nice!

5 Tips To Make The Ultimate Hot Chocolate: We love hot chocolate here. Do you too?

Ditch The Kettle: Firstly, replacing boiling water with hot whole milk is a better alternative. A splash of single cream at the end can give it an even creamier and smoother finish.

Use Good Quality Chocolate: Secondly, use grated real chocolate (I recommend 70% cocoa solids) instead of powder to give it a more intense flavour.

You will need to add sugar to the taste to balance out the bitterness of the chocolate.

Don’t Add It All At Once: Thirdly, mix the grated chocolate with a small amount of milk to create a paste. If you gradually add the rest of the milk to the paste while simultaneously stirring you will find the hot chocolate is a lot smoother.

Spice Things Up: Fourthly, when it comes to spices, a winter favourite is cinnamon. However, you can always mix things up by adding cardamom and orange instead.

Add A Tipple: Last but not least, the addition of spirits and liquors can turn it into an adult guilty pleasure. Baileys, Disaronno and Cointreau all work well in a hot chocolate.

5 Tips To Make The Ultimate Hot Chocolate:

(Updated guest post. First published here 8th January 2018). 5 Tips To Make The Ultimate Hot Chocolate. Tips Courtesy of Gary Durrant, The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD. So what do you think of these hot chocolate tips? You could make up some of the best hot chocolate recipes here. Fancy trying them? Do you have any hot drink tips you would like to share?

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The Paleo Foods Co. Spiced Almond Milk Hot Chocolate– Secondly, and another snow day here. With the cold weather this week and more to come. So today I thought I would share this Spiced Almond Milk Hot Chocolate recipe from The Paleo Foods Co with you. The Paleo Foods Co. Spiced Almond Milk Hot Chocolate.

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5 Tips To Make The Ultimate Hot Chocolate:

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This recipe includes the super-secret ingredients you need for a smooth and velvety dark chocolate dipping sauce and a moreish maple sauce – enough to feed ten and ready in just 30 minutes, it’s a guaranteed showstopper! Say Hello To Churros With Aldi’s: How To Make Recipe. 

Secondly, A Berry Boozy Chocolate Cake. So I have a yummy recipe to share with you today that is perfect for a dinner date or party with your adult friends. Do you also fancy trying out a berry boozy Chocolate cake recipe? Also a decadent dessert for grownups! Yummy!! A Berry Boozy Chocolate Cake. Secondly, I also have a Boozy Berries sauce and a Boozy Berries vinaigrette recipe to share with you. The only thing you have to decide is a nice hot dinner or crunchy salad? Boozy Berries, Gin & Juniper Sauce And Boozy Berries Vinaigrette.

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5 Tips To Make The Ultimate Hot Chocolate

5 Tips To Make The Ultimate Hot Chocolate:

Some Fun Tips:

Does hot chocolate help you sleep? Remember when you were a child and your mum made you a hot chocolate to help you sleep? Apparently, it is the hot milk in the hot chocolate that can aid sleep. Milk also contains the amino acid tryptophan, which is used by the brain to make serotonin to slow down nerve activity, thus aiding sleep.

How do you make hot chocolate taste good with water? They say adding a pinch of salt can make it tastier.

Did you see this amazing Ruby Hot Chocolate? Fun trip to London last week and first stop when we got to where we were going was for a Ruby hot chocolate 💕. Ruby Hot Chocolate from Costa and it tastes amazing. I am obsessed with them!! Ruby Hot Chocolate.

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  1. 3 February 2020 / 20:25

    Oh this takes me back to the slopes of Italy last week – although I had brandy in mine!!! Thanks for the memories Claire.. Jacqui x

  2. Anonymous
    20 January 2018 / 17:38

    We love hot chocolate here. Must try some of these tips. Thanks.

    • 28 February 2018 / 09:05

      Great, thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. 15 January 2018 / 19:32

    Why have I never thought to put cinnamon in my hot cocoa?! I love both of those flavors and I would love them together. Great tips!

    • 17 January 2018 / 12:04

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. Elizabeth Rebecca
    13 January 2018 / 17:41

    Great tips – I love cinnamon hot chocolate.

  5. Cindy D.
    13 January 2018 / 17:22

    It is the perfect time of the year for some hot chocolate! Thank you for your tips on making yummy hot chocolate. I think I like milk instead of water, too. Thank you for these tips!- Natalie A.

    • 17 January 2018 / 12:03

      Thanks for the comment and stopping by 🙂

  6. molly
    11 January 2018 / 13:39

    That looks SO goodMollyx

    • 17 January 2018 / 11:56

      Thanks for the comment Molly.

  7. 11 January 2018 / 04:38

    Hi Claire, I'm a bit of an oddity, I love chocolate, but am not keen on hot chocolate. Saying that though my daughter is. When I do make it for the family, which isn't very often I do use good chocolate, milk and cream, I never though to grate the chocolate though, which would so cut the 'cooking' time!… The addition of a couple of After Eight mints adds a subtle minty taste, which even I sort of enjoyed.Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.xx

    • 17 January 2018 / 11:54

      Thanks for stopping by Debbie, whoo the after eight mints sound yummy. I must try it 🙂

  8. Blowing Away Out West
    10 January 2018 / 16:44

    Grown up hot chocolate! Thanks for the great tips

    • 17 January 2018 / 11:52

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  9. Sheltie Times
    10 January 2018 / 15:35

    I haven't had "fresh" cocoa in years. I've been using the packaged flavored versions mint and raspberry and they do fill a winter need.

    • 17 January 2018 / 11:52

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  10. Heather{Our Life In a Click}
    8 January 2018 / 14:13

    Yum! this looks so good!

    • 17 January 2018 / 11:51

      I love making different hot chocolates up Heather 🙂

  11. 8 January 2018 / 13:05

    Yum! My girls and I do love hot chocolate at this time of year. Great tips! #MMBC

    • 17 January 2018 / 11:48

      Thanks for the comment Kim 🙂

  12. Carol @Comfort Spring Station
    8 January 2018 / 10:59

    I used to love hot cocoa as a child. Haven't had it in decades, but you make me want it again. #MMBC

    • 17 January 2018 / 11:48

      Thanks for stopping by Carol 🙂

  13. Tamar SB
    8 January 2018 / 10:13

    I haven't had hot cocoa in ages!!Thanks for linking up (:

    • 15 January 2018 / 21:55

      Thanks for hosting and stopping by Tamar 🙂