The Ultimate Hot Chocolate Recipe

Paul A Young’s Ultimate Hot Chocolate Recipe

Fancy an early Christmas present? Of course you do! Here is Paul A Young's mouth watering recipe for making the ultimate hot chocolate at home this winter.

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 10 minutes

What you'll need

500 mls/ 17 fl oz / 2 cups water

100g/3.5 oz/ ½ cup unrefined golden caster sugar

25g / 1 oz / 1/3 cup cocoa powder

100g/3.5 oz/ ½ cup 70% dark chocolate broken into pieces or chocolate chips


  • In a saucepan, bring the water, sugar and cocoa powder to a simmer for 2 minutes. 
  • Add the chocolate and whisk until the chocolate has melted. 
  • Just before serving whisk very well until frothy, then pour into a drinking receptacle of your choice.

Paul's Top Tips

  • Make in advance and store in the fridge until needed and reheat in a saucepan.
  • Add spices like cinnamon and nutmeg while cooking for an aromatic hot chocolate.
  • Add a measure of whisky or brandy for a warming winter hot chocolate.

Hot Chocolate

In the mood for a bit more chocolate? You can find Paul's guide to Hot Chocolate Heaven and recent Spotlight interview both over on TheEdit now.

For more info on Paul A Young you can find his profile in TOAST’s Little Black Book, or visit www.paulayoung.co.uk.


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by Sophie Farrah
on on 09 December 2016

  chocolate, chocolatier, hot chocolate

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