A rich creamy thick hot chocolate to end all hot chocolates!

I’d say most of us have at least one or two obsessions when it comes to food.  Being a food blogger, I’ve probably got more than my share.  One of them is hot chocolate.  I’m always on the prowl for the ultimate thick rich drinking chocolate.  I crave deep chocolate flavor, and a thick THICK consistency, almost like pudding.  If I’m not tempted to use a spoon, it’s not thick enough.  To me, that’s the ultimate indulgence on a cold night.

The thickest, richest, chocolate-iest drinking chocolate

As it happens, today is National Chocolate Day — the perfect day to share this recipe for the most voluptuous drinkable chocolate I’ve found yet.  Over the years I’ve tried all sort of techniques to achieve a result like this, and it’s surprisingly tough!  At one point I thought using heavy cream might be the answer… remember the brief appearance of Chantico, in the teeny little cups, at Starbucks?  That stuff was good — it was described as a ‘drinkable truffle’ —  but it was a zillion calories.  That’s probably why it didn’t last long.  Anyone who read the calorie count couldn’t bring themselves to order it.  And it was so small it was gone before you could really enjoy it.  But don’t worry, there’s no heavy cream in my recipe.

Deep dark thick drinking chocolate

The answer turns out to be a combination of elements, each building upon the next to create the most wonderful effect.  I use a milk base, and while you could use nonfat, I think whole or 2% works best.  I use a heavy proportion of chocolate (both solid chocolate and cocoa powder,) which provides that great chocolate punch.  Then just enough sugar to sweeten but not overpower the chocolate, and some real vanilla.   Aaaaaaaand the secret ingredient that actually makes the whole thing thick…cornstarch.  You won’t taste it, but you will love what it does to this cocoa.

Drinkling Chocolate

That top photo aside, this drinking chocolate really doesn’t need any other embellishment, like whipped cream or marshmallows, it stands on its own merits, but you can use them if you like.  Here’s the recipe —

The Ultimate Hot Chocolate

Yield: serves 2

The Ultimate Hot Chocolate

What You Will Need

  • 2 cups milk (any kind you like)
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 oz dark or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (you can use chocolate chips)
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla or vanilla paste
  • garnish
  • whipped cream or marshmallows


  1. Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and heat on medium, stirring or whisking constantly until it just comes to a simmer and thickens.
  2. Pour into mugs, top with whipped cream or marshmallows, and enjoy right away.


  • There are lots of ways to vary this…use almond or coconut milk for non-dairy drinkers.   Add 1/2 tsp cinnamon, or cardamom for a little spice.  Almond or peppermint extract can stand in for the vanilla.  You could add some powdered espresso, maybe 1 teaspoon, for a mocha effect.  And a shot of Bourbon might be nice, on occasion.
  • Serve this with a spoon, it’s that thick!

Hot Chocolate so rich and thick you'll need a spoon!

On a sad note, the food blogging community is mourning the loss of one of its bright lights…Joan Hayes of Chocolate Chocolate and More passed away suddenly last week.  She was only 49, and a single mother, leaving three children behind.  She was a beloved figure in the blogging world and left a legacy of kindness and generosity that touched so many of us.  Joan’s blog was the sole source of income for her family, so I’d like to ask you to please visit her site, and pin and share her recipes in order to keep it vital so it can continue to provide for her children.  Pick out a recipe or two to try while you’re there, it’s an incredible collection of irresistible desserts!  Life is unpredictable, so enjoy a bit of chocolate while you can.  <3

The Ultimate Hot Chcolate recipe for thick rich drinking chocolate


Pin it don’t lose it!

Hot Chocolate so thick you'll need a spoon!

This doesn't have to be goodbye ---
I'm also on FACEBOOK chatting and sharing recipes every day. If you like to Pin, (and who doesn't?) follow me on PINTEREST
Share →

28 Responses to The Ultimate Hot Chocolate

  1. It’s a damp, dreary, cold-to-the-bone day here, I’m sipping hot tea but if I had my druthers, it would be this decadent, amazing look hot chocolate. I bet it might even bring the sun out!

  2. I can’t wait to try this. I love cocoa before bed and this looks worthy of a good night’s sleep. I had never heard of Joan’s site because I live under a rock, but you can bet I will visit it often now!

  3. A cold wind is blowing this afternoon and all I need is a big mug of hot chocolate!

  4. Your hot chocolate reminds me of licking the bowl after my mom cooked the Sunday pudding. Thanks for bringing back those warm and cozy memories.

  5. I would love a large cup now. It looks so rich and great!

  6. Susan says:

    This looks like it could fulfill my chocolate cravings very nicely, Sue! I love how thick and dessert-like it is. Definitely a must try on these chilly nights we’ve been having lately. Thank you for sharing Joan’s website. What a loss for her family and the blogging community. My thoughts are with her family.

  7. This is the perfect, decadent hot chocolate and Joan would have loved it :)

  8. Sue!! These photos! OMG. They are AMAZING! And this recipe looks too good to be true! Can’t wait to try it!

  9. That looks so creamy, chocolatey and delicious! It’s been cold and rainy all day today and this would be perfect right this minute.

  10. This looks totally decadent Sue! With colder days ahead, we will all be needing this delicious little treat! I was so sad to hear about Joan’s passing. I emailed her the Sunday before she died to thank her for posting one of my recipes on her Facebook. As busy as she was considering the popularity of her blog she got back to me in less than 10 minutes to say hello and comment on my blog. I wish I could have known her in person!

  11. these pictures are out of this word gorgeous Sue, and I bet Joan is amazed by how the communtiy showed up for her today

  12. Yelena says:

    Who does not love hot chocolate? Yours looks just scrumptious. Perfect for a cool day.



  13. The hot chocolate looks wonderful and winter is nearly here in Michigan. It will come in most handily. I subscribed to the friends newsletter and will check out her recipes. R.I.P.

  14. Pat says:

    This looks so divine! I never would have thought to add cornstarch to a hot chocolate mix, but I can see how thick and rich it makes it. I’ll get a lot of use out of this recipe soon it won’t be long before we have snow shoveling to do, and we always reward ourselves with a cup of hot chocolate afterward :)

    It is so sad to read the news about this blogger. I’ll definitely visit her blog and pin her recipes.

  15. I’m pretty sure that is the awesome-est hot chocolate I’ve ever seen! Joan would’ve asked for a second cup!

  16. cheri says:

    Hi Sue, this hot chocolate is amazing, love that a spoon is needed.

  17. Mimi says:

    I’m a new follower and what a wonderful way to start a new friendship, over a cup of cocoa.
    Love your style.

  18. Oh my! That cup of hot chocolate is food for the soul. I don’t know whether I want marshmallow or whipped cream!!


  19. Wow, this looks awesome! Never had hot chocolate that thick before. This is definitely the winner of all hot chocolates — thanks.

  20. I made sipping chocolate a few years ago – it was a velvet dream – and I know I would love this as well! Beautiful photos!

  21. Oh my word, Susan. This is one seriously gorgeous cuppa hot chocolate. I know Joan would’ve been all over it! I love our food blogging community and the way we rally for each other. I’m grateful to know you, Susan!

    • Sue says:

      I so regret not being able to join you guys that weekend in Phoenix with Mary et al. I wish I had known her in person, she certainly was a gem <3

  22. Mary Younkin says:

    This hot chocolate looks beyond decadent and Joan would definitely have approved. The blogging community is amazing and I’m so blessed to call you my friend, Sue. {hugs}

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *