Drinking Chocolate

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The authentic Drinking Chocolate Recipe from the famous L. A. Burdick chocolatier.  It’s thick, rich, decadent, and made without any added sugar.  

Since my oldest daughter graduated college last June, I have less reason to go into Boston.  And less reason to visit Burdick’s, the chocolate shop to end all chocolate shops. The two of us would go in each time we found ourselves in the area, mostly to ogle the expensive chocolates and get one of their famed hot chocolate drinks.

After a little poking around, we found their authentic recipe, which I’m sharing here.  There’s no sugar in this at all, just pure chocolate and milk.  I used Green & Black’s 72% baking chocolate.

Grab your coziest sweater and a good book.

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Drinking Chocolate

Yield 2 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 ½ cups milk whole or lowfat
  • 2 heaping teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup ground dark chocolate use fine, high quality chocolate that has 60% or more cocoa content
  • freshly ground nutmeg or cinnamon, cardamom. or chocolate shavings
  • creme fraiche or whipped cream


  • Heat milk to just simmering.
  • Take it off the heat and whisk in the cocoa powder and ground chocolate.  Continue whisking until the chocolate completely dissolves.  This will take a few minutes.  Put it back on the heat if necessary.
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    December 2, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Oh my goodness…this is making me think that perhaps I need some hot chocolate for breakfast this morning…

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    Linda A. Thompson
    December 2, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Perfect for a chilly night!

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    December 1, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I have never tried an unsweetened hot chocolate. I’m going to try it this weekend. Thanks!

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    Heather @ girlichef.com
    December 1, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I would love to drink some chocolate right this minute. That photo of chocolate is perfection!!

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    December 1, 2011 at 2:04 am

    YUM. Enough said.

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    Sabrina-eat.drink.and be merry.
    December 1, 2011 at 12:47 am

    I am speechless! seriously! I need to get me one of these right now!

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    December 1, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Such a great idea! I LOVE how there is no sugar in this! and that you used dark chocolate. I’m working on a dark chocolate little number myself. Thanks-will try for sure!

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    November 30, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    mmmh. Did you ever notice that chocolate becomes electrostatic (hope this is the right word) when you ground it? The chocolate flakes start flying across the worktop, very akward!
    I have the feeling Mr Paula deserved such a hot chocolate. mmmmmh. Thank you for posting the photos. They provide almost a 3D-experience including the heavenly scent!

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    November 30, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    oh mannnnnnnn!!!! xxx i love green and blacks, i use their cocoa xx

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    November 30, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    This is going to be perfect for the first big snowstorm. Hot chocolate warms you from top to bottom. Wonderful recipe.

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    November 30, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Now you’ve tempted me and my plain black coffee is no longer as appealing as it was five minutes ago :-). I must try this. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    Sarah (Snippets of Thyme)
    November 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Yum. When we lived in Kansas City, I was downtown every day with other moms waiting for our girls go get out of ballet rehearsals. We hit so many great shops and restaurants so I can relate! It was wonderful not to drive anymore when we moved to Houston but I miss those times!

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    Hungry Dog
    November 30, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    It’s cold and grey here–I would love a cup of this right now! Looks fantastic, and so decadent.

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    A Bigger Closet
    November 30, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Today is the first snowfall where I am this winter so your post is perfectly timed. I’m off to make hot chocolate right now!