Drinking Chocolate

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.

2.4 from 5 votes

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…

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

    Perfect for a chilly night!

  • Reply
    December 1, 2011 at 10:19 pm

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

  • Reply
    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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