The Ultimate Hot Chocolate

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

The Ultimate Hot Chocolate ~ this thick, rich, chocolatey hot cocoa is going to be your new best friend this winter, trust me!

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.

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

When the temperatures drop I think all of us crave something warm to drink, and I’ve got lots of other ideas for you ~

The Ultimate Hot Chcolate recipe for thick rich drinking chocolate

A rich creamy thick hot chocolate to end all hot chocolates!
3.37 from 22 votes

The Ultimate Hot Chocolate

The Ultimate Hot Chocolate ~ this thick, rich, chocolatey hot cocoa is going to be your new best friend this winter, trust me!
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine American
Cook Time 10 minutes
Yield 2 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 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


  • whipped cream or marshmallows


  • Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and heat on medium, stirring or whisking constantly until it just comes to a simmer and thickens.
  • Pour into mugs, top with whipped cream or marshmallows, and enjoy right away.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


  • 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!



The ultimate hot chocolate pin.



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  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    October 29, 2015 at 1:35 pm

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

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    October 29, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    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.

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    [email protected]'s+Recipes
    October 29, 2015 at 12:03 pm

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

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    October 29, 2015 at 8:32 am

    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.

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets
    October 29, 2015 at 6:58 am

    This is the perfect, decadent hot chocolate and Joan would have loved it 🙂

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    lisa @ wine and glue
    October 29, 2015 at 6:14 am

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

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    October 29, 2015 at 12:03 am

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

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House KItchen
    October 28, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    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!

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    heather @french press
    October 28, 2015 at 5:01 pm

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

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    October 28, 2015 at 4:55 pm

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



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