Real hot chocolate is like a taste from heaven. Something magical happens when you whisk rich dark chocolate into hot hazelnut milk that has been infused with winter spices. Pure, thick, unashamed luxury. You’re welcome.

Hazelnut is the perfect pairing to chocolate, giving a familiar and comforting flavour. For the best texture, melt the chocolate separately then whisk it in- it becomes thick and silken. If you don’t have time, you can add the chocolate to the mix whilst heating up, but for the full effect, it’s well worth the extra step.

Once you try this, no powdered hot chocolate mix will do again. Totally indulgent, sweet, creamy and spicy- well it is the season….

Serves 2 generously

500ml hazelnut milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1 cinnamon stick

1 star anise

1 rounded tbsp granulated sugar

100g good quality dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa solids


  1. In a pan, add the hazelnut milk, vanilla extract, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, cinnamon stick, star anise and sugar. Heat gently over a low heat for 5-6 minutes until just beginning to bubble at the corners. Remove from the heat and stand for 2 minutes to allow the flavours to infuse.
  2. Break up the chocolate into even pieces and add to a bowl over a pan of hot water, over a medium heat until the chocolate has melted; or alternatively heat for about 1 minute in a microwave, stirring every 10 seconds to prevent burning.
  3. Remove the cinnamon stick and star anise from the milk and whisk in the melted chocolate. Pour into large mugs and serve immediately.


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