Homemade Hot (or Cold) Chocolate Drink

Recipe by Rachel Grunwell. Photography and styling by Aimee Mange

My kids spent their youth drinking hot chocolates – or “fluffies” if we went to cafes. The fluffies are milk foam with chocolate sprinkled on top with two marshmallows. It’s always a fun burst of sugar and a treat. But this hot chocolate is more for grown-ups who seriously love a hot, rich chocolatey drink!

Serves 1


  • 4 pieces of dark chocolate (I use Whittaker’s Dark Ghana 72%)
  • ¼ cup cream
  • ¾ cup oat milk
  • ½ tablespoon cacao powder
  • a pinch sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon each ground cardamom, ground cinnamon and vanilla bean powder
  • 1 can of whipped cream (optional)


  • Place the chocolate in a bain-marie (i.e., a glass bowl balanced above a saucepan that has 2cm of water in the bottom, over a low heat)
  • Melt the chocolate in the bain-marie – I do it this way, so the chocolate doesn’t burn
  • Once melted, slowly add the cream, whisking constantly
  • Whisk in the milk, cacao, salt, spices and vanilla
  • Pour into a cup and devour.
  • Add whipped cream on top for an extra indulgent topping

This is seriously yum served chilled, too, and then the whipped cream holds on top nicely. Enjoy!

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