BEST home-made hot chocolate ever

Ever tried making hot chocolate from scratch? Real chocolate, cream and vanilla sound good to you? Nothing gives comfort like good old hot chocolate. This recipe serves 2 people or fills one realllly big mug. You can use milk, dark or white chocolate. Or why not try Whispers, Smarties or chocolate buttons? Flavour it with anything from coconut, lavender, cardamom or cinnamon. Simply replace the orange in this recipe with your choice of flavouring. Add lots of marshmallows and you’re done!

Orange infused hot chocolate


375ml (1 ½ cup) milk

125ml (1/2 cup) cream

2.5ml (1/2 tsp) vanilla essence

2.5ml (1/2 tsp) orange zest

150g dark chocolate , chopped

  1. Heat the milk, cream, vanilla and orange zest in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove it from the heat and add in the chocolate.
  2. Stir it over a very low heat until melted. Be careful not to over heat as it will then turn grainy.
  3. Pour it into serving glasses and serve immediately


This recipe is perfect for the rainy weather that’s heading to Cape Town over the weekend. Drink up!


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