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Silky, luscious hot chocolate is the perfect festive treat for the holidays. And what’s better than one type of hot chocolate? FOUR! Including the most delectable frozen version.



Festive hot chocolate 4 ways

I know that for those of you living in the Northern Hemisphere, hot chocolate (or cocoa) is synonymous with Christmas. But to be honest, here in South Africa there’s nothing I want less than hot chocolate on a hot Summer’s day during the festive season. However, I am always so envious of your holidays with the fires roaring and snuggling under fluffy blankets with cups of hot chocolate so I lived vicariously through you and created my four ultimate hot chocolates.

Classic hot chocolate

How do you make your own hot chocolate?

The first being the proper classic HC. I make my mine with full cream (whole) milk but you could use any milk you want. The addition of salt might throw you off but believe me, salt makes anything chocolate taste infinitely more chocolatey so I believe it’s a non-negotiable. However, if it really isn’t for you, then please feel free to omit it. I use a combination of milk chocolate and a really good quality cocoa powder to create that depth of flavour. I don’t like very dark hot chocolates as I want some of that milky comfort too.

Frozen hot chocolate

I created this frozen version for us folk in the Southern Hemisphere. Completely selfish but oh-so-good. This is like hot chocolate meets a milkshake on crack. It was so good, I might have gone back for another one. Don’t judge me.

Grown-up hot chocolate

The grown-up version is for those days that you just need a little something extra. The beauty is, no-one will even know yours is a little spiked. I used chocolate liqueur to amp up the chocolatiness but Kahlua, Frangelico or even good old brandy would do just as well.

Spiced hot chocolate

This spiced version is like a chai latte and hot chocolate had a baby. And that baby is delicious you guys. So warming and comforting and just perfect for a cold day. Yum!

Festive hot chocolate 4 ways
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Festive hot chocolate 4 ways

Silky, luscious hot chocolate is the perfect festive treat for the holidays. Here are 4 recipes to suit every palate including a delectable frozen version.
Course Christmas, Drinks, Festive, Hot chocolate
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 -6 cups
Author Alida Ryder



  • 4 cups milk
  • 200 g milk chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons good quality unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • whipped cream for serving


  • classic hot chocolate
  • vanilla ice cream
  • whipped cream


  • classic hot chocolate
  • 1 to t alcohol of your choice per serving
  • whipped cream for serving
  • cocoa powder/chocolate shavings for serving


  • classic hot chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Whipped cream for serving
  • sprinkles


  • To make the classic hot chocolate, combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and allow to come to a gently simmer.
  • Stir to melt the chocolate and dissolve the sugar.
  • Serve topped with whipped cream.
  • For the frozen, combine the classic  with vanilla ice cream and blend until smooth. Pour into glassed then top with whipped cream and sprinkles.
  • For the grown-up, add the alcohol of your choice to the classic. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream and cocoa powder/chocolate shavings.
  • For the spiced, add the spices to the classic while it is simmering. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream.

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  • Camilla

    I love to add a pinch of red pepper flakes to my hot cocoa. Your spiced version looks delicious.

  • Leslie

    That iced hot chocolate looks like the perfect summer treat!

  • Jenni

    There is Nothing better than a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day.

  • Reply

    Perfect recipes for today Alida! It’s freezing here and there may be snow heading our way in a day or two!! Thanks!

    • Alida Ryder

      Thanks Mary Ann. I’m so jealous of your snow!

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