How to make hot chocolate with real chocolate

How to turn your favourite chocolate bar into a lovely cup of hot chocolate - whipped cream optional

Hot chocolate in mugs with marshmallows, macarons and tea pot
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We’ve cracked how to make the perfect cup of hot chocolate with only two ingredients (and one of them is NOT cocoa powder) - and in just minutes too!

Nothing beats a lovely cup of hot chocolate. Topped with cream, and marshmallows or sprinkled with hundreds and thousands, hot chocolate has to be one of our favourite late-night treats.

Now, if you get to the cupboard and realise you're out of cocoa powder, you've got another option - as long as you've got your favourite chocolate bar in the house! This simple hack shows you how easy it is to turn your favourite bar of chocolate (yes, a whole bar!) into a luxurious cup of rich hot chocolate.

Pssst! Did you know you can make hot chocolate in a slow cooker? And it's the best.

How to make hot chocolate with real chocolate

You will need:

  • Full-fat or semi-skimmed milk
  • Chocolate bar of your choice, chopped
  • Whipped cream and marshmallows for decorating


  1. Warm the milk on the hob or in the microwave
  2. Add in pieces of your chocolate bar
  3. Stir, stir, and stir again

Top tips for making hot chocolate using real chocolate

If you want to make this recipe a little safer for kids - so they can help you make it, we'd recommend swapping the stage of warming the milk on the hob to in the microwave instead. 

Once your milk is warm add the chocolate and stir. If your chocolate needs a little more help melting, pop it back into the microwave and heat it in 10-second bursts until the chocolate and milk have combined.

If you’d prefer not to use a whole chocolate bar, we’d recommend adding a couple of squares of your chocolate to the milk mixture and tasting as you go along. The more chocolate you add, the richer your hot chocolate will be.

If you fancy making some other mouth-watering chocolate recipes, try out our chocolate and banana crumble muffins, a chocolate cookie recipe, or a chocolate explosion drip cake.

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies