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

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, marshmallows or sprinkled with hundred and thousands, a 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.

All you have to do with this how to make a hot chocolate recipe is warm some milk on the hob or in the microwave and add in pieces of your chocolate bar.

Stir, stir and stir again and you’ve got yourself one mouth-watering mug of silky, classic hot chocolate. You want the mixture to be a liquid texture, rather than chocolate you can eat, so add more milk in if needed.

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.

TOP TIP: 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 in 10 seconds bursts until the chocolate and milk has combined.

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

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at and has over 10 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the best food hampers to cookbooks, from the best cake stands to kitchen appliances, Jessica has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to must-have food products. A passionate baker, she spends some of her time creating celebration cakes for friends and family including her two lucky children.