Baileys hot chocolate recipe

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Baileys hot chocolate is a grown-up take on a sweet and comforting winter warmer.

baileys hot chocolate
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  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Cost RangeMid
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories418 Kcal21%
Fat20 g29%
Saturated Fat14 g70%
Carbohydrates37 g14%

Baileys hot chocolate is a grown-up take on a sweet and comforting (opens in new tab) classic. This warming wintery drink combines two of our favourite things – chocolate and an after-dinner tipple. Making your own homemade hot chocolate powder is so easy and it means you can make your own blends.

We’ve used a combination of cocoa and chocolate for a smooth, rich flavour that tastes of real chocolate. Adding cornflour to the mix allows the Baileys hot chocolate to thicken nicely, which gives it such a luxurious feel. We topped our hot choc with marshmallows, loosely whipped double cream and a good grating of chocolate for a drink that nearly doubles up as a dessert (opens in new tab) (although, no judgment here if you have a little pud too!)

This Baileys hot chocolate makes a really lovely homemade food gift (opens in new tab), too. Make up a big batch of the powder by increasing the quantities. Then simply fill jam jars with it, cover the lids with a pretty circle of fabric and tie with a ribbon and a tag explaining how to make it up into a drink with milk, for a homemade, thoughtful gift for all your favourite family and friends.


  • 565ml milk
  • 50ml Baileys

For the chocolate mix

  • ½ tbsp cornflour
  • 1tbsp icing sugar
  • 2tbsp cocoa powder
  • 25g quality dark chocolate
  • whipped double cream, marshmallows and grated chocolate, to serve




  1. Pour the milk into a saucepan and bring almost to the boil. Meanwhile, combine chocolate mix ingredients in a bowl, finely grating in the chocolate.
  2. Spoon the chocolate mix into the hot milk with the Baileys, whisking thoroughly, and allow to bubble for a few mins before serving.
  3. Top with a dollop of whipped cream, some marshmallows and a grating of chocolate.
Top Tip for making Baileys hot chocolate

Want more boozy hot chocolate inspiration? Try swapping the Baileys for rum or Disaronno!