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How To Make The Perfect Cup Of Christmas Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate at Christmas time is an age-old tradition and there’s nothing tastier or more comforting than this festive hug in a mug!

We love this classic recipe from household favourite Jamie Oliver. It only takes around 3 or 4 minutes to make and it’s a family winner every time!

Ingredients (Serves 2 – double the recipe the more!)

  • 565ml full cream or semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 tablespoons of good-quality drinking chocolate
  • 1 handful marshmallows
  • Sugar (optional)
  • Cream to top (optional)


  1. First, put the milk into a pan. Bring to a simmer – not a boil – and while it’s heating, put a tablespoon of choccie powder and sugar, if using, into each mug. Add a little warmish milk from the pan to each mug – you just need enough to dissolve the chocolate powder. At this point, plonk a few marshmallows into each mug. When the milk is at a simmer, carefully pour it into a plastic jug or flask. It’s recommended that you do this over a sink in case of spillage (the trick is to have a big enough jug or flask so the milk only half fills it – you need the extra space for shaking and frothing).
  1. Screw the lid on tightly, place a cloth over the lid for safety, and shake hard for a minute. Remove the lid, minding the steam, and pour the milk into your mugs.
  1. A little stir, and you can slurp your way to hot chocolate heaven! 

Optional: Add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top for that extra festive feel.