A cup of warm hot chocolate is one of the most comforting and delicious treats you can enjoy, but have you ever stopped to consider how it is served around the world? We took a look at some of the best hot chocolate recipes from around the world and have shared them below for you to try!
Famous Belgian Hot Chocolate
Belgium is famous for its creamy, delicious chocolate, with chocolate being one of the biggest exports from the country. You can recreate this luxury hot chocolate which is also hugely popular in the county, with a mix of chocolate flakes and creamy whole milk that has been warmed through. The key to success with this drink is to use dark or milk chocolate, a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, and never let the milk boil.
American Hot Chocolate Treats
Hot chocolate is really popular in America, with many people enjoying it from a young age and topping it with a huge variety of sweet treats including marshmallows, chocolate chips, and coated candies.
However, the standard recipe is to mix cocoa powder with sugar and milk before warming it up to dissolve and combine and then serving it with a big swirled of whipped cream. Many people also add other flavours to this drink to match the festive calendar, making it a fun and exciting drink to enjoy. Like Spanish Hot Chocolate it is very tarty and popular as well.
Traditional Chinese Chocolate Drink
Asian cuisine is often much different than what is on offer in Western culture and hot chocolate is no different. The main ingredients include cream cheese, salt and cocoa powder as well as cream, milk and ice. The cheese, milk and cream get whipped together and is then used to top the ices hot chocolate drink made from sugar, water and cocoa. The result? A frothy, chilled beverage that tastes ridiculously creamy!
Ghanaian Hot Chocolate for Adults
Cocoa is a huge export in Ghana and the Ghanaian people enjoy it as part of their diet and their culture. However, in Ghana, the best hot chocolate is mixed with spiced rum for an adult drink that everyone will love.
Start with dark chocolate, brown sugar, milk, and honey and heat until it is all combined. Then add in your spiced rum along with cinnamon and vanilla and heat until the perfect temperature is reached. This drink will make you smile and warm you up when the cold winter evenings hit.
Decadent French Hot Chocolate
We all know that hot chocolate is an essential part of a French breakfast as french pastries get dipped in it before being eaten. The recipe for this hot chocolate is high quality chocolate that is heated and milked with cream and milk to create a thick and ganache-like texture. Once you’ve experienced true French hot chocolate, you won’t be able to have a croissant or pain au chocolat without it ever again!
Spiced Indian Hot Chocolate
When you think about Indian cuisine, spices form the biggest part of what you expect to see and this is no different for Indian hot chocolate. Chocolate chips are warmed with milk to melt and combine and then spices such as cardamom, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon are added into the mix to create a drink that smells as good as it tastes. It’s typically served with sweet treats when visitors come over or when families gather for events and celebrations.
Paprika Spiced Hungarian Hot Chocolate
Hot chocolate is a popular drink across Europe and in Hungary is it often spiced with pepper and paprika to create a warming, sweet and savoury drink. The base of the drink is made with milk chocolate, milk and cloves before being spiced and then frothed before being served. This drink is often made for enjoying after dinner or in the cold evenings and tastes fantastic serviced with cream.
Mexican Spicy Hot Chocolate
Mayan hot chocolate was the first type of hot chocolate ever made and has evolved into a drink that Mexican people still enjoy today. This recipe calls for quality Mexican chocolate, mixed with chilli, spices, milk and cream and results in a robust and warming drink that tastes amazing. Many people worry that the chilli will make it too spicy for them to enjoy but it actually works to enhance the flavour of the chocolate, leaving a rich flavour lingering long after you’ve finished the drink.
Rich Italian Hot Chocolate
Italy is the food capital of the world and so their hot chocolate has to be great too, right? Yes! Thick cream is warmed and combined with the finest dark chocolate on offer to create a yummy drink but before it is served it get thickened with cornflour so that it can be eaten with a spoon, used to dip pastries or sipped on. Before it is served, many people mix their favourite liqueur to it and then finish it off with whipped cream – beware, this drink is so rich that one cup will be more than enough!
Cheesy Colombian Hot Chocolate
You may find the idea of mixing savoury cheese with sweet chocolate a bit strange but if you go to Columbia, this is what you can expect from your hot chocolate. Mild cubes of cheese are dropped into a steaming cup of hot, sweetened cocoa. As the cheese melts, it creates a thick and stringy drink that combines both sweet and salty tastes for your enjoyment. Don’t like the sound of it? You’ll be shocked just how good it tastes when you give it a go.
Enjoy Your Favourite Hot Chocolate Recipe Today
With so many different luxury hot chocolate recipes, you are spoiled for choice but are sure to find something that suits your individual taste requirements! Take a moment to think about your typical cup of hot chocolate and decide whether it is time to try something new from the list above or stick to what you know – either way, you’re sure to enjoy sipping on your next cup of hot chocolate.