Shivani Pathak
A warm and ambrosial cup of hot chocolate with melted marshmallows is the ultimate beverage of the holiday season and the drink that’ll best light up your mood on a chilly winter night.
We reached out to some of the best chefs and asked them their secret hot chocolate recipe. Which is that one ingredient, one technique they use that makes all the difference? Below are their answers.
Hot Chocolate
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Mulled Hot Chocolate by Rachel Goenka, CEO & Founder of the Chocolate Spoon Company
Rachel Goenka , CEO and Founder of The Chocolate Spoon Company
Rachel Goenka , CEO and Founder of The Chocolate Spoon Company
CEO & Founder Rachel Goenka’s favourite hot chocolate recipe. “This is a little naughty, sassy version of traditional hot chocolate! It definitely tastes like Christmas in a mug with the combination of mulled wine and chocolate.”
Mulled Hot Chocolate
Mulled Hot Chocolate
Callebaut Chocolate’s – Belgian chocolate sauce: 50 ml
York Cabernet Sauvignon – *Robust Red wine: 60 ml
Mulled wine: 120 ml
*The wine has to be robust to compliment the flavours of the spice added.
Add all ingredients into a mixing glass
Mix it thoroughly and put it  in an Irish coffee glass
Microwave for 20 seconds
Give it a gentle stir and  serve with a long cinnamon stick as a garnish
DIY Keto Hot Chocolate by Chef Sanjana Patel, La Folie 
Chef Sanjana Patel, La Folie
Chef Sanjana Patel, La Folie
If you think your diet won’t allow you a sip of heaven, think again! La Folie’s Chef Sanajan’s dense, creamy and velvety, dark cup of keto hot chocolate will surely warm your heart. The drink’s specialty lies in the spice of the cinnamon that warms your throat a little and a dash of vanilla that smoothens it out.   


Keto Hot Chocolate
Keto Hot Chocolate
Elle & Vire whipping cream – 60g
Water or brewed coffee – 60g
Stevia – 1g
Natural unsweetened cocoa powder – 15g
85% dark chocolate Lindt – 20g
Vanilla extract or cinnamon for spice – 2g
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Give it a gentle boil and whisk till it thickens. 
Pour in a mug – relax, sip, and enjoy!
Optional – Dust with extra cocoa or shavings of chocolate!
Hot Chocolate by Chef Pooja Dhingra, Le15 Patisserie
(Makes 2 cups)
Chef Pooja Dhingra
Chef Pooja Dhingra
Le15 Patisserie is the go-to place to savour a little bit of Paris in Mumbai. The hot chocolate recipe from the Chef is no doubt every bit heavenly!  “My favorite hot chocolate is from a patisserie called Angelina in Paris. It is my Yardstick for a good hot chocolate and this one comes pretty close,” says Chef Pooja Dhingra. 


Hot chocolate
Hot chocolate, Courtesy – Le15 Patisserie
Dark Chocolate, chopped – 150g
Milk – 125ml
Fresh Cream – 100ml
In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the fresh cream to a boil.
Once it comes to a boil, tip in the dark chocolate. Stir until it boils and the mixture is very smooth.
Pour in the milk and let it boil for just a minute more before you take the pan off flame.
Pour into mugs and top with marshmallows or whipped cream to serve.   
Kailash Kamble, Bar Operations Manager, The St. Regis Mumbai
Get that five-star cafe taste with this hot Chocolate recipe from The St. Regis’s Bar Operations Manager, Kailash Kamble. His secret to the perfect gourmet cup is to make sure you add two important ingredients- chocolate ganache and cream, which give the hot chocolate it’s unique rich flavour. “My main focus is to get the proportions right; a slight slip in measurements could affect the final product. The ultimate goal of the hot chocolate recipe is to provide the right texture and taste every time I prepare it for someone.”
Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate, Courtesy – St. Regis
Cocoa powder –  3 tbsp
Whole milk – 1.5 litres
Demerara sugar – 3 tbsp, plus extra to taste
Dark chocolate – 100g & Chocolate Ganache
Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
Single cream – 150ml
TOPPINGS: (Add according to choice)
Dark Rum, whisky, brandy, Disaronno or Baileys
Cadbury flakes
Chloe’s Hazelnut & Cocoa Wafers
Cinnamon sticks
Ground cinnamon
Chocolate chips
Mini marshmallows
Fudge chunks
Put the cocoa in a large bowl or jug and add just enough cold milk to make a smooth paste.
Bring the rest of the milk to a simmer in a separate pan and whisk it into the cocoa paste until everything is well mixed.
Then pour the mixture into the pan and add sugar, chopped chocolate, vanilla and cream. Heat it gently while stirring until everything is combined. Sweeten with extra demerara sugar to your liking.
Pour the chocolate into heatproof glasses and add toppings according to choice!
And for those of us who’d prefer drinking instant hot chocolate, here’s a list of some premium ones you can try!
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The all-new, recently launched CocoCart’s sumptuous, scrumptious, sweet and sustainable Coco Chocolatier from Scotland is available in three blends, priced at Rs1190: Classic hot Chocolate, Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, and Spicy Aztec Chilli and Cinnamon Hot Chocolate. It is available, both, at their newly launched Cococart store and bistro – CocoCafe in Fort, Mumbai.
Coco Chocolatier
Coco Chocolatier
Mason & Co
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Based out of Tamil Nadu, Mason & Co. are truly the craftsmen of chocolate. Try out their organic, vegan, gluten-free, soy free abd non-alkalised dark drinking chocolate for a cruelty-free cup of warmth.
Mason & Co
Mason & Co, Courtesy – Mason & Co Instagram
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This Bengaluru-based brand promises you yummy blends of aromatic cocoa and fine chocolates for an instant indulgent gourmet glass of hot chocolate. Priced at Rs500, pick any one or all four of their Mocha, Spiced Cinnamon, Caramel and Swiss Vanilla flavoured Hot Chocolate blends.
Cocosutra, Courtesy – Cocosutra Instagram
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