Malty Hot Chocolate

Around a year ago now I had a devastating discovery. For a while I had been suffering with very bad stomach pains and after being fobbed off by a few doctors telling me it was either IBS or a gluten intolerance, I decided to take measures into my own hands. See, I knew it was neither of these conditions, but I just couldn’t work out for the life of me what it actually was. After months and months of trying to work out what was causing my awful tummy pains, I finally got to the bottom of it. Coffee. My all time favourite drink, my saviour in the mornings and my best friend during a bad day had turned against me, and it hurt. It hurt a lot.

For a while I turned to decaffeinated coffee to try and trick my brain into thinking it was consuming coffee. That obviously didn’t work. Instead I found myself getting rather addicted to Costa Coffee’s hot chocolate. Very good hot chocolate but quite an expensive drink to buy every day, especially when not being able to resist the additional caramel syrup, whipped cream and marshmallow options. After a while I decided that I was giving Costa far too much of my money and swapped to buying jars of powdered hot chocolate to have at home instead.

Now, I think it’s fair to say that I’m a bit of a hot chocolate snob. I know what I want in a good hot chocolate and that, believe it or not, is a taste of CHOCOLATE! Why do all the jars and tubs of hot chocolate powder taste nothing like actual chocolate?? I don’t understand it. I really don’t. After trying several different brands I did consider going straight back to Costa but then I saw a post from someone on my Twitter who had made their very own hot chocolate powder. Why had I never thought of this, I asked myself. The very next day I got straight to work on making my own perfect hot chocolate.

It took a few attempts to get the balance of flavours right but I can honestly say that it is my favourite hot chocolate ever! Super rich and chocolatey with hints of malt and cinnamon, it makes me wonder what I ever saw in coffee in the first place… who am I kidding, I miss it like crazy… but this makes me just as happy πŸ™‚

Malty Hot Chocolate


160g Ovaltine
60g good quality cocoa
200g dark chocolate (70% cocoa), finely chopped
50g granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Plus whole milk and marshmallows for serving!


  1. Put all of the ingredients into a food processor and blitz into a powder. Don’t worry if there are still little chunks of chocolate, this is fine.
  2. Heat 250ml of whole milk and 2-3 heaped tablespoons of chocolate powder per person in a large pan over a medium to high heat. Make sure to whisk every now and then to make sure the powder is well mixed. Take off the heat once it reaches a light simmer and pour into mugs.
  3. Place 3 large marshmallows on the top of each drink and leave for a few minutes to melt before enjoying the best hot chocolate of your life!
  4. *Your hot chocolate powder can be stored in a jar or an airtight container for up to two months… if it lasts that long*


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