Tips To Crafting Café-Quality Hot Chocolate In Your Kitchen
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Winter season is here and how we make this season a special one depends upon us. One of the multiple ways is to stay cozy under the blanket and sipping hot chocolate. The thick and creamy texture is quite drooling, and we often search for this beverage in cafes and restaurants.  

This delightful concoction typically consists of rich, velvety cocoa, sweetened to perfection and blended with steaming milk. Topped with a dollop of whipped cream or a sprinkle of cinnamon, hot chocolate transforms into a decadent experience, awakening the senses with its luscious aroma and creamy texture. This overall texture is easily found in the hot chocolates of cafes and restaurants. 

When we try our best to replicate the hot chocolate we get in restaurants and cafes at our home, we might fail to achieve its perfection. It may either lack the rich flavour of chocolate or doesn’t turn out to be properly thick. If you have been skipping making hot chocolate at home and urge us to visit the nearest café and restaurant, fret not! 

We are here to solve this problem. In this article, we’ll share some of the tips that will help you to make perfect thick and creamy hot chocolate. Take a look at the tips:  

  • Keep Full-Fat Milk Handy  

When you’re making hot chocolate, it is advisable to use full-fat milk than any other variety. The presence of higher fat content in the full-fat milk contributes to a thicker texture. Besides, full-fat milk also lends hot chocolate a smooth and velvety texture, just like the ones you get in cafes and restaurants.  

  • Thoroughly Check The Chocolate Quality  

The quality of chocolate that goes in the hot chocolate plays a major role. It is considered the key ingredient, and you must purchase the best from the market. It is advisable to opt for high-quality dark chocolate or one that has cocoa content. The higher the cocoa content in the hot chocolate, the thicker and creamier it will become.  

  • Add Whipped Cream  

Whipped cream acts magic on anything to make it taste better. So, why miss out on adding a dollop of whipped cream to your hot chocolate as well? The whipped cream will not only add flavour to it but also add more thickness to it. You can either mix it with chocolate and milk or add it at the end as a topping. It’s totally up to you, how you wish to add.  

  • Use Condensed Milk Instead Of Sugar  

Most of us use sugar while making hot chocolate. Although it is a convenient option, try swapping sugar with condensed milk. Sugar is dry, but condensed milk helps thicken the hot chocolate and helps achieve a smooth consistency. Besides, it imparts a distinct taste to it.  

  • Allow It To Simmer  

One of the ways to achieve a perfect hot chocolate is to allow it to simmer well. If you hurry up with the process and bring it to a boil quickly, it won’t turn out as thick as you want. Simmering ensures that everything is well combined and results in a perfect thick texture. It may take a few extra minutes, but it will be worth it.  

Hot Chocolate Recipe 

Here’s how you can make hot chocolate at home:  


  • 2 cups full-fat milk  
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder  
  • 2-3 tablespoons condensed milk  
  • 1/4 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped  
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract  
  • Pinch of salt  
  • Whipped cream for garnish  


  • In a saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat. Heat it until it's warm, but not boiling.  
  • In a small bowl, mix the cocoa powder with a few tablespoons of the warm milk to create a smooth paste. This helps prevent lumps in your hot chocolate.  
  • Whisk the cocoa paste into the warm milk, ensuring it's well combined.  
  • Add the chopped chocolate to the milk mixture. Stir continuously until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.  
  • Add condensed milk, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Adjust the sweetness to your liking. Continue to stir until all ingredients are well incorporated.  
  • If you want a thicker hot chocolate, let it simmer for a few minutes while stirring continuously. Be careful not to let it boil.  

Pour the hot chocolate into mugs and, if desired, top with whipped cream.