Chef's Choice

Chef´s Choice – Winter Warmers (Hot Chocolate) – Part 2

by Ralph Kratzer

After our successful mini-series about soups as winter warmers, published over the last weeks, we continue now with recipes for people who like it sweet – Hot Chocolate!

I remember, as a child I loved the hot chocolate my grandma prepared, but compared to the recipes I will show you now her making was more the simple way to do it…

These recipes sometimes seem to be a little strange and difficult, but for experienced home cooks they are surely not a problem!

Remember Hot Chocolate Part 1 – click here!

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

Are you in the Christmas spirit yet? If not, this will do the trick. Gingerbread Hot Cocoa is like drinking a chocolate gingerbread cookie! It’s Christmas in a cup if I ever saw one.

Serves: Makes 4 hot cocoas

Hot Chocolate_4Ingredients

4 cups milk
½ cup cocoa powder
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup white sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon sea salt
whipped cream for topping


In a medium saucepan over low heat, heat milk. While warming the milk, combine the cocoa powder, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, allspice and ginger in a small bowl. Whisk into the milk until hot. Serve with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.

2-Ingredient Nutella Hot Chocolate


I can’t believe I didn’t think of this before.  But it is quite possibly the most heavenly hot chocolate I have ever made, and will be making again soon.

You should too.  🙂

Hot Chocolate_5Ingredients

2 Tbsp. Nutella
1 cup milk (any kind)
optional toppings: whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate syrup, chocolate shavings


Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until steaming (not boiling), stirring occasionally.
Add in the Nutella, and whisk until dissolved.
Serve immediately, either plain or with your desired toppings.