Who makes the best hot chocolate?
Whether you like your cocoa silky smooth, pepped up with fragrant ginger, or frothy and milky, these are the best hot chocolates to hunker down with this winter
Want to make the perfect hot chocolate using hot chocolate powder? Read on for the best hot chocolates to make at home, and try our hot chocolate toppings ideas.
What is hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate, also known as drinking chocolate, comes as a powder, flakes or beans, and is mixed with either hot milk or hot water to produce a drink. Sugar is often added as a sweetener, and other flavourings, such as spices and fruit zest, may also be included.
Best hot chocolate flakes
Best for the family
Green and Black’s Fairtrade organic hot chocolate, £3.60 (300g), Ocado
A great option for children, the well-rounded chocolate flavour mixes with milk for a silky smooth drink. Top with whipped or squirty cream for extra indulgence.
Best luxury hot chocolate
Ultimate milk hot chocolate, £19.95 (300g), Fortnum and Mason
The high price tag means this isn't an everyday treat, but these sweet chocolate flakes are rich in flavour, and, when mixed with milk, produce an indulgent mug of smooth hot chocolate.
Best thick hot chocolate
70% Madagascan hot chocolate flakes, £9.50 (125g), Chococo
We love this high-quality chocolate, with the dark, bitter flavours that these flakes are made from. It’d be great made with cream for a thicker, champurrado-style drink.
One of the most luxurious hot chocolates on offer, this drinking chocolate from Pump Street Bakery is well worth a try. We love the silky-smooth texture and deep flavour profile of the artisan chocolate flakes.
While Whittard’s classic white hot chocolate (£16 for two, Amazon) is delicious enough on its own, take things to the next level with this crème brûlée flavour. It’s creamy and sweet but not sickly, as many white hot chocolates can be.
Best hot chocolate powders
Best instant made with water
Aero instant hot chocolate tin, £15.99 (2kg), Amazon
This instant hot chocolate powder has an impressive frothy head and sweet flavour. It’s not quite as thick as some others, but it’s easy to make at work (or on a camping trip) as it only needs hot water.
Best classic hot chocolate
Extra Special Fairtrade indulgent drinking chocolate, £2.69 (300g), Asda
This affordable option produces a luxurious drink. The decadent dark chocolate mixed with milk gives a high-quality, creamy finish. Buy this if you want a classic hot chocolate experience.
Finest indulgent drinking chocolate, £2 (250g), Tesco
If you’re after a bittersweet powdered hot chocolate, buy this bargain pot which creates a well-blended drink with a prominent cocoa flavour and smooth mouthfeel.
Best spiced hot chocolate
Divine Fairtrade spiced hot chocolate, £11.99 (300g), Amazon
This festive hot chocolate has a silky-smooth texture and fragrant hints of stem ginger and orange. It would be great spiked with a tot of spiced rum.
Best hot chocolate beads
With bitter dark chocolate notes, this rich hot chocolate has a smooth mouthfeel and creamy texture. Try pepping it up with a pinch of dried chilli flakes for a grown-up twist.
Other hot chocolates we tried
Sloane's Ravishing Rich Dark 57% hot chocolate, £10 (400g), Sloane's Hot Chocolate
Bettys hot chocolate caddy, £12 (250g), Bettys
Charbonnel & Walker Original Chocolate Drink , £5 (300g), Waitrose
Galaxy instant hot chocolate, £6.74 (200g), Amazon
Cadbury original drinking chocolate, £2 (250g), Ocado
Clipper Fairtrade instant hot chocolate, £3.15 (350g), Ocado
Paul A. Young Aztec hot chocolate, £11.50 (255g), Paul A. Young
If you want to make your own from scratch, try our luxury hot chocolate with mix 'n' match toppings