It’s a Dark Secret: Belgian Hot Chocolate Recipe

There’s no place like home for the holidays. And at my home, that meant the kitchen. We have always been a kitchen family. We didn’t need a family room or living room, den or finished basement. We always gathered around the table. Looking back, each home I lived in featured overly large kitchens.

Cooking was communal. Family time. At the holidays even more so, as extended family and friends were there, sharing stories, recipes and cooking, then the feasting.  While the main course was being prepared – an all-day project mind you – we snacked and drank.  What you drank depended on your age.

Parents – hot toddies. Kids – hot chocolate.

My mom loved dark and bittersweet chocolate. So, being her children, we did too (there wasn’t another option, she did the shopping). When she made us hot chocolate it was rich, creamy and bittersweet, then topped with whipped cream (nary a marshmallow to be found in our home). To this day, I’ve never understood why the parents didn’t share in the delicious joy this drink brought us.

With that said, I’d like to share this holiday treat with you and your family.

Belgian Hot Chocolate
serves 4-6 | hands-on time: 15min | total time: 15min


  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 8oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4oz milk chocolate, finely chopped
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • whipped cream


  1. Warm about one-third of the milk, chopped chocolates and salt. Stir until the chocolate is melted.
  2. Add remaining milk and cinnamon.
  3. Whisk or blend until mixture is warm and completely smooth.
  4. Serve very warm with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

Tip: This delicious concoction is best served in one of our festive holiday mugs!

– P.J. Butland