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Irish Hot Chocolate Recipe


Irish Hot Chocolate

This recipe comes from Adelaide Mueller, our recipe tester for In the Small Kitchen. It's a "bad boy" hot chocolate, ideal for chocoholics and those who like a little something extra in their hot drink. The chopped white chocolate adds a whole other level of goodness (or badness).


For the hot chocolate:

  • 4 cups whole milk
  • ¼ cup Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 ounces white chocolate, preferably Toblerone, chopped, for garnish

For the chocolate whipped cream:

  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tablespoon confectioners’ sugar


For the hot chocolate:

In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the milk, Bailey’s, and vanilla extract.

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a bowl until combined. Whisk into the milk until there are no more visible lumps.

Allow the hot chocolate to simmer, but not boil, for 5 minutes.

Chop up the white chocolate and set aside.

For the chocolate whipped cream:

Use a hand-held mixer (or a whisk) to whisk the heavy cream, cocoa powder, and confectioners’ sugar. Whisk until the cream has stiff peaks, about 2–3 minutes. Set aside until ready to use (this can be made in advance).

To serve, ladle hot chocolate into each mug, stopping when the mug is ¾ of the way full. Generously spoon the whipped cream into each mug. Top with the chopped white chocolate and serve immediately.