Mulled Hot Chocolate Recipe

Special hot chocolate recipe for special nights. Mulled Hot Chocolate recipe with allspice, cinnamon, orange zest and bittersweet chocolate.

A mulled drink is a hot beverage with mulling spices: cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg and sometimes anise or cardamom. It also usually includes dried fruit such as raisins, apples, cranberries or citrus rind.

Beverages usually mulled are apple cider, wine, wassail and hot chocolate. (Beer can also have mulling spices yet served cold.)

The perfect way to serve your Mulled Hot Chocolate is with a sprinkling of spices on whipped cream with a cinnamon stick.

Mulled Hot Chocolate

Special hot chocolate recipe for special nights.

  • 1 quart chocolate milk
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • ⅛ tsp ground allspice
  • ½ rind from a whole orange
  • ¼ c sugar
  • 6 oz bittersweet chocolate chunks
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  1. Using a vegetable cutter, peel the skin off an orange, without the pith. (Larger pieces are easier to remove later. But if you want to garnish with orange zest, grate some now.)

  2. Pour chocolate milk into a saucepan and bring to a simmer on medium-low heat. (It should be steaming but not boiling.)

  3. Add sugar, cinnamon sticks, allspice and orange rind. Then remove from heat and cover for 10-15 minutes. (Longer if you want more of an orange flavor.)

  4. Remove the orange peel with a slotted spoon. Reheat the mixture on medium-low heat and add chocolate chunks, stirring frequently until melted (takes about 3-5 minutes).

  5. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.

  6. Pour into individual mugs and top off with whipped cream. Sprinkles with ground spices and orange zest, if desired. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

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Mulled Hot Chocolate recipe courtesy of National Dairy Council 

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