Making a cup of thick old-fashioned hot chocolate [the healthy way]

In the middle of a cold winter, there is nothing more welcome that a cup of hot chocolate.  The old fashioned thick chocolate you usually find served in smaller cups around the Continent is ideal to give a sense of warmth and satisfy the longing for comfort food and sweet cravings that the cold weather usually brings with it.


‘And there is a way to achieve that luscious thickness and keep a fairly healthy luxurious hot chocolate at the same time.   I would say this recipe makes a rich and creamy hot chocolate without the addition of cream and it is delicious’

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70% chocolate has a higher content of cocoa and this makes it rich and not too sweet, although neither is it too strong or intense.  Standard chocolate bars of dark chocolate contain around 45% cocoa.  Cocoa particles absorb more liquid so with a higher content of cacao in a chocolate bar, you usually need to increase the water slightly in a recipe that uses standard dark chocolate


For a healthier thick dark hot chocolate, you will need:

100g dark chocolate 70% [Novi Nero Nero]
250ml milk [any type of milk of your choice and this recipe is very delicious using a nut milk]
1 tablespoon cornflour mixed with two tablespoons milk from the allocated milk in the recipe
1 tablespoon agave
[optional vanilla, cinnamon]

You can vary flavours by adding what takes your fancy such as :

  • a touch of instant coffee for a mocha flavour
  • vanilla
  • a shot of your favourite liquor
  • cinnamon or nutmeg or cloves


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Novi Chocolate is imported, distributed and marketed by M&Z (Marketing) Ltd and is available in all leading supermarkets and stores.

From a series of door knockers by Mario Mifsud
From a series of door knockers by Mario Mifsud

For more recipes using Novi chocolate:

Carrot, Oat and Chocolate Bars

Sicilian Cuccidati Cookies

Orange Almond Chocolate Gluten Free Cakes

Maltese Easter Vegan Figolli


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