Spanish Hot Chocolate

filed under: Food + Drink on January 6, 2015

This cocoa is not for the faint of heart.  It is real chocolate, it is thick, it is rich, and it is amazing.  Amazing in a new and exciting way.  I had to get my head about the fact that I was not going to be drinking chocolate and sugar flavored water with crunchy mini marshmallows… I was going to be experiencing a really authentic and decadent flavor. Try my Best Hot Chocolate, too!

Spanish Hot Cocoa~ a decadent experience!

Spanish Hot Chocolate

The cocoa itself is quite remarkable with its rich velvety texture. I’m told that in Spain (I’ve never been) you can enjoy a dreamy thick rich chocolate Caliente. It is made to be thick, perfect for dipping, and to be enjoyed in small amounts. I filled my cup to the top, but traditionally, you might prefer and espresso cup. 

I also went and added some marshmallows and whipped cream because I am a sugar addict and marshmallows make me happy.


Spanish Hot Cocoa~ a decadent experience!It can be hard to show the texture of a drink, but I think you can actually see just how thick this hot chocolate is. So smooth, so creamy, so unlike a traditional American hot chocolate. It will be a shock the first time you try it, but it is definitely worth trying! And if you have been to Spain, you just might be transported back to that magical time!

Spanish Hot Cocoa~ a decadent experience!Tips for Making the Perfect Spanish Hot Chocolate

Take care when adding the cornstarch that the milk is not too hot and that it is all dissolved completely. I rushed through this step once and ended up with lumps.

I highly recommend using good quality chocolate, one with a high percentage of cacao.  I like between 60% and 71%.  You can use milk chocolate but then you may not need to add any sugar.

This is also a great dipping sauce.  I think I most equated it to a hot ganache… so cookies and biscotti were a perfect compliment.

Spanish Hot Cocoa~ a decadent experience!

I would love to try this with a homemade marshmallow and whipped cream that has little to no sugar added, as I love the texture of both but this drink doesn’t need any added sugar!

Hope you will try it!

Spanish Hot Chocolate
Prep Time
25 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This cocoa is not for the faint of heart. It is real chocolate, it is thick, it is rich, and it is amazing. 

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Spanish Hot Chocolate
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3 ounces or a little less than ½ cup good quality dark chocolate, chopped
  • cup granulated sugar
  1. Pour the milk into a medium saucepan on medium heat and add the cornstarch.
  2. Whisk to dissolve the cornstarch.
  3. Once dissolved, heat the milk on medium heat just until it just starts to boil, then remove from heat. Add the chocolate immediately and begin stirring until the chocolate is completely melted.

  4. Carefully taste the hot chocolate and if it needs sweetness, add up to 1/3 cup sugar.
  5. Place the pan back on the stove on medium low/medium heat, stirring slowly, but constantly. (Do not cook the mixture over high heat because it may cause lumping.)

  6. The mixture should thicken quickly and as soon as that happens, remove the pan from the heat so the cornstarch will not thin.

  7. Serve immediately.

Want a classic? Try my BEST HOMEMADE HOT COCOA here!

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  • Jen @ Baked by an Introvert says:

    Just look at how thick this hot cocoa is! I am so craving a warm mug right now!!

    • Amanda says:

      Warm mugs on cold days… a must! 🙂

  • Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl says:

    Omgosh – this looks incredible! I agree that it’s probably amazing as a dip and for dunking cookies or biscotti! It looks so rich and creamy. Thanks for sharing!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!

  • Allie | Baking a Moment says:

    One of my favorite treats ever! I had this for the first time on my honeymoon (in Spain) and it was a revelation!

    • Amanda says:

      Does the recipe seem right? I did so much research on these… some folks swear by corn starch, others say flour is used. Others say it has to be a special chocolate… I just went with what I had! 🙂

  • Liz @ Floating Kitchen says:

    Oh my gosh, this looks so good. It’s freezing over here and I wish I had a big mug of this. Also, I’m #eatingmyfeelings is how I get through most days! 🙂

  • Kiran @ says:

    Yummy and so comforting!

  • Rahul says:

    Hi Amanda,

    Your spanish hot chocolate is very delicious. As i am a baker i like to know different recipes of cakes. I tried this spanish hot chocolate, its really tastes awesome. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  • Kerry @ Kerry Cooks says:

    I’ve been dying to try REAL hot chocolate (I’ve never been a fan of the instant stuff) and this looks so good! Thanks for sharing Amanda

  • Melanie @ Carmel Moments says:

    I’m all about thick and rich when it comes to hot chocolate. Fabulous, girl! Mmm…
    You’re the best. You knew I needed to see chocolate right now. 🙂
    Happy Wednesday Amanda!

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says:

    Thick, rich hot chocolate is a total must these days! Nothing makes me feel better than a good dose of sugar 😉

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    Whoa!!!! now, this is hot chocolate!!! total decadence . . and I love it!!!

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says:

    I, like Allie, had this one time in Spain and it blew my socks off! This looks sooo fantastic. I feel transported back to that moment.

  • Coral Arratia says:

    With this cold weather Im drooling for a mug of it.
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  • Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says:

    Oh my goodness, this sounds amazing!

  • Zainab says:

    That’s just an amazing texture and richness!! I want to cuddle with it on the couch 🙂

  • Sarah says:

    Yum! I could drink hot cocoa all year – sometimes I even get it in June. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says:

    Love how thick and rich this is! It’s so cold here and all I want is to get cozy with a big mug of this hot chocolate!

  • Uma Winni says:

    Best for Winter season.Rich and delicious chocolate

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  • kranthi says:

    Yummy and Thanks for the recipe…..!

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  • Feances says:

    Spanish chocolates usually have “cinnamon”.

    • Srta Elena says:

      No, Mexican chocolate maybe has cinnamon but Spanish chocolate will never. Lived in both countries and Spanish ‘chocolate con churros’ was the treat that I could rarely afford; but all visitors were taken to the local Pastelería for the specialty.

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    Definitely i will try this. It really looks yummy. Thank you for sharing such good info with us.

  • Angel Henson says:

    I’m originally from Spain 🇪🇸 I have been in the US for 40 years, but the Spanish chocolate is a must in our home with my family year after year. I do use corn starch and all around Spain we used it. This is perfect recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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