A favourite of mine during Winter has always been Black Forest Hot Chocolate from Costa Coffee. Sadly, they only sell it during Winter – and it’s pretty expensive. So we set about creating a Costa Style Black Forest Hot Chocolate recipe. Read on for the recipe.
For my birthday last year, DaddyGeek did some digging to find a recipe, and source the ingredients, to make our own at home. After some refinements and experiments, we now have ‘the perfect recipe’ (in my opinion!) This has become a firm favourite at home, and something we both enjoy most evenings.
For This Black Forest Hot Chocolate Recipe, you will need;
- 250ml Hot (But not quite boiling) Milk. We use skimmed, but any is fine.
- 2 Heaped Teaspoons of Cocoa. (Do NOT use Drinking Chocolate – it’s not the same!)
- 2 Teaspoons of Sugar (according to taste).
- 3 squirts of Blackberry Syrup (30ml). – This is where most people go wrong. Trust me, blackberry syrup is what they use – not Black Forest!
- Generous amount of Squirty Cream.
- Cherry Sauce Drizzled on top (10ml).
- Chocolate Sauce Drizzled on top (optional).
The above measurements are based on an average sized mug – I have used 16oz Mugs (the large Starbucks ‘Venti’ style) in most of the below photos, which calls for double the above measurements. The final photo is made using the above measurements though.
Heat the milk for 90 seconds in a 900w microwave.
While that is heating, add the cocoa (1), sugar (2) and blackberry syrup (3) to the mug.
When the microwave pings, add a splash of the milk to the mug and return the jug to the microwave to finish heating. (Another 90 seconds is perfect for skimmed milk. However, it’ll need less time if you’re using semi skimmed or whole milk, so keep an eye on it).
Next, mix the cocoa, sugar and blackberry syrup with the added milk to form a thick ‘paste’ (4). It should be smooth, but not clumped together. If it does clump, add some more milk. You’re looking for a consistency that matches that of a McDonalds chocolate milkshake.
Once the milk is ready, add half of it to the mug and stir well (5), then add the rest of the milk and stir again (6). If you have a milk frother or a small whisk, that’ll help you get even more bubbles into your drink. I used a cheap milk frother to get to the consistency pictured above – right.
Next, add a generous amount of squirty cream according to personal preference. Drizzle the cherry syrup to the top of this, spreading it out like you would on ice cream. Add the chocolate sauce, if required, and your Black Forest Hot Chocolate is now ready to enjoy.
I personally prefer my Black Forest Hot Chocolate without the chocolate sauce, as I find it a little sickly with it. The great thing about making your own is that you can decide how much (or little) of everything to add. Finally, let me know what you think in the comments if you make this Black Forest Hot Chocolate recipe!