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Gingerbread Hot Chocolate - Food Gypsy

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

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  • Author: Cori Horton
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Gingerbread Hot Chocolate is made in the French style with cream, coca, and real chocolate to make it rich, thick, and completely YUMMY. A winter pick-me-up perfect for cold, wet days, to warm you from the inside out!


Units Scale
  • 1 cup light cream (half & half or 10% milk fat)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons powdered ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • dash of ground clove
  • dash white pepper
  • 1 oz dark, semi-sweet chocolate, chopped


  1. In a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan combine cocoa, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, and pepper – off the heat. Add cream and whisk well until blended. Be sure to get all the cocoa powder blend off the bottom of the pot.
  2. Place over medium-low heat and bring to a low simmer, whisking occasionally to ensure the cream does not scald.
  3. Remove from heat and add chocolate, whisking to melt. As the chocolate melts, the fat from the chocolate will rise to the top.
  4. Return to MINIMUM heat, whisking to emulsify, and allow the cocoa butter to blend with the milk fat. If left to cool a ‘skin’ will form on the top, just whisk it back into the hot chocolate over low heat to bring it back to silky smoothness.
    Allow to very, very gently simmer, on the lowest heat setting, for about 3 minutes. To check consistency: dip a clean spoon into the Gingerbread Hot Chocolate and run your finger through the film on the spoon. The clean strip should remain clean, when held horizontally, for at least 5 seconds. Serve immediately, in small cups topped with whipped cream and candied ginger (optional)


Serving suggestions: whipped cream and candied ginger or a dash of nutmeg/cinnamon.

Go on, add the whipped cream don’t be a sissy.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: North American