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The Best Hot Chocolate

From “Happy Days with the Naked Chef” by Jamie Oliver
/ Source: TODAY

Serving: 2


  • 2 1/2 cups whole or 2 percent milk
  • 2 tablespoons best unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 handful of marshmallows
  • Sugar to taste


This takes around 3 or 4 minutes to make. First put the milk into a pan. Bring to a simmer-not a boil-and while it’s heating, put a tablespoon of cocoa and sugar to taste into each mug. Add a little warmish milk from the pan to each mug-you just need enough to dissolve the chocolate powder. At this point, plonk a few marshmallows into each mug. When the milk is at a simmer, carefully pour it into a plastic jug or flask. I do normally do this over a sink as I always end up spilling a bit (the trick is to have a big enough jug or flask so this milk only half fills it-you need the extra space for shaking and frothing).

Screw the lid tightly, place a cloth over the lid safety, and shake hard for a minute. Remove the lid, being careful of the steam, and pour the milk into your mugs. A little stir and you can slurp your way to heaven!


This is a great way to make the best hot chocolate, cappuccino or frothy milk drinks at home without having to buy any expensive machinery. All you need is a good-sized thermos flask or a plastic jug with a screw-top lid. I’ve made pukka Ovaltine!