TraditionalFlanders Hot Chocolate Recipe

Looking for a rich, decadent hot chocolate recipe that will warm you up on cold winter nights? This Flanders Hot Chocolate is the ultimate indulgent treat that chocolate lovers dream about. Originating from the Flanders region of Belgium, this thick, creamy hot chocolate is like liquid velvet in a cup.

Made with high-quality dark chocolate, milk or cream, and just a touch of sugar, this hot chocolate is intensely chocolatey without being overly sweet. The bittersweet dark chocolate provides a complex, robust cocoa flavor that sings against the backdrop of warm, velvety milk.

Unlike Swiss or French styles of hot chocolate that use chocolate mainly for color, texture, and sweetness, the Belgian Flanders style highlights chocolate as the star of the show. This hot chocolate recipe sticks to the traditional Flanders preparation, steeping chopped chocolate in heated dairy for an ultra-rich, smooth sip.

The result is a mug of hot chocolate so thick it’s practically a chocolate pudding that you can drink! Topped with a billowing cloud of whipped cream and chocolate shavings, this Flanders hot chocolate is ultimate chocolate decadence in a cup. It’s a chocolate lover’s dream come true!

Flanders Hot Chocolate Recipe
Flanders Hot Chocolate Recipe

How to Make Flanders Hot Chocolate Recipe?

Prepare Time: 5 minutes.
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serving Size: 2 servings


For the Hot Chocolate:

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt

For the Toppings:

  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate shavings or cocoa powder

Step-by-Step Directions:

1. Prepare the Chocolate Base: In a saucepan, combine the whole milk and heavy cream. Place the saucepan over medium heat and heat the mixture until it’s hot but not boiling, stirring occasionally.

2. Add the Chocolate and Cocoa: Once the milk and cream are heated, reduce the heat to low. Add the semi-sweet chocolate chips and cocoa powder to the saucepan. Stir gently until the chocolate chips are completely melted and the cocoa powder is well incorporated.

3. Sweeten and Flavor: Stir in the granulated sugar, adjusting the amount to your desired level of sweetness. Add the ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Mix well to combine all the flavors.

4. Simmer and Blend: Allow the mixture to simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. This helps the flavors meld together and the hot chocolate to thicken slightly.

5. Serve: Once the hot chocolate is heated through and well-flavored, carefully pour it into your favorite mugs.

6. Add Toppings: Top each mug with a generous dollop of whipped cream. You can use a spoon to gently spread it over the surface.

7. Final Touches: For an extra touch of decadence, sprinkle chocolate shavings or a dash of cocoa powder over the whipped cream.

8. Enjoy: Serve your Flanders hot chocolate while it’s still warm. Sip slowly and savor every delightful, velvety sip.

10 Serving Ideas For Flanders Hot Chocolate Recipe:

1. You can use some homemade vanilla ice cream to decorate or add a topping for your cup of Flanders hot chocolate.

2. You can use rum or whisky instead of the cocoa powder, and add some cinnamon powder if you want.

3. You can melt some marshmallows and put them on top of the cup before serving them.

4. Add some caramel to make it into a delicious dessert.

5. You can add some popcorn and mix it in your hot chocolate on a cold winter night.

6. If you want to put it into your cup, add some mashed potatoes (with butter added) before serving it.

7. You can put whipped cream on top of the hot chocolate to make it more special or add a piece of chocolate pie and mix them to create a special dessert.

8. Dip some fruit into the cup or use some fresh mint before serving it for some extra flavor or taste.

9. Add some hints of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, or clove to the hot chocolate for a spicy taste.

10. You can put some flavors of your choice (such as lemon) in it for extra taste and flavor.

What is the origin of Flanders Hot Chocolate Recipe?

Although the exact origin is unknown, this hot chocolate recipe has been around for centuries. It has been passed down from the French and Flemish people to the Dutch, German, and British people.

These variations of cocoa drinks were popular in Flanders during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The people used it for special occasions such as anniversaries, weddings, and birthdays, basically as a way to celebrate their loved ones or family members. The drink was usually served in cream-colored cups as a special treat or a way to bring out the cocoa taste.

What are the Health Benefits?

If you drink some Flanders Hot Chocolate Recipe, then it will not only make your taste buds delighted but also your health. It has the following benefits:

• It is rich in calcium.

The cocoa powder adds a lot of calcium to the drink, which is healthy for you.

• It is rich in potassium.  

It will give your body extra energy if you have a weak heart or other health problems that require extra potassium.

• It is rich in magnesium.  

Massaging your feet and staying regular on your foot care routine are good sources of magnesium. Drinking this hot chocolate can be a part of it.


Making Flanders Hot Chocolate Recipe is easy to start making hot chocolate at home. You can make it with the family in no time or even with a group of friends during a special occasion such as; your birthday, Christmas, or other holiday celebration.

Can I Stor this?

You can store the Flanders Hot Chocolate Recipe in the fridge for up to two weeks. However, you should use it as soon as possible because it has milk and can go sour if left for too long. Make sure to put some sugar in your hot chocolate before storing it in the fridge. 

One last thing to note, since the milk is not heated to very high temperatures, you do not have to worry about bacterial growth if it is stored in the fridge. If you are making a large batch of hot chocolate and want to freeze it for later use, use a recipe that calls for milk that is heated up at higher temperatures (such as adding an extra tablespoon of cocoa powder) so that you do not need to worry about bacterial growth.

How to Prevent a Hot Chocolate from Becoming Soggy?

You will only need a few things to prevent your hot chocolate from becoming soggy:

1. Use glass or stainless steel cups.  

They are made of ceramic; they can break if too many hot drinks are poured into them very quickly (which is why it is better to use other vessels). It is best to store the cocoa drinks in glass cups or stainless steel when storing them.

2. Make sure that the cup is cool.

If the hot chocolate cannot hold its form because it was made with a non-heated milk product, it can also become soggy over time. To prevent this, store your cocoa drink in a cooler place and not let it warm up too much.

3. Add sugar or cocoa powder to your hot chocolate.

Add some sugar or cocoa powder to the hot chocolate before serving it for extra flavor.

4. Make sure to add whip cream to your drink before serving it to prevent it from becoming soggy.

5. If you want more flavor and sweetness, you can add whipped cream on top of the hot chocolate before serving it.

6. Add a bit of cinnamon to the hot chocolate for more flavor and sweetness.


A Flanders Hot Chocolate Recipe is a creamy chocolate drink passed down from ancient times. This hot, creamy chocolate drink is rich in calcium, potassium, and magnesium and can give you more energy or strengthen your heart and other internal organs.

You can also use it to make a special treat for your family or friends during a special occasion such as; birthday parties, anniversary gatherings, wedding receptions, or any other holiday celebration.

Please comment below if you have any questions or comments about the Flanders Hot Chocolate recipe.