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Jamie Oliver’s hot chocolate recipe spiked with cinnamon

Nothing quite beats a hot chocolate on a rainy day whilst reading a book (we recommend Billy and the Giant Adventure). And who better to teach us the perfect hot chocolate recipe than chef and author Jamie Oliver.

Jamie Oliver


  • 2 pints of semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 tablespoons Horlicks
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 3 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 4 tablespoons quality cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 100g quality dark chocolate (70%)

Serves 8
Total time: 10 minutes

How to make:

1. Pour the milk into a large pan, and bring almost to the boil over a medium heat.

2. Meanwhile, to create the chocolate mix, add the rest of the ingredients to a large jar, finely grating in the chocolate, and then give it a good shake to combine.

3. You need around 10 heaped tablespoons of the chocolate mix for this amount of milk.

4. Simply spoon the chocolate mix into the hot milk, give it a good whisk and leave to bubble away for a few minutes before serving – you’re looking for that gorgeous, thick (almost claggy), knockout texture.

Nutrition: 165kcal; 6.8g fat (4.1g saturated); 6.2g protein; 21.4g carbs; 19.1g sugar; 0.4g fibre and 0.3g salt.

An illustration by Mónica Armiño from the book Billy and the Giant Adventure by Jamie Oliver. It shows the main character Billy sitting with his grandfather, drinking some hot chocolate together at home.
Illustration: Mónica Armiño for Billy and the Giant Adventure

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