2 Hot chocolates with marshmallows
Photography/Emma Lee

Epic Malted Hot Chocolate Recipe

Gizzi Erskine pimps up her hot chocolate with malt powder, vanilla, clementine zest and cinnamon. Yum!


An easy recipe that you will be able to whip up in just 10 minutes.


  • 2 tablespoons Malted milk drinking powder (I use Horlicks)
  • 1 tablespoon Cocoa powder
  • 5 tablespoons Milk or dark chocolate (depending on how rich you like it – I’m a child, so I go for milk), grated, or cooking buttons
  • ½ teaspoon Cornflour
  • A pinch Sea salt flakes
  • A pinch Ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Seeded vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon Finely grated clementine zest (about 2 clementines’ worth)
  • 600ml (20fl oz) Whole milk
  • To Serve: -
  • - Mini marshmallows
  • - More grated chocolate


  1. Melt everything together in a small pan until it starts to thicken.
  2. Once heated to boiling point it will thicken slightly from the cornflour.
  3. Pour into 2 mugs, and top with as many marshmallows as will fit, plus more grated chocolate.
  4. Serve immediately.

How to cheat...

Batch it up

This is a really easy one to make before your guests arrive and keep warm on a low heat. Just make sure you stir it occasionally to stop it sticking.

Ping Ping

To make this hot chocolate in super fast time then why not microwave the ingredients to melt them together. Just make sure you pause to stir them together every minute or two.


How to show off...

Christmas spirit

Why not add a measure of favourite spirit. Whisky, rum and bourbon all work well. We love to add peppermint liqueur to give it a candy cane kick.

Flaming fun

Nothing tastes better in a mug of hot cocoa than a toasted marshmallow. If like normal people you don’t have a cooks blowtorch then you can either (carefully) use a gas hob or open fire to lightly flame them. Delish!

Need to know..

Here are things you have been asking...answered by team cuirl.

What is malted milk drinking powder?

Malted milk powder is a mixture of malted barley, wheat flour, evapourated whole milk and sugar.

What if I can’t find clementines?

Oranges or mandarins will do just as well.


What food would go well with this drink?

Why not try Gizzi Erskine’s hot apple cider fritters dusted in cinnamon sugar.



Where is this recipe from?

Gizzi’s Season’s Eatings by Gizzi Erskine is published by Mitchell Beazley, £15.


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