Drinking Chocolate

Drinking Chocolate

For thousands of years, drinking chocolate was the only way to consume chocolate.  And it was dark chocolate, too.  No milk.  We now think of chocolate as something to eat, but drinking our chocolate is still extremely popular.

What does it really mean to drink dark chocolate?  If you start with dark chocolate, but then add it to milk, do you still have dark chocolate?  Well, I enjoy a good hot chocolate milk drink as much as the next guy, so I'll leave this question unanswered.  Many of the products contain cream or milk.  Check the ingredients.  If there is no cream or milk, and if you use water, then we can at least say that your drink is not milk chocolate.

Already Made

A few manufacturers have already done all the work for you.  Pour the chocolate, heat it up, and you're done.  You can probably find "chocolate milk" at your grocery store on one end, and you can find already made dark chocolate drink from bigger name chocolate makers, such as this Celaya Hot Chocolate by Valrhona.

Add Pre-Mixed Powder to Liquid

Amedei Hot Chocolate

This is the way most of us are probably used to making our own drinking chocolate:  by adding the contents of an individual serving size packet, or by spooning a measured amount of pre-mixed powder into hot liquid, usually milk or water.  My wife likes to add pre-mixed powder to her coffee.  Here are a some of your options for pre-mixed powders.

Pre-Mixed Powders With Extra Ingredients

And sometimes the powder has one or more ingredients in addition to the chocolate, like coffee, cinnamon, or other spices.  Like these.

Superior Selection Drinking Chocolate

Add Cocoa and Other Ingredients to Liquid

If you start by adding one of these cocoa powders to your hot liquid, you'll need something more.  Minimally, you'll need a sweetener, like sugar.  This form of dark chocolate is also often used in baking.

Melting Sticks

One form you may see for melting dark chocolate into a liquid is the "melting stick", which generally has a single serving in solid form on the end of a stick.  Stir the solid chocolate around in the hot liquid with the stick until the chocolate is melted, and the drink is ready.  Here are some examples.

Valor Hot Chocolate a la Taza

Melt Dark Chocolate in Liquid

Some dark chocolate bars are made to be broken up and melted in your hot drink.  Or sometimes this kind of dark chocolate comes in chocolate chip or flake form.  Often these forms of dark chocolate can also be used in baking.  Look at some of these.

Crio Bru Brewed Cocoa

Brewed Chocolate

For a completely different kind of drinking chocolate experience, but one which may be somewhat familiar to those who drink coffee, you can now find ground and roasted cocoa beans that brew just like coffee! This can be prepared any way that traditional coffee is prepared.  You can even mix the ground cocoa with ground coffee to make your own blend.

Have a look at this brewed cocoa from Crio Bru.


Already Made


Valrhona Celaya Hot Chocolate

Valrhona Celaya Hot Chocolate

If you are in the majority and prefer your hot chocolate to be sweet then this is the drinking chocolate for you, with just 50% cocoa content and so without any bitterness. Valrhona has even created this as a ready-made hot chocolate. Simply pour from the Tetra style pack into a cup or saucepan and heat in the microwave or on the stove.

1000g, £8.95

Shipping:  Ships to US and Canada.  Ships to UK and many European and other International addresses.  Hot Weather:  Advise against chocolate deliveries to warmer countries, or when temperatures will be above 20 degrees centigrade (68 degrees Fahrenheit).


Add Pre-Mixed Powder to Liquid


Bodega Chocolates Cocoa Latte Drink Mix

Bodega Chocolates Cocoa Latte Drink Mix

For a creamy, smooth, and delicious Cocoa Latte ice blended or hot chocolate Drink.

14 oz package, $12.00

Shipping:  Ships to many locations in North and South America, and Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  Special arrangements for other destinations may be possible.



Choclatique Dark Chocolate Drinking Mix

Choclatique Dark Chocolate Drinking Mix

A blend of award-winning crushed dark chocolate and select cocoa powders for preparing rich, hot (and cold) chocolate beverages.

15 oz package, $10.00

Shipping:  Ships to many locations in North and South America, and Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  Special arrangements for other destinations may be possible.



Carter's Drinking Chocolate

Carter's Chocolates Drinking Chocolate

A rich, flavorful but not overpowering mix.  Each package contains three one quart drink packets and a cinnamon stick.

18 oz package, $12.50

Shipping:  Ships to many locations in North and South America, and Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  Special arrangements for other destinations may be possible.



Payard's Hot Chocolate

Payard's Hot Chocolate

Gourmet Drinking Chocolate from Payard.

8.96 oz package, $15.00

Shipping:  Ships to many locations in North and South America, and Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  Special arrangements for other destinations may be possible.



Oliver Kita Organic Hot Chocolate Mix

Oliver Kita Organic Hot Chocolate Mix

A secret hot chocolate concoction made with luxury organic cocoa and shredded chocolate for an amazingly rich treat. Directions for the perfect cup of hot chocolate are included.  Organic, Vegan.

16 oz package, $16.00

Shipping:  Ships to many locations in North and South America, and Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  Special arrangements for other destinations may be possible.



Chokola'j Organic Hot Chocolate

Chokola'j Organic Hot Chocolate

Sustainably harvested 55% dark chocolate and real vanilla beans.  Organic.

12 oz package, $15.00

Shipping:  Ships to many locations in North and South America, and Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  Special arrangements for other destinations may be possible.



Chocolate Box Hot Chocolate Mix

Chocolate Box Hot Chocolate Mix

This decadent hot chocolate mix is made of ground dark chocolate.  The custom-blended mix comes in a handsome silver tin, perfect for gift giving.

7 oz tin, $11.00

13 oz tin, $20.50

Shipping:  Ships to many locations in North and South America, and Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  Special arrangements for other destinations may be possible.



Amalia Low Fat Hot Chocolate a la Taza

Amalia Low Fat Hot Chocolate a la Taza

Rich & Creamy Spanish Hot Cocoa - without all the fat.  Easy to make.  Pairs well with your favorite Spanish pastry.

13.5 oz (380g) bag, $5.95

Shipping:  Ships to US and Canada.



Cola Cao Original Dark Chocolate Drink Mix

Cola Cao Original Dark Chocolate Drink Mix

This is the original recipe of Cola Cao as it is sold in Spain. The extra large jar size makes 24 servings.

15 oz (425g), $11.95

Shipping:  Ships to US and Canada.



Amedei Hot Chocolate

Amedei Hot Chocolate

This superior quality, flaked hot chocolate is created from 63% cocoa with the addition of ground hazelnuts and almonds, making this a truly flavorsome hot chocolate.

250g, £12.99

Shipping:  Ships to US and Canada.  Ships to UK and many European and other International addresses.  Hot Weather:  Advise against chocolate deliveries to warmer countries, or when temperatures will be above 20 degrees centigrade (68 degrees Fahrenheit).



Divine Drinking Chocolate

Divine Drinking Chocolate

For a cup of chocolate heaven, just whisk the chocolate powder up with hot milk, bringing pure pleasure to be enjoyed anytime.  Fair Trade.

500g tub, £3.50, or
Case of 6 tubs, £18.50

Shipping:  Ships to UK, and many worldwide addresses.



Cafe Direct San Cristobal Drinking Chocolate

Cafe Direct San Cristobal Drinking Chocolate

The cocoa for this smooth, rich and creamy drinking chocolate comes from San Cristobal, a small town in the Dominican Republic. With 40% of the purest, quality cocoa solids (one of the highest cocoa contents on the market), this drinking chocolate has a richness you can really taste.  Fair Trade.

250g tub, £2.49, or Case of 6 tubs, £12.95

1000g tub, £7.35

Shipping:  Ships to UK, and many other worldwide addresses.



Clipper Organic Drinking Chocolate

Clipper Organic Drinking Chocolate

The cocoa for this smooth, rich and creamy drinking chocolate comes from San Cristobal, a small town in the Dominican Republic. With 40% of the purest, quality cocoa solids (one of the highest cocoa contents on the market), this drinking chocolate has a richness you can really taste.  Organic, Fair Trade.

250g tub, £2.49, or Case of 6 tubs, £14.19

Shipping:  Ships to UK, and many worldwide addresses.



Green and Blacks Organic Hot Chocolate Drink

Green and Black's Organic Hot Chocolate Drink

This is a hot chocolate like no other, wonderfully creamy and decadently chocolatey! Perfect to finish off a stressful day, or for a moment of pure indulgence.  Organic.

300g jar, £3.25, or Case of 6 jars, £18.53

Shipping:  Ships to UK, and many worldwide addresses.



Clipper Organic Instant Hot Chocolate

Clipper Organic Instant Hot Chocolate

Clipper Organic Hot Chocolate elevates drinking chocolate to the height of pure luxury. Chocolate lovers will adore the incredibly rich, velvety and smooth chocolate experience.  Organic, Fair Trade.

Case of 20 individual 28g servings, £12.35

400g jar, £3.39, or Case of 6 jars, £19.32

1 Kg tin, £3.39, or Case of 4 tins, £32.26

Shipping:  Ships to UK, and many worldwide addresses.



Cafe Tasse Dark Cocoa Powder

Cafe Tasse Dark Cocoa Powder

Imported from Belgium, this instant dark drinking chocolate cocoa powder is great year round. Cocoa 32%. Packaged in a pretty silver colored tin.

8.8 oz tin, $13.95

Shipping:  Ships to US and Canada.  Warm Weather:  Ships with mandatory warm weather packaging during Summer months, recommend warm weather packaging if destination is over 74º F during other months.  Restricted shipping days.



Godiva Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa

Godiva Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa

Stir up some decadence with the extraordinary richness of Godiva Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa. A simple delight, day or night. Enjoy!

13.1 oz canister, $10.45

Shipping:  Ships to US addresses.
Hot Weather:  Recommends Ice Pack shipping, expedited shipping, Monday through Wednesday shipping.




Ghirardelli Drinking Chocolate

Ghirardelli Drinking Chocolate

Mini semi-sweet chocolate drops that melt in milk for a velvety, intense chocolate beverage.

12 oz tin, 6 tin case, $70.91

Shipping:  Ships to US addresses.  Warm Weather:  Recommends Ice Pack shipping, expedited shipping, Monday through Wednesday shipping.



Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Premium Hot Cocoa

Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Premium Hot Cocoa

Start with cocoa from the finest beans, blend just the right amount of sugar and real vanilla, and add real chocolate for a rich chocolate taste.

16 oz can, 8 can case, $53.18

12 individual serving packets, $11.07

Shipping:  Ships to US addresses.  Warm Weather:  Recommends Ice Pack shipping, expedited shipping, Monday through Wednesday shipping.



Ghirardelli Chocolate Mocha Premium Hot Cocoa

Ghirardelli Chocolate Mocha Premium Hot Cocoa

A rich chocolate taste perfectly balanced with a hint of coffee.

16 oz can, 8 can case, $53.18

Shipping:  Ships to US addresses.  Warm Weather:  Recommends Ice Pack shipping, expedited shipping, Monday through Wednesday shipping.



Ghirardelli Chocolate Hazelnut Premium Hot Cocoa

Ghirardelli Chocolate Hazelnut Premium Hot Cocoa

The luxuriously deep flavor of Ghirardelli Premium Chocolate Hazelnut Hot Cocoa creates the intense, lingering chocolate experience cherished by true cocoa lovers.

16 oz can, 8 can case, $53.18

Shipping:  Ships to US addresses.  Warm Weather:  Recommends Ice Pack shipping, expedited shipping, Monday through Wednesday shipping.



Scharffen Berger Sweetened Cocoa Powder

Scharffen Berger Cocoa Powder

Developed for baking and beverages, this Natural Cocoa Powder is made from perfectly roasted and well-fermented beans and is not 'Dutch' processed.  With the Sweetened Natural Cocoa Powder, it is easy to make delicious hot cocoa and chocolate milk. The only thing added to the exceptional cocoa powder is pure cane sugar.

8 oz (220 g) can, 12 can case, $119.65

Unsweetened

Sweetened

Shipping:  Ships to US addresses.  Warm Weather:  Recommends Ice Pack shipping, expedited shipping, Monday through Wednesday shipping.


Pre-Mixed Powders With Extra Ingredients


Bodega Chocolates Mocha Latte Drink Mix

Bodega Chocolates Mocha Latte Drink Mix

For a creamy, rich, and delicious ice blended or hot chocolate drink.

14 oz package, $12.00

Shipping:  Ships to many locations in North and South America, and Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  Special arrangements for other destinations may be possible.



Choclatique Chocolate Peanut Butter Drinking Mix

Choclatique Chocolate Peanut Butter Drinking Mix

Award-winning Dutch processed dark and milk ground chocolate and the finest lightly roasted U.S. grown Virginia peanuts, lightly flavored with Tahitian vanilla and Hawaiian-grown cane sugar. 

15 oz package, $10.00

Shipping:  Ships to many locations in North and South America, and Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  Special arrangements for other destinations may be possible.



Choclatique Chocolate Cinnamon Drinking Mix

Choclatique Chocolate Cinnamon Drinking Mix

Montezuma's Blessing Choclatique Chocolate Cinnamon Drinking Mix is a rich, spicy and chocolatey beverage that will warm (or cool) the body and sooth the soul.

15 oz package, $10.00

Shipping:  Ships to many locations in North and South America, and Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  Special arrangements for other destinations may be possible.



Lang's Cocoa Drink Mix

Lang's Cocoa Drink Mix

The summer heat is relentless and the thought of something cooling is intoxicating.  Grab some of Lang's Chocolates Cocoa drink and mix it with ice and milk in a blender. Let the sound of the blender be music to your ears as your mouth waters for the refreshing drink.  This cocoa drink comes in a mason jar mug that will surely become your favorite drinking glass.

18 oz package, $15.50

Shipping:  Ships to many locations in North and South America, and Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  Special arrangements for other destinations may be possible.



Barkeater Gourmet Cinnamon Hot Cocoa Mix

Barkeater Chocolates Gourmet Cinnamon Hot Cocoa Mix

This hot cocoa mix will warm you up with a hint of cinnamon. A must-have for those cold winter days.

8 oz package, $8.00

Shipping:  Ships to many locations in North and South America, and Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  Special arrangements for other destinations may be possible.



Barkeater Spicy Hot Cocoa Mix

Barkeater Spicy Hot Cocoa Mix

Raise your temperature with the touch of Cayenne in this hot cocoa mix.

8 oz package, $8.00

Shipping:  Ships to many locations in North and South America, and Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  Special arrangements for other destinations may be possible.



Chokola'j Hot Chocolate Gift Set

Chokola'j Hot Chocolate Gift Set

12 ounces of signature 55% hot chocolate and a stylish mug are gently arranged inside an earth friendly oatmeal striped natural Kraft box with a hand tied ribbon.  Organic.

48 oz package, $22.00

Shipping:  Ships to many locations in North and South America, and Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  Special arrangements for other destinations may be possible.



Bellagio Orange Pecan Gourmet Hot Cocoa

Bellagio Orange Pecan Gourmet Hot Cocoa

A unique blend of true essence of orange oil, pecans and dark bittersweet chocolate to create a delectable taste.

1.25 oz packets, 25 packet case, $18.82

Shipping:  Ships to US addresses.  Warm Weather:  Recommends Ice Pack shipping, expedited shipping, Monday through Wednesday shipping.



Bellagio Caramel Praline Gourmet Hot Cocoa

Bellagio Caramel Praline Gourmet Hot Cocoa

Roasted pralines and sweet caramel ribbons blended in delicious dark chocolate.

7 oz cannister, 12 cannister case, $48.94

Individual serving packets, 25 packet case, $17.88

Shipping:  Ships to US addresses.  Warm Weather:  Recommends Ice Pack shipping, expedited shipping, Monday through Wednesday shipping.



Add Cocoa and Other Ingredients to Liquid


Divine Cocoa

Divine Cocoa

A delicious new way to enjoy the taste of high quality Ghanaian cocoa bought from small-scale farmers on Fairtrade terms. Whether whisking up a rich dark cup of fragrant hot cocoa, or using cocoa in your favorite chocolate recipes, Divine Cocoa is the perfect choice.  Fair Trade.

125g tub, £1.49, or
Case of 12 tubs, £15.95

Shipping:  Ships to UK, and many other worldwide addresses.



Traidcraft Cocoa

Traidcraft Cocoa

This pure organic Fairtrade cocoa powder makes a delicious chocolate drink and is great for baking too. Made from Fairtrade cocoa sourced from the Dominican Republic.  Organic, Fair Trade.

125g tub, £2.95, or Case of 6 tubs, £13.50

Shipping:  Ships to UK, and many other worldwide addresses.



Callebaut Cocoa Powder

Callebaut Cocoa Powder

100% Cacao content Mixes well with cold products as well as develops flavor while cooking. great for: mousse, cremes, biscuits, ice cream, confectionary, decoration, and hot chocolate. (unsweetened)

2.2 lb bag, $28.00

11 lb bag, $85.00

Shipping:  Ships to US and Canada.  Warm Weather:  Ships with mandatory warm weather packaging during Summer months, recommend warm weather packaging if destination is over 74º F during other months.  Restricted shipping days.


Melting Sticks


Choc Affair Hot Chocolate Drink Melting Stick

Choc Affair Hot Chocolate Drink Melting Stick

Indulge yourself by stirring the delightful Choc-Affair into a mug of hot milk. The chocolate melts in the milk, creating a delicious hot chocolate drink.  Fair Trade.

50 g package, £2.25

Shipping:  Ships to UK, and many worldwide addresses.



Chocolate Alchemist His & Hers Dark Chocolate Dippers

Chocolate Alchemist His & Hers Dark Chocolate Dippers

Cherish a cosy night in with your loved one and these fun His & Hers Dark Chocolate Dippers. Dunk these cute dippers into hot milk and stir to create your own tasty hot chocolate.

2 35g sticks, £3.50

Shipping:  Ships to UK, and many worldwide addresses.



Choc-o-Lait Dark Chocolate Stick

Choc-o-Lait Dark Chocolate Stick

You can make real hot chocolate in the blink of an eye. This stick is filled with authentic Belgian chocolate. Stir the chocolate stick in a cup of hot milk and in barely one minute you will have delicious hot chocolate. 

13.8 oz (12 pieces), $24.95

Shipping:  Ships to US and Canada.  Warm Weather:  Ships with mandatory warm weather packaging during Summer months, recommend warm weather packaging if destination is over 74º F during other months.  Restricted shipping days.



Melville's Chocolate Caramel Flavoring Spoons

Melville's Chocolate Caramel Flavoring Spoons

Simply enjoy by adding one Chocolate Caramel Spoon into your favorite cup of hot tea or coffee. Notice as a blast of Chocolate Caramel flavor comes right out making the very best cup you've ever tasted.

8 spoon package, 3 package case, $31.18

Shipping:  Ships to US addresses.  Warm Weather:  Recommends Ice Pack shipping, expedited shipping, Monday through Wednesday shipping.



Knipschildt Chocolatier Mocha Hot Chocolate and Coffee Sticks

Knipschildt Chocolatier Mocha Hot Chocolate and Coffee Sticks

Solid 70% dark chocolate with a crust of freshly ground mocha beans and raw sugar. This stick is excellent in hot milk or coffee for a deep rich chocolate escape.

16 oz package, $4.50

Shipping:  Ships to many locations in North and South America, and Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.  Special arrangements for other destinations may be possible.


Melt Dark Chocolate in Liquid


Valor Hot Chocolate a la Taza

Valor Hot Chocolate a la Taza

Valor Chocolate a la Taza is the thickest, creamiest, richest hot chocolate in the world!  When you melt this chocolate a la taza in simmering milk, this solid dark chocolate bar transforms hot milk into a rich and satisfying chocolate brew!

10.5 oz (300g) bar, $8.95

17.5 oz (500g) powder form, $8.95

13.52 fl oz (400ml) liquid "to go" form

Shipping:  Ships to US and Canada.



Blanxart Chocolate a la Taza

Blanxart Chocolate a la Taza

This Chocolate a la Taza bar is a blend of just 3 all natural ingredients - unrefined dark chocolate, sugar, and vanilla. Melt blocks of it in a mug of hot milk for thick, rich Spanish hot chocolate. Or you can enjoy it like a regular chocolate bar!

7 oz (200g) bar, $8.95

7 oz (200g) powder form, $8.95

Shipping:  Ships to US and Canada.



Superior Selection Drinking Chocolate Flakes

Superior Selection Drinking Chocolate Flakes

Superior quality drinking chocolate flakes, created from the purest of ingredients such as fine cocoa, cane sugar and Bourbon vanilla pod.  These 72% chocolate flakes make a really traditional, hot chocolate drink of pure indulgence and most appreciated by true chocolate connoisseurs. Also ideal for topping desserts and warm drinks. Presented in a hessian bag making a great gift.

7 oz (200g), £7.99

Shipping:  Ships to US and Canada.  Ships to UK and many European and other International addresses.  Hot Weather:  Advise against chocolate deliveries to warmer countries, or when temperatures will be above 20 degrees centigrade (68 degrees Fahrenheit).



Dark Chocolate Couverture Chips

Dark Chocolate Couverture Chips

Superior quality, 99% cocoa content, dark chocolate couverture (cooking chocolate) chips. Extra bitter chocolate not for the faint hearted. Ideal for baking, desserts, decoration, mould making and hot chocolate. Due to the very high cocoa content, a little of this dark chocolate will go much further, also with the added benefit of being able to add sugar to taste. These chocolate chips are not suitable for chocolate fountains.

1000g, £19.95

Shipping:  Ships to US and Canada.  Ships to UK and many European and other International addresses.  Hot Weather:  Advise against chocolate deliveries to warmer countries, or when temperatures will be above 20 degrees centigrade (68 degrees Fahrenheit).



Michel Cluizel Dark Chocolate Minigams

Michel Cluizel Dark Chocolate Minigams

Superior quality, 72% cocoa, dark chocolate chips for use in desserts, baking, moulding, decoration and a truly indulgent, hot chocolate. As one would expect from Michel Cluizel this fine chocolate is without artificial flavourings and made with the purest, highest quality ingredients. The box contains a handy zip-up bag to protect against humidity, the small drops of chocolate, (4 drops equals 1g) eliminate crumbs and allow a quicker, even melt. Complete with hot chocolate recipe.

500g, £16.95

Shipping:  Ships to US and Canada.  Ships to UK and many European and other International addresses.  Hot Weather:  Advise against chocolate deliveries to warmer countries, or when temperatures will be above 20 degrees centigrade (68 degrees Fahrenheit).

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