There's hot chocolate and then there's Baileys Hot Chocolate with cream, a crumbled Cadbury flake and a drizzle of Nutella. This absolutely is the world's best hot chocolate and you're going to love it!
Repeat after me:
"Baileys is for life, not just for Christmas"
Now we've got that cleared up, I shall begin...
I am a Baileys Irish cream liqueur superfan, I absolutely love it and I'm guessing you do too. I usually enjoy it on the rocks by the half tumbler full but there's something irresistible about jazzing up a hot chocolate with a little tipple.
Not in the mood for hot chocolate? Check out my Pornstar Martini instead. That's a cocktail guaranteed to make your knees wobble!
Back to the yummy Baileys which is especially lovely in the colder months and most definitely in the run-up to Christmas when a litre bottle goes on sale for £12.00 in the supermarkets.
I realise people go bonkers for Baileys at Christmas time and it DOES feel very festive but I think we should be drinking it all year round (responsibly, obvs).
There are, of course, loads of recipes online for spiked hot chocolate. Lots of them suggest ways of making hot chocolate with real chocolate. I'm sure they are delicious but personally, I feel like that's a very expensive drink once you've factored in the cost of the chocolate and the Baileys.
You can also use cocoa powder and add sugar, but I find that too time-consuming and a bit of a faff. You know I'm all about the simple and quick recipes that make your life easier.
You *could* make this in the slow cooker (Crock Pot, Instant Pot) although I wouldn't recommend it because you don't want the alcohol to burn off.
If making a big quantity is your goal, just use a large pan which probably has the same capacity as a slow cooker anyway! It's also much quicker on the hob and slow cooking it won't make it taste any better.
How to make Baileys Hot Chocolate on the hob
So, this is my easy version using Galaxy hot chocolate powder. Just use any instant hot choc you like/have in the cupboard. I think you can buy Baileys hot chocolate powder but I've never seen it.
Making Baileys hot chocolate couldn't be easier. Use the mug you'll be drinking from to measure the milk and pour it into a pan. Heat it up then whisk in the hot chocolate powder. I recommend four heaped teaspoons per mug.
Now for the fun part of adding the Baileys. I do this at the end because I don't want the alcohol to burn off - haha!
I use a rough measure of 50ml per mug but to be honest, measuring Baileys is a bit like garlic: You measure it with your heart ;-)
Pour the Baileys Hot Chocolate into your mug then add a big dollop of squirty cream on top. You could also use whipped cream if you have any double cream you want to use up. You can add marshmallows to make it extra special.
I topped my Baileys Hot Chocolate with half a crumbled up flake and, instead of chocolate sauce, I heated up a teaspoon of Nutella in the microwave for 30 seconds then drizzled it over the top. YUM.
Oh my goodness it's divine. Told you it was the world's best Baileys Hot Chocolate didn't I?
Now, go and make one for yourself! Hope you love it. Let me know in the comments what toppings you put on yours. Enjoy!
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Baileys Hot Chocolate
- 600 ml milk
- 8 tsps hot chocolate powder
- 100 ml Baileys Irish Cream
- Squirty cream
- 1 Cadbury Flake crumbled
- 2 tsp Nutella warmed for 30 seconds in the microwave
- Pour the milk into a saucepan and heat to just below boiling point. Add the hot chocolate powder and whisk until dissolved. Pour the Baileys in and stir to combine.
- Pour the hot chocolate into mugs, top with cream, a crumbled flake and drizzle with the warm Nutella.