Barcelona Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Barcelona Hot Chocolate recipe

Hot chocolate is one of my all time favorite drinks this holiday season. I love the classic hot chocolate but every now and then, it’s good to go for a healthier recipe.

Did you know this sweet treat has health benefits? According to Cooking Light, clinical studies show that eating small amounts of chocolate (one piece a day―about 30 calories’ worth) lowered systolic blood pressure by 2.9 mm/Hg. That in turn may lower your risk of stroke or coronary heart disease.

So, if you’re in the mood for hot chocolate, choose dark chocolate containing at least 70% cocoa. I’ve been a big fan of dark chocolate ever since my mom got me hooked. If you’re a dark chocolate lover like myself or looking for a healthier alternative, try this fun Barcelona hot chocolate recipe!

Barcelona Hot Chocolate Recipe


  • 2/3 cup boiling water
  • 2 ounces good-quality dark or bittersweet (60 to 70 percent cocoa) chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 1/3 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 cup brewed espresso or strong coffee
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 2-inch piece orange rind strip
  • fat-free whipped topping
  • Cocoa powder (optional)
  • Dark Chocolate chunks (optional)


Step 1. Combine 2/3 cup boiling water and chopped chocolate in a medium saucepan, stirring until chocolate melts.

Step 2. Add milk and next 4 ingredients (through rind); cook over medium-low heat, stirring with a whisk.

Step 3. Heat 5 minutes or until tiny bubbles form around edge of pan, stirring frequently (do not boil). Discard rind.

Step 4. Pour 1 cup mixture into each of 4 mugs.

Step 5. Spoon 2-3 tablespoons whipped topping over each serving.

Step 6. Dust with cocoa powder and add chocolate chunks, if desired.

Adapted from My Recipes

Liked this recipe? Then read: A Boozy Hot Chocolate Recipe and Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Looking for warm winter morning drink ideas? This Barcelona Hot Chocolate recipe is so simple and delicious, and will keep you and the whole family cozy this cold season. Click here for the recipe!

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