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Gingerbread Hot Chocolate – Warming, Comforting and Full of Flavour

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Drinks, Vegan Recipes | 29th December 2018 | By

Warm and comforting, this gingerbread hot chocolate is full of flavour and has a slight kick to it too. Use your favourite plant-based milk or go for full on dairy.

Do you remember those sticky ginger apple cakes I made for Bonfire Night a few weeks ago? Well I reckoned the ginger syrup I created to glaze them would contribute to a wicked gingerbread hot chocolate. How right I was.

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

When it’s cold outside and you crave something comforting and warming, sometimes it’s only a hot chocolate that will hit the spot. The ginger in this gingerbread hot chocolate adds an extra layer of warmth and will help fend off those wretched colds. If, like me, you like your ginger to have a fiery kick, add a dried red chilli when making the ginger syrup.

Apart from the ginger syrup, it’s the real chocolate that makes this gingerbread hot chocolate so luxurious. I use whatever dark chocolate I have to hand, but anything between 70% and 100% cocoa solids is best. The recipe below makes one large mug if you’re feeling decadent or a couple of more modest ones if you want to share.

I urge you to try this gingerbread hot chocolate now whilst the days are damp and grey and before January’s healthy eating resolutions kick in.

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Ginger Syrup

You can buy ginger syrup, but it’s very easy to make your own. Just boil up some ginger root slices with water and sugar and strain. You’ll have a lovely hot and flavoursome syrup that will keep in the fridge for several weeks. You can add it to hot chocolate or mix with either cold or hot water for an uplifting drink.


Every year I tell myself I’m going to try going vegan for the month of January. I adore cheese and find eggs extremely useful, but I eat too much of them. Then there’s my favourite milk chocolate – yikes! I reckon it would be good for me to have a break and go dairy-free for a while. So, this year, I’m going to bite the bullet and take part in #Veganuary, along with thousands of others.

This gingerbread hot chocolate can be made with full on dairy or your favourite plant-based milk. I even have a post showing you how to make your own hemp milk if you’re feeling adventurous. What this voluptuous drink makes me realise, is that I’ll still be able to enjoy plenty of delicious treats during my vegan January. Just one note of caution; if you make this for a vegan, do make sure the dark chocolate is suitable. Sadly, not all dark chocolate is created the same.

Other Hot Chocolate Recipes You Might Like

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Gingerbread Hot Chocolate – The Recipe

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Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Warm and comforting, this hot chocolate is full of flavour and has a slight kick. Use your favourite plant-based milk or go for full on dairy.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Syrup Cook Time25 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: British
Keyword: chillies, dark chocolate, ginger, hot chocolate, vegan
Servings: 1 person


Ginger Syrup

  • 4 large slices root ginger
  • 1 small dried red hot chilli (optional)
  • 100 ml water
  • 60 g golden caster sugar

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

  • 1 tbsp homemade ginger syrup
  • 40 g dark chocolate 70% or more - grated
  • 300 ml milk of your choice


Ginger Syrup

  • Place all the ingredients into a small pan, bring gently to the boil so that the sugar dissolves. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Take the lid of the pan and boil gently, until the mixture becomes syrupy - about 5 minutes.
  • Strain through a sieve into a small sterilised bottle.

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

  • Pour the milk into a suitably sized pan and heat over a medium heat until just about to boil.
  • Meanwhile place the chocolate into the bottom of a large mug, or two smaller ones.
  • Whisk some of the milk into the chocolate, reserving a few flakes for decoration. When melted and thoroughly combined, whisk in the rest of the milk.
  • Sprinkle the last of the grated chocolate over the top.


I’m sharing my warming winter drink with Easy Peasy Foodie for #CookBlogShare.


  1. johanna @ green gourmet giraffe

    30th December 2018 at 2:29 am

    this sounds lovely – I really like hot chocolate in cafes but have never managed to make one I really like at home.

    good luck with veganuary – I could do with trying this – we have reduced our egg and dairy intake over the last few years but not got rid of them completely. I have found that doing Vegan MoFo has helped a lot. I will look forward to seeing how you go.

    • Choclette

      30th December 2018 at 12:06 pm

      I think you’d manage a lot better than me Johanna, you’re already well versed in the whole vegan thing. It’s a bit difficult here as CT isn’t even vegetarian. He’s happy to only eat vegetarian at home, but the fridge will still be stuffed with cheese and I will have to resist!

  2. angiesrecipes

    30th December 2018 at 5:37 am

    Wish I were holding that cup of hot chocolate now :-)) Happy New Year and all the BEST with the veganuary, Choclette!

    • Choclette

      30th December 2018 at 12:03 pm

      Thanks Angie. I’m looking forward to the challenge, but it’s definitely a challenge.

  3. Emm

    30th December 2018 at 8:10 pm

    This sounds divine. I have some ginger cake that would go with this perfectly. Also good luck for Veganuary! We are doing it too!

    • Choclette

      31st December 2018 at 11:20 am

      Good luck to you too. This hot chocolate is set to see me through Veganuary.

  4. Sisley White

    31st December 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Oh my gosh yes please. This is right up my alley. Love a hot chocolate and gingerbread so combined would be a dream.

    • Choclette

      1st January 2019 at 3:36 pm

      Think I might just need to make myself one today Sisley.

  5. Heidi Roberts

    2nd January 2019 at 10:38 pm

    I am more into hot chocolate this winter! I never thought of making ginger syrup – I will give it a try.

    • Choclette

      3rd January 2019 at 11:48 am

      The syrup is delicious and such an easy way to get some soothing but hot ginger into you.

  6. Anna | Serving Dumplings

    3rd January 2019 at 9:54 am

    I’m totally into this hot chocolate! This is a dream combo!

    • Choclette

      3rd January 2019 at 11:49 am

      Thanks Anna. It’s so good at this time of year when ginger feels much needed. As does hot chocolate.

  7. Jacqueline Meldrum

    3rd January 2019 at 5:14 pm

    What a great idea. I love the flavour of this Choclette. I am a bit chilly right now, one of these would hit the spot. Shared 🙂

    • Choclette

      4th January 2019 at 11:33 am

      Thanks Jac. Ginger is one of the best things to keep the chills at bay I find – that and chilli 😀

  8. Corina Blum

    3rd January 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Good luck with Veganuary! I’d love to try it one year but I don’t think my family are ready for it year and I know I couldn’t manage it alone. This hot chocolate sounds so tasty and would be very warming with the ginger in.

    • Choclette

      4th January 2019 at 11:35 am

      Yes, it would be really difficult if you were cooking non-vegan food for the family. I’m lucky really. CT is very tolerant – he just keeps snacking on cheese and hot buttered toast!

  9. Mandy

    4th January 2019 at 11:26 am

    This sounds really good Choclette. Hope you’re finding Veganuary ok! I usually use oat or almond milk to make hot chocolate – my kids love it with either.

    • Choclette

      4th January 2019 at 11:37 am

      I’m really enjoying the challenge. I’m going through various milks at the moment, trying to find the one I like best.

  10. Jere Cassidy

    5th January 2019 at 5:45 am

    I am always on the lookout for something warm to drink. The ginger syrup sounds delicious since I love ginger. I love your Veganuary concept, such a good idea.

    • Choclette

      5th January 2019 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks Jere. I’m really enjoying Veganuary so far. I’m finding I’m eating a wider variety of foods than I normally do.

  11. Swati

    6th January 2019 at 8:28 am

    Hot chocolate with my favorite spice .. ginger sounds so warm and comforting!! Loved the #veganury concept..

    • Choclette

      6th January 2019 at 1:26 pm

      Ginger is one of my favourite spices too, though I find it hard to have an all out favourite. It goes wonderfully well with hot chocolate.

  12. Cindy

    6th January 2019 at 9:14 pm

    This actually looks really good! I’m thinking a creamy cashew milk would be nice:)
    Good luck with Veganuary! There are really so many great resources available now to make it doable. You’ll feel great if you can stick to it!

    • Choclette

      7th January 2019 at 3:31 pm

      Thanks Cindy. I’m really enjoying Veganuary so far and I’ve only indulged in hot chocolate twice. The first time I made it with coconut milk and the second with hazelnut milk. The hazelnut milk version is just amazing.


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