How to Make the Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate

When it comes to making the best hot chocolate, the journey starts with selecting the finest chocolate. For this ultimate recipe, we use a 65% cacao chocolate called Maracaibo from Felchlin, known for its rich and smooth flavor profile.

This isn’t your typical hot cocoa that relies on a mix of cocoa powder and various milk products. Instead, we rely on pure chocolate combined with fresh whole milk to create a decadent drinking experience. Here’s my favorite method to achieve the perfect cup of hot chocolate:


  • 65% Cacao Chocolate (Maracaibo from Felchlin): The star of the show, Maracaibo chocolate, offers a deep, complex flavor that sets the foundation for your hot chocolate.
  • Fresh Whole Milk: The milk enhances the chocolate's flavor and contributes to its creamy texture.


  • Velvetizer or Frothing Machine: This device, commonly used for espresso, whips and heats the mixture simultaneously, creating a smooth, velvety consistency.

Steps to Perfection

  1. Prepare Your Chocolate
    Chop or break the Maracaibo chocolate into small pieces. This helps it melt evenly when combined with the milk.
  2. Measure the Milk
    Measure the amount of fresh whole milk needed for your desired serving size. Typically, one cup of milk per serving works well.
  3. Combine Ingredients in the Velvetizer
    Pour the fresh whole milk into the velvetizer or frothing machine. Add the prepared chocolate pieces to the milk.
  4. Heat and Whip the Mixture
    Turn on the velvetizer or frothing machine. This device will heat the milk and whip the chocolate, creating a silky-smooth, velvety texture. The machine ensures the chocolate is fully melted and evenly distributed throughout the milk.
  5. Pour and Serve
    Once the mixture reaches the desired consistency, pour the hot chocolate into a cup. You’ll notice the rich, velvety color and texture as you pour.
  6. Enjoy!
    Your perfect cup of hot chocolate is ready to be enjoyed. Savor the smooth, creamy, and rich flavors that only high-quality chocolate and fresh whole milk can provide.

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Final Thoughts

Using premium ingredients like Maracaibo chocolate and fresh whole milk, combined with the whipping and heating action of a velvetizer, ensures a hot chocolate experience that's unparalleled. The resulting drink is not just good—it's crazy good, with a velvety mouthfeel that's bound to impress.

Give this method a try and taste the difference for yourself. Whether it's a chilly winter evening or just a moment of self-indulgence, this hot chocolate recipe will elevate your experience to a whole new level. Enjoy!

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