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Red Velvet Hot Chocolate Recipe

When the weather drops, we immediately turn to hot chocolate. A hand-sized treat, this comfort drink is wrapped up in memories that include crisp fall days and the first snowball battles of the season. Hannah Miles brings her love for the liquid chocolate-in-a-cup with her book, 'Hot Chocolate,' giving the childhood powder-y drink a sophisticated upgrade.

"This hot chocolate is inspired by the popular American red velvet cake, which is traditionally made with cocoa powder and red food colouring. The same ingredients are used in this hot chocolate and, for extra fun, each serving is topped with a scoop of ice cream so you can enjoy the hot/cold sensation as you drink this treat. If you are serving this with a red velvet cake, sprinle a few crumbs on top to decorate. If you don't have a red velvet cake to hand, use some sugar sprinkles instead," writes Miles.

Recipe: Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

Yields: 2 Servings


  • 17 ounces of milk
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • a few drops of red food colouring
  • 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • red velvet cake crumbs or sugar sprinkles, to decorate


  1. Place the milk and chopped chocolate in a saucepan with the cocoa powder and heat over low heat until the chocolate has melted and the cocoa is incorporated, whisking constantly.
  2. Add a few drops of red food colouring to give the drink a nice reddish brown colour.
  3. Pour the hot chocolate into two cups, place a scoop of ice cream on top of each and decorate with cake crumbs or sugar sprinkles. Serve immediately with spoons to eat the ice cream.

Available on Amazon. Excerpted from 'Hot Chocolate' by Hannah Miles. Photography by Steve Painter. Published by Ryland Peters and Small.

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