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Mermaid's Hot Chocolate

This spiced hot chocolate is the perfect antidote to a chilly winters day, especially if you've brave in dip in the ocean!

Servings 2


  • 4–5 heaped tsp raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • A good grating (1 heaped tbsp) dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1⁄2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1⁄2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1⁄2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1⁄2 tsp chilli powder or a good pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • A knob of preserved stem ginger 2 tsp honey, maple syrup or syrup from the ginger
  • 500ml whole milk or oat milk

This recipe serves two - multiply as needed!


Put the cocoa, grated chocolate, spices, stem ginger and honey or maple syrup into a blender.

Add about 2 tbsp boiling water from the kettle and blitz until smoothly combined.

Add the milk and give it another blitz.

Taste to check for spice, sweetness and heat, and adjust accordingly.

Pour into a pan and slowly bring almost to the boil, stirring.

Pour into a warmed flask or a couple of mugs.