We've rounded up the most delicious, rich hot chocolates, perfect for sipping by the fire
Today’s hot chocolates are a world away from the stuff you used to drink as a child – rich, thick, full-flavoured and made from the finest quality chocolate. Here are some of our favourites, which we’d recommend stocking up on as the nights draw in.
Bettys Hot Chocolate in a Mug makes the perfect present for someone with a sweet tooth. The award-winning blend is infused with Madagascan vanilla, to offset the delicious depth of the Swiss dark chocolate. £15 for 190g, plus a cream Leedsware mug (www.bettys.co.uk)
Paul A. Young’s Aztec Hot Chocolate Spiced has hints of cinamon, cardamom and nutmig. It’s so rich that it doesn’t need milk – just hot water to really bring out the flavours of the 70% chocolate chunks. £12.50 per bag from Craved (http://cravedlondon.com), or Paul A. Young’s London boutiques (www.paulayoung.co.uk)
Hans Sloane Drinking Chocolates have won all sorts of awards, for good reason: the beads melt beautifully into hot milk, creating a deliciously rich and thick drink. Try the Ecuador 70% blend, with hints of licorice and banana. From £4.49 per box (www.sirhanssloane.com)