Rich and Decadent Brazilian Hot Chocolate Recipe

Dear chocolate lovers,

Are you looking for a warm and creamy hot chocolate recipe to indulge in on a cold evening? Look no further! I present to you my Brazilian hot chocolate recipe. This recipe takes your classic hot cocoa to the next level by incorporating the bold flavors of Brazil.

The combination of sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and baking chocolate creates a rich and creamy texture that will have you craving more. With just a handful of ingredients, this recipe is easy to make and perfect for cozy nights at home.

In Brazil, hot chocolate is not just a beverage but a cultural experience. It’s a staple during the colder months and a comforting treat year-round. Join in on this tradition and enjoy the flavors of Brazil with each sip.

So grab your favorite mug, put on your coziest clothes, and let’s make some hot cocoa Brazilian-style.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Brazilian Hot Chocolate
Brazilian Hot Chocolate

Have you ever experienced the comfort and indulgence of a warm, creamy hot chocolate on a cold, cozy evening? Well, get ready to take that sensation to a whole new level with my Brazilian Hot Chocolate Recipe! This particular recipe will have you feeling as though you’ve transported to the streets of Brazil, with its exotic ingredients and unique flavor profile.

What sets this recipe apart from other hot chocolate recipes is the addition of sweetened condensed milk. This ingredient adds an extra layer of creaminess and sweetness that can only be achieved with Brazilian hot cocoa. The combination of sweetened condensed milk, baking chocolate, and unsweetened cocoa powder creates a rich and hearty drink that will leave you completely satisfied.

Not only is this recipe incredibly delicious, but it’s also very easy to make. All you need is some basic items like milk, sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract along with Brazilian staples like sweetened condensed milk and baking chocolate. In no time at all, you’ll have yourself a piping hot mug of Brazilian Hot Chocolate perfect for any occasion.

Whether you’re in the mood for a cozy night in or hosting a party with friends and family, this recipe is sure to impress. With its unique blend of ingredients and unbeatable taste, this Brazilian Hot Chocolate is definitely one for the books! So go ahead and give it a try – I guarantee that you’ll absolutely love it!

Ingredient List

 Satisfy your chocolate cravings with this creamy Brazilian hot chocolate!
Satisfy your chocolate cravings with this creamy Brazilian hot chocolate!

Before we get started creating our Brazilian Hot Chocolate, it’s important to gather all of the necessary ingredients. Don’t worry, they’re probably already in your pantry! Here’s what you’ll need:

Main Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of whole milk (Tip: Use whole milk for an extra creamy texture)
  • 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Other Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ounce baking chocolate (chopped)

These ingredients will give you a luscious, silky consistency, rich chocolatey flavor with a hint of coffee and cinnamon. Trust me; you won’t be able to resist this indulgent hot chocolate recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 Cozy up with a mug of this warm and indulgent drink on a chilly night.
Cozy up with a mug of this warm and indulgent drink on a chilly night.

Let’s get started on making this delicious Brazilian Hot Chocolate Recipe! It’s going to be creamy, indulgent, and have a touch of cinnamon that will take you to the exotic Brazil. Here are the steps needed to make this recipe come to life:

Gather Your Ingredients

Before embarking on this culinary journey, ensure that you have all ingredients necessary to make this hot chocolate recipe a success. You’re going need:

  • 4 cups of whole milk
  • 1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 ounces of baking chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of instant coffee powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt
  • Sugar (the amount is up to your taste preference!)

The Cooking Process

  1. Combine the whole milk, sweetened condensed milk, cornstarch, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking chocolate, a pinch of salt, instant coffee powder and ground cinnamon in a medium saucepan.

  2. Place the saucepan on the stove over medium heat, whisking constantly until everything is mixed together and uniform.

  3. Once it starts simmering, lower the heat and keep stirring constantly about 10 more minutes until thickened.

Tip: Make sure you keep stirring so that lumps do not form.

  1. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract.

  2. Continue whisking until all ingredients are fully combined.

  3. Using a strainer, strain the mixture into a different clean saucepan or container.

Tip: This step helps avoid lumps and results in a smooth texture for the hot chocolate.

  1. Heat up 1 cup of water in a double boiler or simmering water.

  2. Add the strained mixture into the double boiler, stirring occasionally until fully melted.

Tip: If you don’t have a double boiler available, you can improvise by placing a heat-resistant bowl on top of a saucepan with boiling water.

  1. Serve your hot chocolate in individual cups and top with whipped cream or a sprinkle of cinnamon!

And There You Have It

Now that you have successfully crafted this delicious Brazilian Hot Chocolate Recipe, indulge yourself and enjoy this smooth and creamy brew! Pair it with some Brigadeiros (Brazilian chocolate truffles) for an authentic Brazilian dessert experience!

Substitutions and Variations

 Take a trip to Brazil without leaving your home with this authentic recipe.
Take a trip to Brazil without leaving your home with this authentic recipe.

One of the great things about this Brazilian Hot Chocolate recipe is that it’s very adaptable to substitutions and variations. Here are some ideas to help you customize your drink:

– Chocolate: Instead of baking chocolate, you can use chocolate chips, chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, or any other chocolate you like. You could also switch out the baking chocolate for cocoa powder if you prefer a more intense chocolate flavor.

– Milk: This recipe calls for whole milk, but you could also use 2% or skim milk if you prefer. For a richer drink, try using half-and-half or cream instead of milk.

– Sweeteners: The recipe uses sugar and sweetened condensed milk to add sweetness, but feel free to adjust these amounts as needed. You could also substitute honey or maple syrup for some or all of the sugar.

– Spices: While the recipe calls for cinnamon, you could also add other spices like nutmeg, ginger, or cardamom to give your hot chocolate a unique twist.

– Liqueur: Want to make it a little boozy? Add a shot of your favorite liqueur like Kahlua, Baileys Irish Cream, or Amaretto for an adult twist.

Remember, these are just suggestions – feel free to experiment and find what works best for you!

Serving and Pairing

 A rich and comforting drink perfect for snuggling under a blanket.
A rich and comforting drink perfect for snuggling under a blanket.

Are you ready to experience the ultimate cozy and comforting treat? When it comes to serving Brazilian Hot Chocolate, there are many ways that you can enjoy it. Whether you’re in need of a morning boost or a warming beverage before bedtime, this rich and creamy cocoa recipe hits the spot.

To start, I recommend serving this delicious hot chocolate in large mugs, which will provide the ideal amount of cocoa and really let you savor every last drop. Top your drink off with whipped cream and a sprinkling of ground cinnamon for extra flavor and to make your drink look even more indulgent.

When it comes to pairing this delightful drink with food, there are endless options. This Brazilian Hot Chocolate recipe pairs perfectly with fresh-baked croissants or pastries for a wonderful breakfast combo. It’s also great with popcorn or soft pretzels for an evening snack!

For an adult twist on this classic hot chocolate recipe, try adding a shot of your favourite liquor such as rum or Kahlua for an extra kick.

Lastly, If you’re looking to keep it light, try serving it alongside fresh fruit or something salty like crackers. The sweet flavor highlights complement savory flavors nicely making sure everyone can find something they love with their Brazilian Hot Chocolate.

No matter how you choose to serve it, this flavorful Brazilian Hot Chocolate recipe is perfect for any occasion – cozy nights in by the fire, warm afternoons on the porch, or even as dessert after dinner parties.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Don't settle for ordinary hot chocolate - try this Brazilian twist!
Don’t settle for ordinary hot chocolate – try this Brazilian twist!

One of the best things about this Brazilian Hot Chocolate Recipe is that you can prepare it in advance, store it and reheat it when needed. To make the most out of this recipe, I have a few tips and tricks that will help you get perfect results every time.


To make ahead of time, simply prepare the recipe as directed and let it cool to room temperature. Once cooled, transfer the mixture to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days. When ready to serve, reheat the mixture in a saucepan over low heat or in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval until desired temperature is reached.


If you happen to have any leftovers, transfer them into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. For longer storage, freeze the leftover mixture in a freezer-safe container for up to 1 month. To thaw frozen hot chocolate, simply place the container in the refrigerator overnight.


To reheat leftover hot chocolate, transfer it into a saucepan and reheat over low heat while stirring constantly until heated through. Alternatively, you can microwave it in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals until it reaches your desired temperature.

Note: If the mixture has thickened during storage or reheating, simply add more milk or hot water until you reach your desired consistency.

By following these steps for make-ahead, storing and reheating this Brazilian Hot Chocolate recipe, you’ll be able to savor its rich creamy flavors whenever you fancy a cozy and warm beverage.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A decadent drink that will make you forget all your worries.
A decadent drink that will make you forget all your worries.

When it comes to making a perfect Brazilian hot chocolate recipe, it’s important to pay attention to small details that can make a big difference in the final result. Here are some tips to ensure your hot chocolate turns out smooth, creamy and full of flavor.

First and foremost, use high-quality ingredients. The better the quality of your chocolate, cocoa powder and milk, the better the end result will be. Opt for dark baking chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids for richer flavor or milk chocolate if you prefer it sweeter. When selecting cocoa powder, choose unsweetened cocoa powder for a more intense chocolatey taste.

Secondly, make sure your ingredients are properly mixed. To do this, mix your dry ingredients – cocoa powder, sugar and salt – in a separate bowl before mixing them with the wet ingredients. This helps avoid any clumps of cocoa or sugar in your hot chocolate.

Thirdly, cooking time is key. Cook the mixture for at least 10 minutes on low-medium heat until it is thick and creamy consistency. This allows all flavors to release and blend together perfectly forming that rich and creamy mouthfeel characteristic of Brazilian-style hot chocolate.

Using a double boiler is also highly recommended over direct heat as it ensures gentle heating which avoids scorching or burning the mixture as well as preventing any lumps.

Next up, don’t forget to add a dash of vanilla extract to elevate the flavors even further. The subtle flavor notes in vanilla extract help bring out the flavors in the chocolate hence balancing out its boldness while adding richness to the drink.

Lastly, be sure to follow the recipe precisely in terms of measurements and steps without deviations to ensure consistent results every time you make it. With these simple tips, you’ll be able to create a truly amazing Brazilian hot chocolate every time you try!


Before concluding this article, I’ll address some of the frequently asked questions about this decadent Brazilian Hot Chocolate recipe. In this section, I’ll provide you with some tips and tricks that will help you navigate any hurdles you might face while making this drink. Whether you’ve got questions about the ingredients or the proportions, or looking for some suggestions on how to tweak the recipe to your liking, I’ve got you covered. So let’s dive in!

What is the difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa?

When it comes to chocolate-based drinks, there are two main varieties -hot cocoa and hot chocolate. While both are tasty, there are some key differences between them. Hot cocoa usually has a thinner, creamier and sweeter consistency due to the additives it contains. In contrast, true hot chocolate is denser and richer in texture. Additionally, the flavor can have bittersweet notes, depending on the quality and percentage of pure cacao used as the base.

What country makes the best hot chocolate?

When it comes to delicious hot chocolate, certain countries are recognized around the world for their excellence in using high quality cocoa beans and unique preparation techniques. Among these countries are Belgium, Switzerland, and France.

Why does Mexican hot chocolate taste different?

When it comes to hot chocolate, there are different variations across the globe. Mexican hot chocolate, for instance, has a distinct flavor profile owing to the presence of cinnamon, chili and chopped bittersweet chocolate in it. Unlike this, the hot chocolate that is prepared in America has a sweeter taste and is usually made using cocoa powder or chocolate.

What is Aztec hot chocolate made of?

Imagine a delectable mix of cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla, and chili powders coming together to create a rich and smooth taste that gives you a warm and cozy feeling. It’s known as the Aztec Hot Chocolate mix and it’s the perfect beverage to indulge in on a cold day.

Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a decadent and creamy dessert that can warm your body and soul, then Brazilian Hot Chocolate is the perfect recipe for you. It’s easy to make, requires simple ingredients, and provides a heavenly taste that can satisfy even the most demanding chocolate lover.

By using high-quality chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, whole milk, instant coffee, and a pinch of vanilla extract, you can prepare a hot chocolate that’s creamy, smooth, and rich in flavor. Moreover, by adding some ground cinnamon or nutmeg on top, you can enhance the aroma and add a touch of sophistication to your drink.

Whether you’re hosting a cozy movie night with friends or just want to indulge yourself after a long day at work, Brazilian Hot Chocolate is a treat that can elevate your mood and bring happiness to your palate. So why not give it a try? Whip up a batch today and enjoy the creamy goodness of Brazilian Hot Chocolate!

Brazilian Hot Chocolate

Brazilian Hot Chocolate Recipe

I found this in “The Spice Cookbook” by Avanelle Day and Lillie Stuckey. Posted for Zaar World Tour 2005.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Brazilian
Calories 137.1 kcal


  • 2 ounces baking chocolate
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons instant coffee
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 cups hot milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • In a double boiler, melt the chocolate, then stir in the sugar, salt cinnamon and instant coffee.
  • Remove the top of the double boiler and warm over direct heat, adding ¼ c of the hot water, stirring for ½ minute.
  • Then, stirring constantly, add in the rest of the hot water and milk.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  • Serve while still hot.
  • Enjoy!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 180gCalories: 137.1kcalCarbohydrates: 15.5gProtein: 4gFat: 7.9gSaturated Fat: 4.9gCholesterol: 11.4mgSodium: 141.1mgFiber: 1.6gSugar: 8.6g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Brazilian, Easy, Inexpensive, Kid-Friendly, Low Protein, South American, Stove Top, Winter
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.