Steamed Hot Chocolate

Using just one square of high-quality chocolate and frothed milk, this steamed hot chocolate is as luxurious as it is simple! 

A mug of steamed hot chocolate, piled high with marshmallows and peppermint candy.

When we moved back from Germany, I brought plenty of recipes with me, including this one. German-style steamed hot chocolate, which we first had at the Ritter Sport Chocolate Factory, is going to be a winter favorite for years to come.

We were lucky enough to live near the Ritter factory and would often go there to stock up on chocolate and maybe have a bite to eat. I always love to get a behind the scenes look at where my food comes from.

My kids immediately fell in love with this steamed hot chocolate, and the whole process at the cafe. A square of chocolate goes in the bottom of the mug, and warm milk is poured over top, almost like a hot chocolate cappuccino. Even when stirred, this stays foamy. I am really excited to share this with you!

steamed hot chocolate recipe

Steamed Hot Chocolate Ingredients//

Chocolate: Luckily, I can still get our beloved Ritter chocolate here in the states, but there are so many other options! The key is to have a high-quality piece of chocolate, which will be far richer and smoother. Of course, if you have a great local chocolatier that is a great choice. 

Milk: Any and all milks work here, including full fat and 1%. If you are looking for an alternative, coconut and oat milk are the creamiest when warm.

Frother: I bought this milk frother a few years ago and I have most certainly gotten my money’s worth. (Here is a less expensive option that gets great reviews.) If you don’t have, or want, one of these you can warm the milk on the stove. Then, you can froth with a fork or whisk! Though, you do have to work fast to make sure it doesn’t cool too much! 

How to Make // The Steps

  • Once you have picked out your chocolate, pick out your most exciting mug and plop your chocolate right in!

A mug near two unwrapped squares of chocolate

  • Next, use your steamer to froth your milk, and keep a spoon nearby for the foam!
  • Pour the hot milk over the chocolate, and spoon some of the frothy goodness on top.

A mug of steamed hot chocolate, topped with frothed milk.

  • Let it sit for a minute or two and stir.
  • Add any toppings you may want and get ready to enjoy. 

A mug of hot chocolate with available toppings nearby in bowls

What makes this steamed hot chocolate recipe so good? //

  • Simple: With this only taking a few minutes, using only two ingredients, it can be made any time. 
  • Kid-friendly: After learning how to use the frother, or a whisk, this is a really simple thing for kids to make on their own. Of course, if they can start making them for you as well, it’s even better! 
  • Lower sugar: Since this is using a small amount of high-quality chocolate, there is no need for added sugars. Compared to store-bought hot chocolate mix, this is a much healthier option.
  • Great for gatherings: A simple alternative to an after-dinner coffee, this steamed hot chocolate is great for family dinners or holiday parties.
  • Lots of mix-ins and variations! A make-your-own steamed hot chocolate station will be a hit with visitors and family alike. I have some suggestions for what to stock below!

A shot from above of steamed hot chocolate, overflowing with marshmallows and peppermint candies

Serving and Reheating Ideas //

  • At the Ritter Sport Chocolate Factory, they serve hot chocolate is with a warm, salted pretzel. The salty/sweet combination is incredible with this simple drink, so if you can pair this with a salty treat, you’ll be in heaven!
  • If you have leftovers (a rare occurrence, I am sure) you can cover the mug and store this for up to a day in the refrigerator. However, it should be mentioned that the texture of this will change after being chilled. It will still be delicious, though! 
  • You can reheat in 30 second increments in the microwave, to avoid bringing it to a boil. 

Variations and Mix-Ins //

  • Crushed peppermint is awesome added to the mug along with the chocolate square.
  • Drizzle some caramel sauce in the mug before adding the milk. 
  • Whipped cream (as well as flavored whipped cream) is not used in Germany, but we love to add it to ours! 
  • Sprinkles and chocolate flakes added to the top will melt down into the steamed hot chocolate as you drink it. 
  • Make some snowman marshmallow hot chocolate toppers for some extra fun! 

More Chocolate Recipes //

Originally published in February 2018, updated November 2020 with updated images and updated recipe card.

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A milk steamer, mug of steamed hot chocolate, and bowl of marshmallows at a hot chocolate station.

Steamed Hot Chocolate topped with marshmallows and peppermint candies

Steamed Hot Chocolate

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

Using just one square of high-quality chocolate and frothed milk, this steamed hot chocolate is as luxurious as it is simple! 


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 squares (1/2 oz. to 1 oz.) chocolate of your choice


Use a milk frother to steam and froth milk. 

Add a piece of chocolate to each cup. 

Pour milk evenly between the two cups. Let sit for 1-2 minutes.

Stir gently and top with whipped cream. 


You can use any kind of chocolate you like. Milk, dark, peppermint, anything you like. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 105mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 8g

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This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. Amanda

    Hot chocolate is one of my favorite things about cold weather. My office is often cold so I keep the instant type in my desk since I don’t drink coffee. This sounds so good!! I may need to buy a milk frother just for hot chocolate making.

    1. bakedbree

      Do it! It’s makes amazing hot chocolate!

  2. bluetooth windows 10

    Steamed hot chocolate great concept i am into it.We are in hurry to cook it as soon as possible.

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you! It’s life changing!

  3. myreview center

    Wow, This looks yummy and perfect for the cold whether. I will tri it for sure. Then I need a milk frother.

    1. bakedbree

      It’s good to have. Hot chocolates. Lattes. Cappuccinos. So many good coffee drinks can be made with one.

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  6. Jim

    Hot chocolate need to be thick and chocolatey a small amount of raw chocolate and a little cream go along way.

  7. Crycket

    what temperature are you heating the milk to?

    1. Bree Hester

      About 140°.

  8. Nikita

    Can a blender substitute a frother?

    1. Bree Hester

      I don’t know to be honest, you can get one of those little handheld ones for a few dollars. It’s worth having if you like a warm drink.

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