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! 

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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

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course cocktail
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Calories 149 kcal


  • 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. 


Serving: 1gCalories: 149kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 8gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 105mgSugar: 12g
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2 thoughts on “Steamed Hot Chocolate”

    1. I have a solution for you. If you do not have a frother, you can either poor hot (but not boiling!) milk into a blender and blend until you start seeing foam. The other way is a bit more manual, you can poor the hot milk in a jar and shake well. Just make sure to not fill up the jar completely. That should do the trick!

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