Cardamom Hot Chocolate

February 10, 2011

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: Restorative after being out in subzero temps. I used cardamom, but you could use any spice that struck your fancy.motease

Food52 Review: WHO: Motease is a former dairy hand, kitchen hand, lab rat, and product development tech. She lives in Maine.
WHAT: An easy hot chocolate recipe to have up your sleeve all winter long.
HOW: Melt chocolate with a little butter, then whisk in cardamom-infused milk.
WHY WE LOVE IT: We've always been fans of cardamom and chocolate, and this recipe reminds us why. Plus, the teensy bit of butter adds a level of richness that milk and chocolate just can't get on their own.
The Editors

Serves: 1


  • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 green cardamom pods, crushed with the back of a knife
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
In This Recipe


  1. In a small saucepan, heat milk and cardamom pods over medium-low heat. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat butter and chocolate in another saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until smooth.
  3. Whisking constantly, add hot milk in a steady stream. Remove from heat and remove cardamom pods. Stir in vanilla and serve immediately.
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Reviews (16) Questions (0)

16 Reviews

essies January 13, 2019
Full disclosure: I didn't follow this exact recipe but I did use the proportion of dark chocolate (16g) to milk (1c), with erythritol and stevia, and it was perfect for a delicious cup of hot chocolate. I usually make cocoa and that tends to be too rich for my kids but they loved the hot chocolate I made following these proportions of chocolate to milk. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
Nancy January 6, 2015
for weight of grated chocolate (or many other ingredients) check usda nutrient database, or similar db. they say grated chocolate is 132 grams/cup, so your 2 tbsp (which = 1 oz or 1/8 cup) tip the scales at about 16g
[email protected] January 6, 2015
How do you measure 2 Tbsp chocolate? Anyone know the equivalent weight measurement?
Nancy December 26, 2014
Stroeckc - I recognized the pot as I have one in yellow. Enamel coated steel. Works beautifully. Here's a link:
stroeckc December 14, 2014
Hi where do i find this beautiful pitcher?
Author Comment
motease December 22, 2014
Not sure, this is Food52's photo, they might have it in their Provisions shop.
Margo L. December 10, 2014
This is my simple recipe that is a hit with all kids -
Lapic O. October 23, 2014
Lovely, I started making mine lately with star anise , it's divine !
Lord A. October 5, 2014
What's the best brand of chocolate for this recipe?
Author Comment
motease October 7, 2014
I use Callebaut, but I would use the best quality chocolate you can afford.
christina A. February 5, 2014
can you use powdered cardamom....(she asks hesitantly)
Author Comment
motease February 11, 2014
Yes! I would use a scant amount of spice and add to taste. It might effect the texture, but you don't know until you try.
MQAvatar December 26, 2013
I love the addition of butter. Can't wait to try this. I might try toasting the cardamom too.
Author Comment
motease February 11, 2014
Toasting the cardamom is a great idea!
CottageGourmet February 11, 2011
This sounds delightful! I love spicing up hot chocolate -- usually with a cinnamon stick -- but this lends a new and exotic twist! Thank you for the recipe/idea.
Author Comment
motease February 12, 2011
I love to play with spices. Thanks! :)