Christmas Hot Chocolate

  • 5MINS
  • 10MINS
  • Serves 2
  • 185KCAL

There’s nothing more certain to bring festive cheer than a mug of this spiced Christmas Hot Chocolate. Creamy and rich, topped with a swirl of aerosol cream, mini marshmallows and sugar sprinkles, you’d never guess it could be so slimming friendly.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories185
  • Carbs29g
  • Protein9.7g
  • Fat4.5g
  • Saturates2.8g
  • Sugars21g

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Imagine coming home from a frosty winter walk to a steaming hot mug of this Christmas Hot Chocolate. Topped with a swirl of aerosol cream, mini marshmallows and some red and green sugar sprinkles, it’s guaranteed to be a welcome sight. 

Simmered with a cinnamon stick, cloves, orange zest and ginger, this silky chocolate drink is infused with delicious, warming spices. Those festive flavours really ramp up the cosy vibes, so you can get comfy, put on a Christmas film and start sipping. 

Using skimmed milk, sweetener and reduced-fat aerosol cream helps to keep the calories down, without making this drink taste any less indulgent. Unlike the loaded hot chocolates that you can buy from the coffee shop, this version comes in at just 185 calories. It’s a special treat, but it won’t take you off track if you’re trying to follow a diet plan like Weight Watchers. 

For anyone who doesn’t mind adding a few extra calories, try a dusting of grated chocolate or a crushed candy cane sprinkled over the top. One sip and you’re sure to be feeling more festive!

What diets is this Christmas Hot Chocolate suitable for?

This Christmas Hot Chocolate can be enjoyed on gluten free and vegetarian diets. This recipe can also be made dairy free, as long as you substitute the skimmed milk and aerosol cream for suitable dairy-free alternatives. 

If you’re cooking for people with allergies, please be extra careful when checking ingredients and preparing food.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Christmas Hot Chocolate recipe?

Weight Watchers’ new PersonalPoints plan calculates each individual’s Points allowance based on their unique food preferences and goals. This means we’re no longer able to offer exact WW points for our recipes.

The good news is that all of our recipes are still Weight Watchers friendly! If you have any questions about your Points budgets or you’re unsure how a certain recipe will fit into your plan, please reach out to Weight Watchers directly.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Christmas Hot Chocolate?

You won’t need anything out of the ordinary to make this recipe. All of the ingredients should be easy to find in your usual supermarket. 

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How many calories are in this Christmas Hot Chocolate?

There are 185 calories per portion in this Christmas Hot Chocolate, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

This Christmas Hot Chocolate is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Add all the hot chocolate ingredients to a small saucepan and mix.

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Step 2

Set the pan on a very low heat and heat for 10 minutes, whisking throughout. The milk should be steaming and just starting to bubble.

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Step 3

Strain the milk into your mugs and discard the cloves and cinnamon stick.

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Step 4

Add a swirl of aerosol cream and sprinkle over the marshmallows and sugar sprinkles. Serve!

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What could I serve with this Christmas Hot Chocolate?

This rich, creamy Christmas Hot Chocolate is decadent all on its own, although you could serve it with one of our other festive recipes for an extra special treat. 

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How do you know when Christmas Hot Chocolate is cooked?

You should heat this Christmas Hot Chocolate until the milk is steaming and starting to bubble. This will take around 10 minutes.

Here in the UK, the standard advice is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and maintained that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep you and your family safe! 

How long can you keep Christmas Hot Chocolate in the fridge?

This recipe is perfect for making in big batches and keeping in the fridge. You can reheat leftover Christmas Hot Chocolate when you need a festive treat in a hurry. 

Allow any leftovers to cool, before refrigerating in a container with a lid. You can keep leftovers of Christmas Hot Chocolate in the fridge for approximately 3 days. 

Can I freeze Christmas Hot Chocolate?

We wouldn’t recommend freezing this recipe. 

How do I reheat Christmas Hot Chocolate?

Reheat in a pan over a low heat until the hot chocolate is steaming and starting to bubble. Alternatively, place in a microwave-safe mug in the microwave until piping hot. Add the aerosol cream and toppings right before serving. 

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Christmas Hot Chocolate

There’s nothing more certain to bring festive cheer than a mug of this spiced Christmas Hot Chocolate. Creamy and rich, topped with a swirl of aerosol cream, mini marshmallows and sugar sprinkles, you’d never guess it could be so slimming friendly.
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    10 MINS
  • KCals 185
  • Carbs 29G

Ingredients

For the hot chocolate

  • 400 ml skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4-5 tsp white granulated sweetener, to taste
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 10 cloves
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ tsp ground ginger

For the topping

  • 30 g mini marshmallows
  • ½ tsp red and green sugar sprinkles
  • 2 swirls of reduced-fat aerosol cream

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Instructions

  1. Add all the hot chocolate ingredients to a small saucepan and mix.
  2. Set the pan on a very low heat and heat for 10 minutes, whisking throughout. The milk should be steaming and just starting to bubble.
  3. Strain the milk into your mugs and discard the cloves and cinnamon stick.
  4. Add a swirl of aerosol cream and sprinkle over the marshmallows and sugar sprinkles. Serve!

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