Stout Hot Chocolate

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  • Difficulty 1
  • Prep Time 5 mins
  • Cook Time 10 mins
  • Serves 2
  • Difficulty 1
  • Prep Time 5 mins
  • Cook Time 10 mins
  • Serves 2
You’re never too old for a cozy cup of hot chocolate — just make it a grown-up version. This warmer-upper is perfect for chilling fireside when the weather outside is frightful. Reducing the stout a little on the stove brings out its creaminess, which makes it a love match with the milky base. Adding chocolate and cocoa powder creates a one-two punch of fudgy flavour.


  • 1 330 mL bottle stout
  • 4 tsp (20 mL) granulated sugar (approx)
  • 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) whole milk
  • 60 g semisweet chocolate, chopped (about 1/3 cup/80 mL)
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) cocoa powder
  • Whipped cream, marshmallows or chocolate shavings (optional)


  1. 1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring stout to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to medium and whisk until bubbles subside. Simmer, whisking occasionally, until stout is reduced by one-quarter (about 1 cup/250 mL will remain), 5 to 6 minutes.
  2. 2. Whisk in sugar until dissolved, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Whisk in milk and bring to a very gentle simmer, whisking often to prevent burning and to keep a skin from forming on the surface. Whisk in chocolate and cocoa powder until melted and smooth.
  3. 3. Divide between 2 mugs. Serve as is, or top with whipped cream, marshmallows or chocolate shavings (if using).

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