Rich, thick hot chocolate is made even more delicious with the addition of Earl Grey, giving it a lovely citrus twist. It’s surprisingly easy to make from scratch.
Earl Grey Hot Chocolate
You may think you’ve had the best hot chocolate, but I’m sorry to be the one to break it to you, this is actually the very best.
Once you’ve had this version, you won’t be able to go back to watery, powdered hot chocolates. This is the real deal.
- Earl Grey and chocolate are delicious together.
- It’s easy to make! All you need to do is heat and stir.
- It’s basically melted down chocolate. THICK. RICH. DECADENT.
- The cream topping takes this to another level of goodness.
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What is Earl Grey Tea?
Earl Grey is a black tea flavored with bergamot, a citrus fruit. It’s the citrus that gives Earl Grey that signature bright pop of flavor.
Adding Earl Grey flavors to the hot chocolate gives it a delicious citrus and tea flavored hot chocolate.
My Earl Grey Pick:
Questions You May Have
Is there caffeine in an Earl Grey hot chocolate?
Yes! There’s caffeine in the black tea in Earl Grey and also in the chocolate itself.
Loose tea, tea bags, or tea sachets?
For this recipe, I recommend using tea sachets since the tea in sachets are better quality than tea in tea bags. Loose tea is the best quality.
I’m using tea bags. How many do I use?
Replace the 2 tea sachets in this recipe with 3 Earl Grey tea bags.
I’m using loose tea. How much do I use?
Replace the 2 tea sachets in this recipe with 1 tablespoon of loose Earl Grey. Use a tea filter to make it easier and mess-free.
Can I use chocolate chips instead?
Yes, you can replace the finely chopped chocolate bar with semi-sweet chocolate chips instead. Chop the chocolate chips or get the mini sized ones, which will melt down faster.
Earl Grey Hot Chocolate Tips
- Cream topping is best when it’s only slightly whipped and the heavy cream has thickened a bit. Whip until you get soft peaks.
- Don’t boil the heavy cream and milk. Just bring it to a simmer to avoid burning the milk.
- If you don’t have a handheld milk frother, you can whip the heavy cream using an immersion blender.
What You’ll Need
How to Make It
STEP 1: Heat milk and heavy cream.
In a saucepan, heat milk and 1/2 cup heavy cream on low heat until small bubbles form along the sides of the pan. Take off heat.
STEP 2: Steep Earl Grey in hot milk for 10 minutes. Discard tea sachets.
STEP 3: Return to low heat and stir in chocolate, sugar, and salt.
Into the Earl Grey milk, stir in the finely chopped chocolate, sugar, and salt until chocolate has completely melted.
STEP 4: Whip cream topping.
To make the cream topping, combine 1/3 heavy cream and 1/2 teaspoon sugar in a tall cup. Whisk using a handheld milk frother until the cream thickens. It should take seconds. Don’t whisk until stiff peaks form.
STEP 5: Divide hot chocolate into two cups and top each with cream topping.
Once you have your first sip, you’ll never go back to drinking plain old hot chocolate ever again.
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Earl Grey Hot Chocolate
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 5 oz. dark chocolate, finely chopped + shaved for garnish
- 2 Earl Grey tea sachets
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Heat milk and heavy cream.
In a saucepan, simmer milk and 1/2 cup heavy cream on low heat until small bubbles form along the sides of the pan. Take off heat.
- Steep Earl Grey in hot milk for 10 minutes. Discard tea sachets.
- Return to low heat and stir in chocolate, sugar, and salt.
Stir until chocolate has completely melted.
- Whip cream topping.
To make the cream topping, combine 1/3 heavy cream and 1/2 teaspoon sugar in a tall cup. Whisk using a handheld milk frother until cream thickens. It should take seconds. Stop before stiff peaks form.
- Divide hot chocolate into two cups and top each with cream topping. Shaved chocolate to top of cream.