Super Decadent Hot Chocolate, Barcelona Style – Revisited

decadent vegan hot chocolate

“Good things come in small packages”. Couldn’t agree more. And in our opinion, this is particularly true when it comes to desserts and sweet stuff.

As we learned at a very young age, when something is good, really good, a small portion is plenty to satisfy a sweet craving.

Take this hot chocolate (“Chocolate Caliente”, as we call it in Spain) for instance, a very popular drink people enjoy all year long. It’s  so rich and intense,  a little 4oz mug is really all you need. Not too sweet and packed with antioxidants. Doesn’t get any  better than that.

Dedicated to all of you, fellow chocolate lovers :).

Hope you enjoy it!


Decadent Vegan Hot chocolate

4.8 from 4 reviews
Super Decadent Hot Chocolate, Barcelona Style
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Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Spain
Serves: 2-4oz mugs
  • 5 tbsp good quality pure unsweetened cocoa powder (we like mixing 2 different brands to add complexity to the flavor. Here we used Navitas and Lake Champlain unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 cup water
  1. Combine both cocoa powders, sugar and corn starch in a small bowl
  2. Pour COLD water into a small sauce pan, add vanilla extract (if using) cocoa mixture and start cooking at medium low heat, stirring constantly
  3. Cook until it thickens and serve immediately in two small mugs


Decadent vegan hot chocolate

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26 Responses to Super Decadent Hot Chocolate, Barcelona Style – Revisited

  1. Prag February 7, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    if it tastes as good as it looks on the picture I’m game 🙂

    • Vicky & Ruth February 7, 2013 at 9:30 am #

      Haha, thanks! Well, if you like chocolate, you’ll love it! And if you really want to indulge, you can add a dollop of freshly whipped cream! 🙂

  2. Dina February 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    i love thick hot chocolate. sounds great. i like the idea of using two different kinds of cocoa.
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    • Vicky & Ruth February 9, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

      Thanks!! Using good quality cocoa powder definitely makes a difference. You can try different barns combinations and see which ones works best for you. Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  3. Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or Less!) February 9, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Nice! I love that the recipe is so simple (oh, and that it’s chocolate!). I’ll definitely give it a try!
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    • Vicky & Ruth February 9, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

      Thanks!! Love your chocolate covered strawberries too!!! 🙂

  4. Val February 9, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    A few years ago I visited Spain but never got around to trying the churros con chocolate, and I’ve never forgiven myself for it. I’m so excited I happened upon this recipe!

    • Vicky & Ruth February 9, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

      Nothing beats the authentic Spanish “churros con chocolate”, but this one is pretty close! We hope you get to visit again and try it!

  5. incrediblecrunchyflavor February 9, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    just made this – amazing! perfect little nightcap!

    • Vicky & Ruth February 9, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

      Perfect way to end the day! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  6. Jenny @ BAKE February 10, 2013 at 5:39 am #

    This looks so thick and delicious! this is my favourite kind of hot chocolate
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    • Vicky & Ruth February 10, 2013 at 7:56 am #

      Definitely the perfect treat for chocolate lovers! I bet your shortbread would be perfect to dip in it 🙂

  7. Laurie July 6, 2013 at 1:36 am #

    Just got back from 2 weeks in Spain where we fell in love with chocolate y churros. This recipe is like the best we had in Spain. We’ve shared with friends and family and they love it too. I’m from San Francisco so I use Ghiradelli and Guittard. Muy delicioso!

    • Vicky & Ruth July 7, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

      So jealous!!!THank you so much!! We grew up eating chocolate con churros. Glad you got to enjoy it during your trip!! We have a few traditional Spanish recipes posted on our blog that we hope you’ll enjoy as well 🙂

  8. Alesya December 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    Hi Vicky & Ruth! Thank you for the recipe. My best friend just got back from Barcelona and she was gushing all over your hot chocolate. She also said that there was some special cookie served with it. Would you happen to know the name of that cookie, how to make it or where to buy. Thank you so much!

    • Vicky & Ruth December 19, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

      We always ate hot chocolate with churros, when we lived in Barcelona, that’s the traditional way. So we don’t know what cookie your friend ate. Can you be more specific about the cookie, flavor, shape, name so we know which one you are referring to. With more information we may be able to help you better. Give this chocolate a try it is our of this world good!

  9. cigdem February 12, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    I remember we bought a powder mix in Barcelona
    and they told us to make it with milk
    so did we, and it tasted well

    is it ok to make your recipe with milk too?

    • Vicky & Ruth February 12, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

      Yes you can use milk with this recipe. We just like the intense chocolate flavor and we didn’t think it needed milk. Please let us know how it comes out if you try it.

    • Muir October 24, 2015 at 5:03 pm #

      Hi I also bought a powdered mix from Brunells in Barcelona but do not have the recipe to make it . I thought they said milk but not how much . wondering if this is the same mix and what the formula would be.


      • Vicky & Ruth October 27, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

        This recipe is actually made with water, we asked the store how they made theirs and we made our own version with a variety of cocoa powders available in the US. I am sure you can try it with milk as well. Let us know if you do. Cheers!

  10. Ashley December 31, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    This is my favorite hot chocolate recipe!! I have been using it for months. Thank you 🙂

  11. Lluís April 14, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

    It’s funny that you call it Barcelona style when chocolate and churros are not typical from Catalunya.
    I’m from Barcelona. Nice recipe though.

    • Vicky & Ruth April 14, 2015 at 4:56 pm #

      Nosotras también crecimos en Barcelona, y cada vez que volvemos nos tomamos un chocolate con churros en la calle Petrixol y estábamos describiendo nuestra visita a Barcelona. Que origen tiene el chocolate con churros?


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