It’s that time of year again when the well-known coffee shop chains have brought out their festive drink menus. A particularly popular one seems to be the Black Forest Hot Chocolate from Costa. I have to admit, this is definitely my favourite! So much so that I even made a cake version of it. You can read that recipe HERE if you want to give that a go.
Sometimes though, you just don’t want to have to go to Costa for one. You want one in the comfort of your own home, with your PJs on and your feet up watching a film. Well the good news is they are really easy to make. Costa have slightly changed their recipe over the past couple of years. They now use a sour cherry syrup on top. I prefer the version they used to make, and so this recipe is for the older version.
You might be surprised to learn that the actual hot chocolate part was flavoured with blackberry syrup, not cherry or Black Forest syrup as you would expect. I did once accidentally make it with cherry, and while it was still gorgeous, it wasn’t as good as it is with blackberry. To get the same wonderful taste that Costa gets, you also need to use the same brand of syrups, Monin. I have been a huge fan of Monin syrups for a long time. They have a huge array of flavours available, but for this recipe you will need just two: Blackberry syrup and Cherry syrup. (I’ll put links up at the end for a great place to buy these at a good price).
I make mine using a Tassimo coffee machine and the Cadbury Hot Chocolate pods. If you don’t have a Tassimo machine though you can just use 215 ml of your preferred hot chocolate. (Or look out for a machine in the January sales – they are around £40 at the moment so will probably be even cheaper soon).
You can make this in a mug if you want, but I think they look fabulous in a latte glass. You can pick these up really cheaply from most homeware shops or Amazon.
My final tip is about the topping. Costa use chocolate curls to decorate theirs. I have done that a few times myself (easily done by scraping a vegetable peeler down the side of a block of chocolate) but we much prefer to just crush up a Cadbury Flake. One full-sized Flake will give you enough chocolate for 3 drinks, or 2 if you like extra hehe.
The recipe below makes 1 drink.
BLACK FOREST HOT CHOCOLATE
1 tbsp Monin Blackberry Syrup
215 ml hot chocolate (or 1 Tassimo Cadbury Hot Chocolate pod if using)
Monin Cherry Syrup
chocolate curls, or broken-up Cadbury Flake to decorate
- If using a Tassimo machine – place 1 tbsp blackberry syrup into a latte glass. Follow the easy machine instructions to make the hot chocolate, allowing it to pour straight into the latte glass with the syrup in. Stir well.
- If not using a Tassimo – make 215 ml of hot chocolate in a latte glass according to the instructions on the brand you are using. Add 1 tbsp blackberry syrup, and stir well.
- Shake the squirty cream can well and make a big swirl on top of the hot chocolate.
- Drizzle some cherry syrup over the cream and then top with chocolate curls or Flake.
I must warn you though, this drink is very filling so don’t have one before a meal.
I buy my Monin syrups from Udal Supplies as they are quick to deliver and priced well.
The Blackberry syrup is available HERE
The Cherry syrup is available HERE
I also find that it helps to have a bottle pourer to make drizzling the syrup easier. If you search for ‘Monin Pourer’ on the website you will see a range of them to buy. (I have the black pourer which costs £1.80).
The syrups cost around £6.20 per bottle but the bottles hold 70cl, so you can make around 46 hot chocolates! I’d say around £12.40 for 46 of your favourite hot chocolate drinks is a bargain, especially when you realise that 46 in Costa would set you back over £150!!!!!! You’re welcome 🙂
DISCLAIMER: There are no affiliate links in this post and I receive no compensation in any form from Udal Supplies. It is just my preferred place to buy the syrups so I like to recommend good companies. Likewise I recommend Monin for authenticity and quality; I receive no compensation from them either.