German Hot Chocolate — Sweet, creamy, and oh-so-warming during the cold seasons! This German recipe will give you Christmas Market vibes from the comfort of your home. It is made with pantry staples, is entirely plant-based, and is ready in just minutes.
💡 The recipe in a nutshell
- A classic German drink made plant-based
- Vegan (eggless and dairy free)
- Quick and easy
- Ready in just minutes
- Creamy, sweet, and warming
🍫 Difference between German and American hot chocolate
In German, we call hot chocolate "Kakao". It translates simply to cocoa, meaning either the bean, the powder, or hot cocoa. "Kakao" can be drunk hot or cold, and is made out of cocoa powder, or cocoa powder mixes. "Mit Schuss" means that it has a shot of schnapps or liquor like Amaretto added. That is especially popular during Christmas time and a great alternative on your next Christmas Market visit if you don't like Glühwein!
As you see, it’s not exactly the same as a classic American hot chocolate, which uses real chocolate (like a chocolate bar) that is melted and stirred into milk, or water. By the way, in German, we call that "Heiße Schokolade".
Just like regular hot chocolate, you can serve 'Kakao' in many variations. Here are some serving and variation ideas:
- 'Mit Schuss' - add schnapps or liquor
- Top with vegan marshmallows, or sweet popcorn
- Add a pinch of chili, or other spices such as nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, peppermint or ginger
- Top with vegan whipped cream
- Orange zest
- Crumbles of Biscoff, Lebkuchen or gingerbread
- Top with caramel, chocolate or pumpkin syrup
- Use hot tea instead of plant milk such as Earl Grey, or Matcha
German Hot Chocolate — Kakao Mit Schuss (vegan)
- sauce pan, whisk, stove top
For the drink:
- 500 ml plant milk of your choice* (2 cups + 1 ½ tbsp)
- 2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoon amaretto liquor (if you want alcohol free leave out)
- sweetener of choice, if needed
- 6 vegan marshmallows, or whipped cream
- chocolate syrup, cinnamon sticks, and anise stars as decoration - scroll up in the blog post for more variation ideas
- Mix plant milk, cocoa powder, and (if using) amaretto in a saucepan with a whisk, then bring to a boil. Turn down heat to a gentle simmer. Sweeten if wished.
- Pour hot cocoa into a cup and garnish as desired. Drink hot as is, or serve with cookies.
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