Is a milk frother good for hot chocolate? Can you use a milk frother to make hot chocolate?

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Two questions. Two easy answers.

Not only can you use a milk frother to make hot chocolate you should always use your frother when you want a rich, creamy cup of chocolate. Using a frother will take your nightly treat to a whole new level. And it’s so easy to do. So, is a milk frother good for hot chocolate? You bet it is.

To be honest if you want to make luxurious hot chocolate at home without any hassle you have two choices: either a bespoke hot chocolate maker or a milk frother. A milk frother wins in terms of cost, versatility, and time.

Chocolate or powder?

The first thing you need to decide when making hot chocolate with a milk frother is whether you are going to use real chocolate or powder. But it’s so easy to use real chocolate for a fantastic and luxurious drink. Why would you want to use powder?

Chunky choc is best for luxury hot chocolate

However, I do realise that sometimes it’s easier to just crack open a jar of cocoa or hot chocolate powder. With that in mind, we’ll look at how to make hot chocolate with a milk frother with both powder and real chocolate. Stay tuned.

How to use a milk frother to make hot chocolate

If you’re unfamiliar with milk frothers the first thing to say is that there are four different types. You can learn more by reading this article: What is a Milk Frother and FAQs. However, not all milk frothers are good for hot chocolate. Let me explain.

The best milk frother for hot chocolate

There are several options which we’ll discuss shortly but personally, I always use a handheld milk frother to make my hot chocolate. And I always use a handheld milk frother with real chocolate. Here’s why.

With this type of milk frother you can make a great hot chocolate very quickly. You can check out my preferred method in the video below. It’s only a short video but the step-by-step process is below.

Making hot chocolate with a handheld frother and real chocolate

This is so easy to do, so quick and most importantly so delicious. Why would you do it any other way?

1 Decide on your chocolate

I’ve used cooking chocolate, which is ridiculously cheap, but you could use any chocolate really. Use your favourite bar either in chunks or shave curls from the bar. Pop around 30grams of chocolate into a heat resistant and microwave proof glass jug.

2 Add your milk

Pour 250ml of whole milk into the jug. I use whole milk as it gives a creamy, rich texture when frother.

3 Heat the milk and chocolate

Put the glass jug into the microwave and heat on full power for 120-140 seconds (you may need to experiment with the timing but be careful not to burn the chocolate and milk).

Remove the jug from the microwave and give the milk a quick stair to ensure no chocolate is stuck to the bottom of the jar.

4 Make your hot chocolate

Now the fun part. Take your milk frother and insert the whisk head into the warm chocolate milk. Switch on the frother and rotate the whisk head around the milk for 30 seconds or so.

5 Decant into a mug

Finally pour your frothed hot chocolate into a mug or cup and enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate. You can flavour your hot chocolate by adding a syrup to your mug or glass before pouring in the hot milk.

With this method you’ll have a wonderful tasting drink in just three minutes and, as you can see from the video, it’s an extremely straightforward process.

Creamy hot chocolate thanks to your milk frother

Making hot chocolate with a handheld frother and powder

If you’re using powder, it’s an even simpler process.

1 – Add 250ml of whole milk to a jug and heat in the microwave (or saucepan on a stove if you prefer).
2 – Add your hot chocolate powder to the milk.
3 – Take your handheld milk frother and froth the milk for around 30 seconds.
4 – Decant into a mug or glass and enjoy.

As you can see you certainly can use a milk frother to make hot chocolate. We’ll discuss the other types of milk frother and their choccy suitability shortly. But if you want to start making hot chocolate with a milk frother I would heartily recommend the Zulay Milk Boss.

It’s incredibly cheap, very dependable and, most importantly, it’s great for making hot chocolate.

Is an electric milk frother good for hot chocolate?

Interesting question. Is an electric milk frother good for hot chocolate? Yes. And no. Let me explain.

A very few electric milk frothers have a special hot chocolate function. Making your drink is a simple 5-step process:

1 – Select the hot chocolate programme.
2 – Pour your milk into the frother.
3 – Add chocolate flakes.
4 – Select your temperature.
5 – Click start.

That’s it. In around two minutes you’ll have a genuinely nice hot chocolate mix ready to decant into your mug of choice.

The downside to this is that these frothers are quite expensive. You’re looking towards £100 ($125). Which is a lot when you compare it to £15 ($19) for a top of the range handheld frother or around £35 ($44) for a standard electric milk frother.

If you want a premium milk frother that is good for hot chocolate I would recommend the Severin SM3587.

If you have a standard electric milk frother DO NOT use real chocolate flakes – despite what you may read elsewhere on the internet.

These frothers are not designed to work with chocolate and at best you’ll end up with a gooey mess because the chocolate hasn’t melted and at worst, you’ll fry your machine.

Most electric milk frother manufacturers explicitly warn against using them to make hot chocolate.

Using an electric milk frother with hot chocolate powder

Again, this is something most manufacturers frown upon though I have used this method. Again, it’s a straightforward process with the electric milk frother doing all the work.

1 – Select the heat milk programme.
2 – Pour your milk into the frother.
3 – Add chocolate powder.
4 – Click start.
5 – When the programme finishes pour your drink into a mug and enjoy.

The frother will mix and heat the chocolate and milk leaving you with a very creamy cup of hot chocolate.

Using a manual milk frother to make hot chocolate

With a manual frother the foam is made by pumping the plunger on the lid of the device. It’s a surprisingly effective way to froth milk.

Using a manual frother to make hot chocolate is the same as with a handheld device.

If using real chocolate:

1 – Put 30 grams of chocolate chunks into the frother’ s jug (assuming it’s microwave proof).
2 – Add 250ml of whole milk to the jug.
3 – Heat the milk and chocolate for around two minutes.
4 – Remove the jug from the microwave, give the mixture a brief stair, then fit the lid of the frother onto the jug.
5 – Pump the plunger for around thirty seconds to create your thick, creamy hot chocolate.
6 – Pour your hot chocolate into a mug

If using powder:

1 – Add 250ml of whole milk to a frother’ s jug and heat in the microwave.
2 – Add the hot chocolate powder to the milk.
3 – Pop the lid back on the frother and pump the plunger for 30 seconds.
4 – Decant your hot chocolate into a mug or glass and enjoy.

If you want to use a manual milk frother to make your hot chocolate (and they are great fun) I’d highly recommend the Bodum Latteo.

This great frother has a heat resistant glass jug and a superior plunger.

So – is a milk frother good for hot chocolate?

I think we’ve demonstrated that the answer to that question is a definite yes. Personally, I always use real chocolate and a handheld milk frother.

However, way back at the start of this article we mentioned that you do have the option of forsaking your milk frother and using a bespoke hot chocolate maker.

Hot chocolate makers

There’s a couple of things to consider there. One, hot chocolate makers aren’t cheap and two, there are very few different devices to choose from.

In truth there is only one option; and that is the Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser.

There have been one or two imitations, but nothing compares to the Velvetiser, and I use mine at least once a week when I want a hot chocolate treat.

The Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser
The Velvetiser

The Velvetiser is great but expensive – around £100 and the individual sachets of flavoured chocolate flakes aren’t cheap either. On a cost per cup basis a cup of hot chocolate from the Velvetiser is around six times that then if you used real chocolate and a milk frother.

You pay your money, and you make your choice. But, if you do want to buy a bespoke hot chocolate maker, I would definitely recommend the Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser.

Final word on Can you use a milk frother to make hot chocolate?

After all we’ve said here, I hope you’ve been convinced that a milk frother is good for hot chocolate. In fact, it’s more than good.

Go on – don’t hold back any longer. Grab yourself a handful of chocolate, a splash of milk, and a milk frother. Enjoy delicious hot chocolate whenever you want it.

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