The best hot chocolate maker

If you’re looking for the best hot chocolate maker you can use at home you’ve got a few different options. The first is to buy one of the very few bespoke hot chocolate makers. The second, and much cheaper option, is to use a milk frother. The third is to consider one of the ‘pod type’ coffee makers. Keurig, Nescafe Dolce Gusto and Nespresso are just some of the coffee makers for which you can buy hot chocolate pods.

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Best hot chocolate makerHotel Chocolat Velvetiser.
Best milk frother for hot chocolateSeverin SM 3587

The best hot chocolate maker – your choices

Using a milk frother as a hot chocolate maker

Because there was basically no alternative I’ve previously recommended the Zulay Milk Boss as one of the best hot chocolate makers. Not anymore. When it comes to milk frothers the Severin SM 3587 is the new king of the block. This is an awesome milk frother and, unlike just about every other frother out there, it has a proper hot chocolate function. It is a genuine hot chocolate maker.

By a ‘proper’ hot chocolate programme I mean you can use chocolate chunks in this frother without having to firstly melt them in the microwave or on the hob. This also means you’re not restricted to using powdered hot chocolate. This is a game changer.

Severin SM 3587 – the best hot chocolate maker?

OK – here’s the thing. If you’re looking for speed and as little fuss as possible a handheld device such as the Zulay Milk Boss is still the easiest milk frother to use when making hot chocolate.

Our video shows the process and, as you can see, it really is simple.

But, if you want to step up your game, love your gadgets and want a milk frother that literally does it all, the Severin SM 3587 is the one for you.

Must read article: Which is the best Severin milk frother?

So what makes the Severin SM 3587 stand out? Apart from the catchy name that is. It’s very high tech – at least for a milk frother. It has 13 programmes to choose from with temperature controls and you can select anything from hot foam to protein shakes to cappuccino. But, and this is the point, it also has a special hot chocolate function.

Almost uniquely among milk frothers you can pop chunks or flakes of chocolate into the jug and it will automatically make a frothy, creamy and very tasty hot chocolate in around two minutes flat.

Using the frother is so easy. Pour the milk into the jug, add your chocolate and select the hot chocolate function via the rotary dial on the front of the frother. Then just sit back while the Severin frother does its thing.

It doesn’t get much easier than that. And cleaning up afterwards is a doddle as well. The stainless steel jug is removable and you can either simply rinse it out or pop it in the dishwasher.

The downside of the Severin frother is its price. It costs around the same as the Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser but of course it does much more.

As hot chocolate makers go, the Severin has definitely got the edge over other automatic milk frothers. The hot chocolate function makes it stand out and it really is such an easy way to make a coffee shop quality drink.

You can learn more about the Severin milk frother and check its latest price here..

We’ve reviewed many milk frothers on this website. The clue’s in our name. The good news is you can use any of them to make hot chocolate.

What’s more the process of making hot chocolate at home is quite simple. But how you make your hot chocolate will depend on the type of milk frother you use.

Must read article: Best milk frother for hot chocolate

rothy hot chocolate in in a cup


A word about milk

Before we look at the different milk frothers you can use let’s quickly address the issue of which milk to use. Whole full fat milk delivers the best froth. The fats and proteins in the milk hold the milk together when it is aerated by the frother. This creates the dense froth you want for hot chocolate and coffees like cappuccino and latte. You can use semi-skimmed milk in your frother but it won’t work as well.

What about vegan milk?

Good question. Vegan milk doesn’t froth very well because it lacks the fats of dairy milk. However, a range of barista blend vegan milk has been developed which works brilliantly. Oat and almond are the best ones to use but there are lots of other options including pea, hemp, soya etc. See our guide to barista blend milk for frothers for more information.

Ok, back to the milk frothers.

Handheld milk frothers

There are a couple of ways you can use these nifty little devices.

zulay milk boss horizontal view


The first is to add powder to the milk and heat in a saucepan or microwave. Once warm you can create a foam by using the milk frother as we’ve done in the video above. You may want to create less foam than we did but the amount of froth is down to personal choice.

Another method of using a handheld milk frother to make hot chocolate is to add the powder to half the milk. Heat in a saucepan or microwave and pour into a cup. Then heat the remainder of the milk and froth with your milk frother. Then add the frothed milk to the hot chocolate mixture in the cup. You can also use this method with manual milk frothers.

But, by far the best method is to use real chocolate as we demonstrated in the video above. It’s a really simple process:

  1. Put three chopped chunks of cooking chocolate or your favourite bar into a microwaveable jug.
  2. Pour 250ml of whole milk into the jug.
  3. Add a dash of syrup or a little sugar if desired.
  4. Put the jug into the microwave and heat for around 120-140 seconds depending on the microwave (you may have to experiment here to achieve the perfect temperature – but be careful not to burn the milk).
  5. Remove the milk from the microwave and give a quick stir with a spoon.
  6. Insert the whisk of the handheld milk frother into the heated and milk, turn on and froth the milk for around 30 seconds until a rich texture is form.
  7. Pour the milk into a glass (use a knife to keep the froth in the jug).
  8. Add the froth to make a rich and very creamy hot chocolate drink.

Automatic milk frothers

The easiest of all milk frothers to use to make a great cup of hot chocolate. An automatic milk frother is powered by mains electricity. It usually has a jug with a lid and a separate base which houses the power connection.

Automatic milk frother. The frother is made of stainless steel with a black plastic top, handle, buttons and power cord

We’ve explained above why we think the Severin SM 3587 is the king of frothers when it comes to making hot chocolate as it has a dedicated programme. But most automatic milk frothers have three different settings; heat milk, cold foam, hot foam. You can use your milk frother as a hot chocolate maker in a couple of ways. If you’re using powdered hot chocolate pour the milk into the frother first then add the powder. Use the hot foam setting and let the frother do its thing. Easy peezy.

Some hot chocolate lovers prefer to add the powder to a cup, heat the milk in the frother and then pour the heated and frothed milk into the cup with the powder. Either way works just as well.

If you’re using actual chocolate instead of powder (and why wouldn’t you?) it takes a little more prep. And most frother manufacturers do not recommend this. You firstly have to very finely chop or preferably grate your solid chocolate chunks. Add the chocolate to your cup and then steam your milk in the frother. Add the frothed milk to the cup and leave for a minute. Then stir vigorously.

And that’s it. You can of course add embellishments like different flavoured syrups. And use a cocoa shaker for the finishing touch. But the main thing is to grate the chocolate finely enough. Otherwise, you’ll find a soggy, yucky mess in the bottom of your cup.

Bespoke hot chocolate maker

If you go for this option, you’re very limited in the device you can choose. In fact, I know of only one such appliance available in the UK. But it’s an absolute wizard.

The Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser is a chocoholics dream. It works the same way as a milk frother. It has a base which connects to the mains and a stainless steel jug body with a lid and handle. You add your milk to the jug, sprinkle in the grated chocolate flakes, switch the machine on and in a couple of minutes you’ll have a rich hot chocolate drink.

Chocolate flakes and pod cups for Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser

The Velvetiser by Hotel Chocolat really is a fantastic machine. It’s a great device to have in your kitchen. But it’s very expensive. However, it does make wonderful hot chocolate. Though not everyone wants to shell out £100 on a hot chocolate maker and then pay around £1.20 a drink every time they use it.

But, for a little bit of choccy luxury we highly recommend it.

For more in-depth information you can read our Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser review  or take our word for it and check its latest price on Amazon.

Pod coffee maker

Without doubt the most convenient option for a home hot chocolate maker. But also the least satisfying. Most pod systems will have hot chocolate capsules.

The big advantage of a pod system of course is how easy it is to use. There’s no need to grate chocolate, no mess, no need to clean the device after every use. Just fill with water, pop in the pod and press the ‘on’ button. Nothing could be easier.

But the results are disappointing. The drink is bland. Nowhere near as tasty as that produced by a milk frother. We wouldn’t recommend a pod system.

The best hot chocolate maker – the final verdict

As with most things in life, taking the time to do things properly really pays off.

Forget a pod style coffee machine. If you don’t mind splashing the cash and see hot chocolate as an occasional indulgent treat, we’d recommend the Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser.

But, if you’re a regular coffee as well as a hot chocolate drinker the Severin SM 3587 milk frother is going to be your best friend. It’ a wonderfully versatile and easy to use appliance which every hot chocolate fan should have in their kitchen.

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