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The best hot chocolate gifts for cocoa lovers

Published: January 19, 2021 at 10:03 am
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Looking for a present for the hot chocolate fan in your life? Read our round-up of the best tools, mugs and accessories to give as hot chocolate gifts.

Hot chocolate has universal appeal across all age groups. In colder months, this super-cosy drink is akin to a hug in a mug.


The hot chocolate aficionado in your life is likely to have their favoured recipe and technique, so what do you buy the hot chocolate lover who has everything?

Read our round-up to discover our pick of the best gifts for hot chocolate lovers, including accessories, serving vessels and tools.

For more gift ideas, our best hot chocolate taste test shines the spotlight on artisan cocoa brands, plus we put hot chocolate makers to the test in our milk frother review.

Find 400+ unbiased expert buyer’s guides in our reviews section, including gift ideas for wine lovers, cheese fans and coffee enthusiasts. For the ultimate personalised gift, create a customised My BBC Good Food cookbook, or treat a loved one to one of our online cookery courses.

Best hot chocolate gifts to buy online in 2020

SwirlColor natural wood spoons

Natural wood spoons

Any hot chocolate lover needs spoons. Not any old spoons, they need to be long-handled, so they get right down to the bottom of the cup for stirring and scooping out any leftover bits. Perfect are these delightful natural wood spoons, plus they look beautiful and come with their own little case so they can be kept safely in the drawer without damaging.

Available from Amazon (£11.89)

Barista & Co scoop spoon

Barista and Co scoop measuring spoon

One spoon that should be in any hot chocolate lover’s collection has to be a measuring spoon. This cool-looking, clever spoon is both a scoop and a measure in one. Perfect to live in the tin alongside the chocolate. There’s a softly rounded lip, so you will not lose a single flake when scooping out of tin or packet, the spoon measures both teaspoons and tablespoons.

Available from:
Barista & Co £10.99
Amazon (£10.99)

Le Cafetière stainless steel long spoons

Le Cafetière stainless steel spoons

These elegant, versatile stainless steel pearlised black spoons will make a statement in any drink, never mind hot chocolate. They'll also double up as sundae spoons for dessert lovers.

Available on Amazon (£12.80)

Bruno the Bear mug

Bruno the Bear mug

Little chocolate lovers will love this cute Bruno Bear mug (big chocolate lovers may like it too) and there is a matching spoon (£3.95) to buy as well. We liked Bruno but there are plenty of other lovely creatures to choose from.

Available from Rex London (£6.95)

Melt milk hot chocolate gift set

Melt hot chocolate set

A gift to get any hot chocolate fan excited: four chocolate blocks for stirring through hot milk, a canister of dark chocolate buttonettes and their own mug from Melt, the luxurious chocolate company based in the heart of Notting Hill and Holland Park.

Available from Melt (£19.99)

Dualit latte cups

Dualit latte cups

They may be called 'latte cups', but we think they are perfect for a hot chocolate. They have thick walls, are microwavable (great for heating up a cool drink) and look so stylish with their saucers, plus they hold a very generous mug of chocolate.

Available from Dualit (£19.99)

Barista & Co stencil

Barista and Co coffee stencil

Have a little fun with a stencil to finish off your hot chocolate in style – why should coffee have all the fun? There’s a few to choose from, and they speak volumes with just a little cocoa powder dusted over the surface. Great fun.

Available from Barista & Co (£5.99)

Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser hot chocolate maker

Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser milk frother

Want to splash out on a serious piece of kit for an extra special occasion? The Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser is an iconic gadget, designed specifically with Dualit for making the smoothest, most velvety hot chocolate. We rated the Velvetiser for its ease of use, quick mechanism and excellent finished results, and while it's certainly a niche investment, it will double up as a standard milk frother for coffee too.

Available from:
Hotel Chocolat (£99.95)
Amazon (£109.95)
John Lewis (£110)

Judge double-walled glass mugs

Judge glass walled mug

You may not keep your hands warm with these double-walled thermal glass mugs, but the hot chocolate inside will; these are such a clever idea and not just for hot chocolate, who likes cold coffee?

Available from Horwood (£13.65)

SHO Calix vacuum mug

Calix vacuum mug

There’s no reason not to take cocoa with you on the road with this gorgeous insulated cup that really does keep the chocolate hot. We tested it, and it lost about 10 degrees per hour, but even after three, it was still warm enough to drink. It comes in lots of bright colours and holds 500ml.

Available from:
Shore Usable (£19.99)
Amazon (£19.99)

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