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.
Best hot chocolate gifts to buy online in 2020
SwirlColor 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.
Barista & Co scoop 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.
Le Cafetière stainless steel long 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.
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.
Melt milk hot chocolate gift 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.
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.
Barista & Co 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.
Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser hot chocolate maker
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.
Judge double-walled glass mugs
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?
SHO 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.
Hot chocolate recipe inspiration
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