Spanish hot chocolate

My family and I enjoyed a decadent cup of authentic Spanish hot chocolate while in Barcelona. Now you can make it at home! Drink on its own or enjoy with some fresh churros!

spanish hot chocolate

While my family and I were roaming the streets of Barcelona, we stumbled upon a chocolateria in the Gothic Quarter. We weren’t hungry or thirsty at the time, but the sign outside the store lured us in. There were photos of a super thick, decadent hot chocolate on the sign. Naturally, we stopped in our tracks and made our way inside.

spanish hot chocolate

The restaurant’s menu had dozens and dozens of hot chocolate. From plain to spicy, this restaurant had it all. They also sold freshly made churros. Since we weren’t hungry, we shared a large cup of the chocolate caliente. The hot chocolate was so thick that we ate it by the spoonful. Addie got chocolate all over her face (and hands). And we were very, very full after sharing that mug.

When we returned home from our Barcelona trip, I knew that I had to make this at home. The hot chocolate we’re used to in the US is watery and often not chocolate-y enough. This hot chocolate is rich, decadent, and enough to make a meal. You’ll be tempted to dunk all kinds of treats in this – from fruit, to cookies, to brownies and yes, even churros.

spanish hot chocolate

Spanish hot chocolate

This Barcelona-style hot chocolate is super thick and decadent. It's perfect for dipping churros in!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: Drinks
Servings: 2
Author: Eva Bakes


  • 5 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cold water


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar and corn starch. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, mix together the vanilla and cold water. Add the cocoa powder mixture and turn the stove on to low heat.
  • Stir constantly until the mixture thickens considerably. Drink or serve with fresh churros.

1 Comment

  1. George A
    April 21, 2019 / 7:23 pm

    Thank you! I may substitute another starch for the corn starch (my wife has a corn food sensitivity).

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