Spanish Chocolate Caliente – Hot Chocolate Sauce Recipe


This Spanish Chocolate Caliente is a popular hot chocolate sauce that people enjoy all year long.  It is so rich and intense!  Once you try this decadent Spanish version of hot chocolate, you just might get hooked on it!In Spain, it is served both as a drink and with Churros for dipping.  As the chocolate sauce will thicken as it cools, it is best to make it right before you are ready to serve it with the churros.

Traditionally, churros are consumed for breakfast or as a snack in Spain, as chocolate and churros is a common breakfast for Spaniards, but churros are also available throughout the day and into the night.

Check out our Spanish Churros con Chocolate recipe to learn how to make churros.


Spanish Chocolate Caliente


Hot Chocolate Sauce - Spanish Chocolate Caliente Recipe:
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: Hot Chocolate Sauce Recipe, Spanish Chocolate Caliente Recipe
Servings: 2 cups
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 4 ounces Dark Chocolate (good-quality), chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (granulated)
  1. In a heavy pot, whisk together the milk and cornstarch.

  2. Once the cornstarch is dissolved, heat the milk mixture over medium-low heat just until it starts to simmer, then remove from heat.

  3. Add the chopped chocolate and immediately and begin stirring until the chocolate is completely melted.  If the milk cools off too fast, place the pan back on the stove on low heat to melt the chocolate.  At this point, taste the hot chocolate and add sugar if desired.

  4. The mixture should thicken quickly.  As soon as you see it thicken, remove the pan from the heat so the cornstarch will not thin.

  5. Ladle immediately into small cups or bowls and serve piping hot.

  6. Yields 2 cups.

    Spanish Churros


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