Day eight and the cream has risen to the top; hot chocolate with Bailey’s cream

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me eight maids a milking.

Hot Chocolate with Bailey’s cream

I have taken a break from food today and instead will shine the spotlight on that old winter favourite – hot chocolate.

The inspiration for this one came from Harlem, a cafe close to my work where the menu board had advertised Bailey’s hot chocolate in the run up to Christmas and had me salivating every time I walked past it.

Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to sample Harlem’s hot chocolate, but from imagining how good it might taste have come up with my own decadent and rich version which has surely taken the milk of eight maids to make.

If you haven’t guessed it already here lies the link to the eighth day of Christmas; with milk, cream, chocolate and Bailey’s, this hot chocolate is a tribute to all the maids milking on this day.


Makes 2-3 mugs depending on size


Hot chocolate with Bailey’s cream

100 grams chocolate (I used 50 grams each of dark and milk chocolate)

  • 500 ml milk
  • 1 shot of Baileys
  • 10-15 mini marshmallows
  • 200ml cream


  • In a saucepan, gently simmer the milk until it is warm and chop the chocolate into small pieces.
  • When the milk is hot add the chocolate, marshmallows, 50ml of the cream and half the Bailey’s and whisk gently until all the chocolate and marshmallows have melted and the mixture is creamy. This should take around 10-15 minutes.
  • Whip up the remaining cream and Baileys together for the topping.
  • When the hot chocolate is warm enough to drink, taste and add sugar if you want it sweeter, but the marshmallows should have already done this job.
  • Pour the hot chocolate into cups leaving a 2-3cm gap. Top with the Baileys cream and sprinkle with some chocolate to finish.


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