Salted orange hot cocoa

By Anna Olson
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Skim milk powder is the secret ingredient to this decadently rich hot chocolate. Plus, you skip the added fat from whipping cream to the drink – save that treat for the topping!



  • 1/2 cup instant skim milk powder
  • 1/4 cup good quality cocoa powder (regular or Dutch Process)
  • 6 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (Anna recommends Maldon flaked salt)
  • 6 cups 2% milk
  • 1 orange zest, finely grated
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped

For the whipped cream topping:

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon instant skim milk powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest, finely grated
  • Pinch flaked sea salt (Maldon)
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting


  • Stir the skim milk powder, cocoa powder, sugar and salt together in a small dish.  
  • Whisk in one cup of the cold milk to blend.
  • Add the remaining milk, plus the cocoa mixture, orange zest and chopped chocolate to a small pot and slowly bring it to a gentle simmer, stirring often.  
  • Once a simmering, whisk for one or two minutes more, to allow the skim milk powder to thicken.
  • For the topping, whip the cream with the skim milk powder until the cream holds its shape when the beaters are lifted.  
  • Stir in the sugar and orange zest.
  • Ladle the hot cocoa into mugs, top with the whipped cream and sprinkle with sea salt and cocoa powder.  


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