hot white chocolate 1

Many of us will officially start our Christmas preparations on this first Sunday of Advent. Perhaps do some Christmas shopping, admire city Christmas trees, and maybe even get a tree of our own. Us Scandinavians will most likely consume some hot glögg and gingerbread cookies – wherever in the world we might be.

Hot chocolate is another popular and universal choice to stay warm on this December day. Here is a basic hot chocolate recipe that can be modified to taste. Replace chai Christmas spice with espresso powder for a less sweet, latte flavor. Or keep the chai spices but replace white chocolate with milk or dark chocolate. Replace cow milk with coconut, rice or almond milk for a dairy free vegan version (if so, use dairy free vegan chocolate). Spike with rum or bourbon for an adult option…

chai christmas spiced hot white chocolate
ingredients (per person)

1 cup milk (any kind)
2 oz chopped gf white chocolate (or milk or dark chocolate)
2-3 teaspoons chai Christmas spice (recipe below) (optional)


Bring milk to a boil and take off the heat.

Wait until it stops boiling and with a hand whisk, whisk in chopped chocolate and spices until the chocolate is completely melted.

Serve immediately with optional whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

The drink can be reheated but make sure not to let it boil.

This recipe makes 1 cup – duplicate to desired amount.

chai christmas spice

christmas spice

I keep this chai Christmas spice around all year but it seems to disappear especially fast this time of year. Add it to any cake or cookie recipe, and just like magic, you have created a tasty and timely Holiday treat.

chai christmas spice

3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons ground cardamom
2 tablespoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground white pepper


Mix all ingredients and store in an air tight container.

Makes about 1/2 cup.

first advent candle

advent candles

Marbled Latte Mug made in Japan from LEIF. Spoon from Cox & Cox. Candle Holder by Byarums Bruk.

Photography by Philip Blankenship.