Polish Style Hot Chocolate Recipe

by Jan Vasil
Polish Style Hot Chocolate Recipe

Polish Style Hot Chocolate, known as Gorąca Czekolada, is a decadent beverage that’s a cross between hot pudding and chocolate ganache. Renowned for its thickness and richness, it’s a beloved treat in Poland, especially during colder months.

How To Make Polish-Style Hot Chocolate?

This hot chocolate is made by melting a mixture of dark and milk chocolate into milk and cream, creating a dense, velvety texture. Cornstarch is often added to thicken the drink, enhancing its pudding-like consistency.

Most Popular Ingredients for Polish Style Hot Chocolate

  • Dark chocolate chips for a deep, rich flavor.
  • Milk chocolate chips to add sweetness and creaminess.
  • Heavy cream gives the drink a luxurious texture.
  • Milk is the base of the hot chocolate.
  • Corn starch to thicken the beverage.

My Advice to Make the Best Polish Style Hot Chocolate

  • Use high-quality chocolate for the best flavor.
  • Heat the mixture gently to avoid burning the chocolate.
  • Adjust the proportion of dark to milk chocolate to suit your taste preferences.
  • Stir continuously while cooking to ensure a smooth texture.

Spices and Other Variations for the Best Polish Style Hot Chocolate

  • Add a dash of cinnamon or a pinch of chili for a spicy twist.
  • Vanilla extract can be added for extra flavor.
  • For an adult version, consider adding a shot of your favorite liqueur, like Bailey’s Irish Cream.

What makes this hot chocolate Polish?

This Polish-style hot chocolate, known as Gorąca Czekolada, is distinctively rich and thick, resembling a cross between hot pudding and chocolate ganache. What makes it uniquely Polish is its texture and serving style, reminiscent of the hot chocolate served in cafés across Poland, particularly in places like Cacao Republika in Poznań.

The traditional Polish preparation often involves a denser, more chocolate-intense experience compared to the typically lighter American version. Additionally, this recipe’s option to add a favorite liqueur, like Bailey’s Irish Cream, is a common practice in Poland to enhance the flavor profile of the hot chocolate​​.

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Polish Style Hot Chocolate Recipe

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  • 1 1/2 cups 1 1/2 milk, divided

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 heavy cream

  • 5 ounces 5 dark chocolate chips

  • 3 ounces 3 milk chocolate chips

  • 1 tablespoon 1 corn starch

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 vanilla (optional)

  • Liqueur of your choice (optional)

  • Whipped cream for garnish


  • Combine 1 1/4 cups milk with cream and chocolate chips in a saucepan.
  • Warm over medium heat, stirring until the chocolate melts.
  • Dissolve cornstarch in the remaining 1/4 cup of milk, then add to the saucepan.
  • Stir constantly until the mixture thickens.
  • Optionally, add vanilla or liqueur.
  • Serve in small cups and top with whipped cream.

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Can I use all dark or all milk chocolate?

Yes, adjust the types of chocolate to your preference.

How can I make this dairy-free?

Substitute milk and cream with almond or coconut milk.

What if I don’t have cornstarch?

You can skip it, but the hot chocolate will be less thick.

Can this be made in advance?

It’s best served fresh, but you can reheat it gently.

Is it kid-friendly?

Yes, just omit the liqueur and adjust the sweetness if needed.

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