This Winter Baileys Belgian Hot Chocolate is for the true chocolate lover because it’s made without cocoa powder. Real, high quality Belgian chocolate is melted into milk and cream, and delicious Baileys is added to make this the best grown-up hot chocolate. This is a must make!

Belgian hot chocolate in a grey mug in snow with a spoon and pine cones

During the winter holiday season, what is better than wrapping your cold hands around a warm mug of boozy hot chocolate? (see below). This just may be the ultimate whiskey hot toddy and comforting dessert drink all rolled into one.

2 hands holding a mug of Baileys Belgian hot chocolate

Why the combination of Belgian and Irish? It’s purely selfish, actually. They’re my two favorites and Belgian chocolate is arguably the best chocolate in the world and a little ‘luck of the Irish Cream’ is always a comforting idea in the cold weather. I even served it with clover leaf chocolate chip shortbread cookies (pictured below).

An oval plate of shortbread cookies

Belgians are very serious about their chocolate and the Irish about their cream. The two combined is mind-blowingly good. Trust me.

Cream in hot chocolate

Just like French/Parisian hot chocolate I, and the Belgians, use real chocolate and not cocoa powder. The use of heavy cream (double cream) makes it thick, rich, creamy and velvety so the rich chocolate flavor lingers on the tongue like your own private chocolate festival.

Where do you buy Belgian chocolate?

In the U.S., I buy mine from Trader Joe’s and Cost Plus World Market.

Can I use baking chocolate for hot chocolate?

No, because there are ingredients added to baking chocolate that prevent it from properly melting.

Chopped chocolate on a cutting board

Belgians are very serious about their chocolate

I have been fortunate to visit Belgium many times and have consumed copious amounts of their chocolate and confections. There are literally 1,000’s of chocolate houses in Belgium and some are hundreds of years old, which makes sense that they’ve had time to perfect the art of chocolate making.

Belgian confections use high quality  ingredients in their filled chocolates, pralines and truffles. The best Belgian chocolates being Neuhaus, Callebaut, Leonidas and more commonly, Godiva, just to name a few.

Did you know that here are chocolate houses in Belgium that will serve you a steaming hot cup of milk along with chocolate circles so you can make your own hot chocolate right at your table?  This allows you to make it as chocolatey as you like. Now that’s a very cool idea and one that should be adopted everywhere!

A foamy cup of hot chocolate

Winter Baileys Belgian Hot Chocolate Serving Suggestion

Use this recipe as a creamer in your coffee or serve over vanilla ice cream. You can’t go wrong with either of these ideas.

If you’re a white chocolate fan, you have to try my White Hot Chocolate that comes with a dark chocolate whipped cream topping.

Baileys Irish Cream flavors

Now, Baileys have released so many variations over the past few years like salted caramel, espresso creme and vanilla cinnamon. If you like, you could mix it up and add any of these amazing flavors.

To sweeten or not to sweeten?

I don’t like my hot chocolate sweet so I don’t add any (or very little) sugar. You can add as much as you like, however, to suit your taste. This also depends on how sweet your chocolate is and don’t forget, the Baileys is sweetened too.

Whipped cream or no whipped cream?

I do love whipped cream on my hot chocolate, but for this indulgent recipe (and because of the Irish cream) I leave it off. You can add it if that’s your thing.

This recipe makes 4 each, 8 ounce /300ml servings

Yield: 4

Winter Baileys Belgian Hot Chocolate

A pewter mug filled with Baileys Belgian hot chocolate on a bed of snow

Belgian chocolate is melted into milk and cream and added Baileys Irish Cream.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 ½ cups (354 ml) whole milk
  • ½ cup (118 ml) heavy cream/double cream
  • 2 ¼ cups/12 ounces (340 grams) dark Belgian chocolate (70%)
  • 1 cup (236 ml) Baileys Original Irish cream
  • Sugar to taste (optional)


  1. To a medium saucepan over medium-low heat add the milk and cream. Once the milk is hot (not bubbling) add the chocolate. Stir with a whisk to incorporate the chocolate and so it melts evenly, scraping the bottom so it doesn’t stick. Remove from the heat and stir in the Bailey’s and add sugar to taste. Serve while hot.
  2. Options: Use a milk frother to froth the top, or top with whipped cream.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 1072Total Fat 54gSaturated Fat 32gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 18gCholesterol 53mgSodium 84mgCarbohydrates 107gFiber 9gSugar 90gProtein 10g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.