Our Guide to the World's Best Hot Chocolate 2024

World's Best Hot Chocolate 2024
Dmytro Minkov

The 2024 World Craft Hot Chocolate Competition winners were unveiled during a live ceremony at SIGEP in Rimini, Italy, on Tuesday, 23 January, by The International Chocolate Awards. SIGEP, renowned as one of the largest expos dedicated to pastry, ice cream, coffee, and chocolate, provided the perfect backdrop for this announcement. Co-founders Monica Meschini and Martin Christy, along with Grand Jury members Michaela Schupp and Kathryn Laverack, took the stage to reveal this year’s champions following 2.5 days of rigorous assessment.

This year's competition attracted over 150 entries from chocolate makers worldwide, showcasing a diverse range of cacao origins. For the esteemed chocolate judges, it was an opportunity to witness the ingenuity of artisans worldwide as they transformed chocolate into delectable beverages.

Beyond traditional chocolate-based drinks, the competition also evaluated cacao infusions and alcoholic beverages featuring cacao.

The judging process involved a meticulous selection of seasoned experts with professional culinary backgrounds, who conducted blind tastings alongside the permanent members of the Grand Jury.

In a bid to enhance transparency and standardization in chocolate sensory evaluation, The International Chocolate Awards adopted the flavor profiling system from its parent body, the IICCT (International Institute of Chocolate and Cacao Tasting). As part of this endeavor, all winners and finalists' scores are now publicly available, providing consumers with a comprehensive guide to chocolate quality, while adding an extra layer of celebration for entrants alongside their medals. Scores are akin to those used in specialty coffee evaluations, where a score of 80 and above indicates fine chocolate quality, with scores exceeding 90 denoting exceptional craftsmanship. The prize thresholds for each category are established by the Grand Jury, reflecting the product's type and quality.

Hello Chocolate is happy to present some of the best chocolate brands in drinking chocolate category, including the most innovative one - SLOK Chocolate from Hong Kong.

World's Best Hot Chocolate Brands 2024

World's Best Hot Chocolate 2024

Best Hot Chocolate in the World

The List Of World Craft Drinking Chocolate Competition 2024 Winners

80 and above indicates fine chocolate quality and scores above 90 suggest extraordinary quality and craft.

Drinks With Dark Chocolate

Plain/origin dark drinking chocolate (made with water)

SLOK Chocolate (Hong Kong) - Peru Chuncho 72% - Gold (Score 91.1)

Tasting Profile: Star Fruit, Hosui Pear, Floral

Instructions:

Heat water until steaming.

Use a frother or whisk to blend cacao powder with the desired liquid.

For added complexity, consider incorporating a dash of whisky.

Water-based Ratio: 1 part chocolate powder to 3 parts water

Slok Hot Chocolate - Peru Chuncho 72%
Plain/origin dark drinking chocolate (made with water)

SLOK Chocolate (Hong Kong) - Thailand 70% - Gold (Score 88.0)

Tasting Profile: Citrus, Physalis, Green Tea

Instructions:

Heat water until steaming.

Use a frother or whisk to blend cacao powder with the desired liquid.

For added complexity, consider incorporating a dash of whisky.

Water-based Ratio: 1 part chocolate powder to 3 parts water

Best Hot Chocolate | Slok Chocolate - Thailand 70%
Flavoured dark drinking chocolate (made with water)

SLOK Chocolate - Aged With Hops 72% - SILVER, (Score 87.7)

One of the most innovative hot chocolate creations.

Instructions:

  1. Heat water until steaming.
  2. Use a frother or whisk to blend cacao powder with the desired liquid.
  3. For added complexity, consider incorporating a dash of whisky.

Water-based Ratio: 1 part chocolate powder, 1 part water, 2 parts soda water.

SLOK Hot Chocolate - Aged With Hops 72%
Plain/origin dark drinking chocolate (made with milk)

SLOK Chocolate (Hong Kong) - Guatemala 70% - Silver (Score 87.1)

Tasting Profile: Nutty, Banana, Floral

Instructions:

  1. Heat milk until steaming.
  2. Use a frother or whisk to blend cacao powder with the desired liquid.
  3. For added complexity, consider incorporating a dash of whisky.

Milk-based Ratio: 1 part chocolate powder to 4 parts milk

Best Hot Chocolate | SLOK Chocolate - Guatemala 70%
Plain/origin dark drinking chocolate (made with milk)

SLOK Chocolate (Hong Kong) - Philippines 72% - Bronze (Score 86.2)

Tasting Profile:  Honey, Longan, Jujube Fruit

Instructions:

  1. Heat milk until steaming.
  2. Use a frother or whisk to blend cacao powder with the desired liquid.
  3. For added complexity, consider incorporating a dash of whisky.

Milk-based Ratio: 1 part chocolate powder to 4 parts milk

Best Hot Chocolate in the World | SLOK Chocolate - Philippines 72%
Plain/origin dark drinking chocolate (made with milk)

SLOK Chocolate (Hong Kong) - Peru Chucho 72% - Bronze (Score 85.8)

Tasting Profile: Star Fruit, Hosui Pear, Floral

Instructions:

  1. Heat milk until steaming.
  2. Use a frother or whisk to blend cacao powder with the desired liquid.
  3. For added complexity, consider incorporating a dash of whisky.

Milk-based Ratio: 1 part chocolate powder to 4 parts milk

Slok Hot Chocolate - Peru Chuncho 72%

Drinks With White Chocolate

White drinking chocolate - Innovation

SLOK Chocolate (Hong Kong) - Lu'an Black Tea - Silver (Score 87.0)

One of the most innovative hot chocolate creations.

Instructions:

Heat water until steaming.

Use a frother or whisk to blend cacao powder with the desired liquid.

For added complexity, consider incorporating a dash of whisky.

Water-based Ratio: 1 part chocolate powder, 2 part water.

SLOK - Hot Chocolate White With Black Lu'an Tea

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