How can I make hot chocolate drinks made from using instant hot chocolate sachets taste less watery?

I work in an office with limited kitchen appliances, we only have access to a tap that dispenses boiling hot or ice cold water and a microwave.

I have tried adding milk but that just takes away a lot of the chocolate taste.

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    How much water are you using? It might be worth checking how much water a packet is designed to be used with and whether you're adding too much.
    – Catija
    Jul 4, 2018 at 1:46
  • How much milk did you try adding?  I find that even a small amount (a teaspoon or two) can make it noticeably creamier without too much effect on the taste.
    – gidds
    Feb 27 at 12:27

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I can think of four possible fixes. One is simply, use less water - a smaller amount of a richer drink may well be preferable to a larger amount of a watery drink. Another is the reverse, use more mix, which uses two packets (if not all of the second is necessary, you might share with someone else who wants extra, save it for next time, or simply discard).

Third option would be to add a pinch of salt. It can help balance the flavors (a pinch isn't enough to make it not-sweet), and it's commonly described that less salt can make something taste "watery", and adding a touch of salt makes things taste more balanced. It will change the flavor a bit, but not necessarily badly.

Fourth option is to add stuff. Sugar, creamer powder, spices (possibly brought from home), whatever pleases you - and some of which might already be present for doctoring coffee. Any of these options should add some flavor, changing the taste but perhaps not badly. I wouldn't recommend milk, since (as you mention) it has enough liquid it can dilute the flavors, but powdered flavorings might help (and not dilute). Or you might even try keeping on hand a candy to dissolve in your drink (peppermint round, wrapped caramel) the heat and water should let it dissolve a burst of flavor into your drink. Again, flavored, but not necessarily bad.

  • For the ‘stuff’— instant espresso powder is used in a lot of chocolate baking recipes to improve chocolate flavor. A little bit might work in hot chocolate, too
    – Joe
    Oct 24, 2023 at 0:38
  • Or a square of good chocolate. It should melt just fine in a few minutes in the hot drink.
    – Stephie
    Oct 24, 2023 at 5:54

The first solution is to use two sachets per cup instead of one. The second is to ditch the sachets and simply use chocolate. The sachets themselves are a mixture of cocoa powder with fillers, mostly sugar, but real deep chocolate taste only comes from chocolate.

For example, Rausch in Berlin serves hot chocolate made of about 60% dark chocolate to 40% hot water. That's on the high side for sure, but it does pack a punch.


I have found that different brands of hot chocolate drinks have varying chocolate flavor intensities (some are much stronger than others) Try using the different ones that are availble in your supermarkets, shops and online In the United States, I found that Ghirardelli Chocolate Premium Hot Cocoa - Double Chocolate is one that provided the most intense chocolate flavor


I won’t lie this is not my favorite hot chocolate I’ve ever had, but we’re out of milk right now and I really got used to milk instead of water with the coco. So I took some advice from here and this is what I did.

  • pinch of salt to balance flavours
  • little bit of ginger because it’s not too pungent and it’s easy on the stomach
  • A tiny bit of paprika
  • Cinnamon if you have it (I don’t right now)
  • Mint (flavor, breath mint, candy cane) which I also didn’t have today
  • lastly I overloaded it with my chocolate mix as always. We have a container with milk chocolate flavor and I probably used 4-5 regular spoon sized scoops and mixed well.

Even though I can taste the “healthy spices” it is so much better to me than that watery chocolate taste. I hope this helps some of you :)


I used to be in the same predicament as you and I used 1/2 liquid coffee creamer and 1/2 boiling hot water and then it tasted just right. (Both temperature and taste)

I was told off by the boss after a while though as one colleague and me ended up using 80% of the creamer in the office and it took a bit of time filling half a cup with the tiny coffee creamers we had.

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