Dyrham Park 17th-century hot chocolate recipe

The Countess of Wessex enjoys a sample of hot chocolate at Dyrham Park

As part of Mr Blathwayt's apartment, you get to sample some 17th-century-style hot chocolate and here is the recipe.

17th-century hot chocolate recipe

Visitors to Mr Blathwayt’s apartment in the house end their journey of discovery with a complimentary sample of hot chocolate made according to a traditional 17th-century recipe.

Our recipe has been adapted from the first hot chocolate recipe published in English from ‘Chocolate, Or, An Indian drinke’ by Captain James Wadsworth, 1652.

For those who’ve not made it in or who didn’t pick up a recipe leaflet, here it is:


For one cup:

1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon star anise
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water

Combine all ingredients and heat slowly.