Dyrham Park 17th-century hot chocolate recipe

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

William Blathwayt used to enjoy 17th-century-style hot chocolate at Dyrham Park; here is the recipe.

17th-century hot chocolate recipe

Normally visitors to the house can sample of hot chocolate made according to a traditional 17th-century recipe. Though the house is currently closed, here is the 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.