The Best Orange Hot Chocolate

a close up photograph of a mug of hot chocolate topped with toasted marshmallows
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Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins

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It’s got rather chilly all of a sudden, hasn’t it? It’s a good thing that hot chocolate exists, as there’s nothing quite like the comfort of a hot cup of liquid chocolate. And marshmallows. Always marshmallows.

Hot chocolate is one of those things that everyone associates with a fond memory. Whether it was spending time with family and friends, out and about or even just a cosy evening at home, I’m sure you have a positive association with the drink to. Perhaps it’s because chocolate tastes good!

And the best thing about this hot chocolate? It’s orange flavoured! Oh yes, this isn’t just any ordinary hot chocolate, it’s the perfect blend of rich and chocolatey meets fresh and citrusy!

a closer view of a mug of hot chocolate which is dripping

The trick to perfect orange hot chocolate:

What’s the secret to making your orange hot chocolate taste extra orangey? It’s all in the zest!

The zest of the orange is concentrated with flavour and aroma, and it’s what makes our orange hot chocolate so damn delicious!

You can zest oranges using a fine grater or citrus zester – just make sure to buy unwaxed citrus or you won’t be able to zest the fruit. I like to add the zest of half a medium-sized orange to this recipe, but feel free to increase this if you wish!

an overhead photograph of 2 mugs of orange hot chocolate, some marshmallows and an orange

What ingredients will I need to make orange hot chocolate?

Aside from orange zest, you’ll need some plant-based milk. I love using coconut milk (from a carton) in this recipe as it’s extra creamy! You can even make your own homemade almond milk if you feel like going the extra mile.

And you’ll also need some hot chocolate powder of course! Today we’re using the Juice Plus+ Complete Shake Mix in the chocolate flavour. These shakes are a delicious, plant-based drink made with whole-foods plant based ingredients. They’re perfect way to get some extra nutrients in your diet, and especially perfect for making luxuriously thick orange hot chocolate. I mean, SWOON!!

a side view of some mugs of hot chocolate which are dripping

Ways to top hot chocolate:

It’s all well and good making some creamy hot chocolate, but real ones know that hot chocolate is all about the toppings!

I love to top my hot chocolate with marshmallows, and not just any marshmallows, but TOASTED MARSHMALLOWS. Trust me, it really pays to go the extra mile and toast these babies before you put them on your hot chocolate.

a close up photograph of a mug of hot chocolate topped with toasted marshmallows

The easiest way to toast marshmallows at home is over the gas flame of your stovetop. If you have an electric or induction cooker, you can purchase a blowtorch to flame your marshmallows instead.

To toast marshmallows on the stovetop, simply place one marshmallow on the end of a wooden kebab skewer and hold it close to the flame. If the marshmallow sets alight in places, quickly blow on it to stop the flame. Repeat this until the marshmallow is toasted to your satisfaction (I like mine a little burnt at the edges!) and place atop your hot chocolate!

And please please PLEASE be careful when doing this! I cannot be held accountable for any flaming marshmallow incidents! And if you are under 18 years old, please make sure you ask a parent or guardian before doing this (I’ve always wanted to say that!).

an overhead photograph of some hands around a mug of hot chocolate

You could top your hot chocolate with whipped coconut cream if you’re more of a whipped-cream-on-hot-chocolate type of person. Personally I’m a non-discriminative-towards-food type of person. At least that’s the mentality I have at a buffet!

I hope you try this recipe! If you do, I’d love for you to tag me on Instagram @shivanilf so I can see how it goes.

And if you’re a big chocolate orange fan like myself, I just *know* you’ll love my chocolate orange granola recipe!! Do let me know if you try it – and send me any leftovers 😉

Orange Hot Chocolate

This orange hot chocolate is the perfect drink to keep you warm this winter. It's perfectly thick and creamy, and made with just 3 ingredients!
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Servings: 2
Calories: 209kcal
Author: Shivani Raja


  • 1 cup/ 250 ml Non-Dairy Milk I like coconut (from a carton)
  • 1/2 Medium Orange zested
  • 1 scoop Juice Plus+ Complete Chocolate Shake can sub 1 serving of your favourite hot chocolate powder
  • 4 Vegan Marshmallows to serve


  • Add the non-dairy milk, orange zest and chocolate shake packet to a small saucepan and whisk to combine until no lumps remain.
  • Turn the heat on to medium-low and heat the hot chocolate, stirring frequently to prevent lumps forming.
  • Pour the hot chocolate into your favourite mugs. If you have particularly large chunks of orange zest, you may want to use a tea strainer.
  • Top with toasted marshmallows and/or whipped cream. Enjoy!

Shivani’s Tips

  • Note that mixing Juice Plus+ Complete Shakes with plant milks or different ingredients alters the nutritional profile and therefore may not be a complete meal replacement 

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