rich hot chocolate

I am so excited to write this post, because it features two of my favourite things … art and chocolate! The reason I’m featuring the two of these things together today, is because I recently received some beautiful gifts from the illustrator, Daniel Mackie, which included some lovely coasters and cards from his range, The DM Collection.

I first discovered his artwork in a shop in Totness, where I was browsing and came across his card prints. I instantly fell in love with the unique beauty of his designs, the intricate, delicate elements within each illustration and their bold, vibrant colours. I was completely enchanted by the way the details within each animal were able to convey their own story, and I was in awe of every piece of his artwork.

So, when he got in touch and offered to send me some of his work to feature on my blog, I couldn’t have been happier! I was so grateful, and I really couldn’t wait to share some of his amazing work with you. His products are stocked throughout the UK in over 350 retailers, and you can buy them online here. He also sells prints and notebooks. Aren’t the cards and coasters beautiful? I really love the hedgehog.

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As soon as my gifts arrived and I saw the coasters, I knew I had to feature them alongside a recipe of mine. I had been wanting to share my hot chocolate recipe for some time now, and I knew that this was the perfect opportunity to do so!

The DM Collection

For the hot chocolate recipe, I heated some almond milk with vanilla powder, and added in some 67% dark chocolate chips from Real Food Source – that are sweetened with coconut sugar. Then, I simply stirred it all together and poured the hot chocolate into a glass.

To finish the drink, I topped it with some vegan ‘whipped cream’ – Soy Whip! It was the first time I’d tried it before, and I couldn’t wait to use it with my hot chocolate. It tasted just like marshmallow – and it was incredibly addictive! Its sweetness balanced out with the dark flavour of the hot chocolate, and it added just the right amount of decadence – especially with an extra sprinkle of chocolate chips and some cinnamon on top.

I would say this recipe serves 1-2, depending on how much chocolate you’re craving. It’s perfect for the wintery months, or when you just need something chocolatey. I hope you enjoy it!

To find out more about the DM Collection or to view his range of products, please visit his website here:

rich hot chocolate

serves 1-2


1 cup (250ml) almond milk (or any other plant-based milk)

4 tbsp dark chocolate chips – I used Real Food Source’s 67% sweetened with coconut sugar

1/8 tsp vanilla powder

soy whip, to top

cinnamon, to top

extra chocolate chips, to top


  1. Pour the milk into a small pan and place onto a low-medium heat. Add in the vanilla and stir together. Heat through for about 1-2 minutes until hot. Then, remove the milk from the heat and add in the chocolate chips. Stir everything together until the chocolate has completely melted.
  2. When this is done, pour the hot chocolate into a glass to serve, and top with some soy whip, cinnamon and chocolate chips.

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34 thoughts on “rich hot chocolate

  1. Those coasters are so cute. A nice way to brighten up your living room.
    I have been enjoying a lot of hot chocolates recently with the cold weather. So comforting!

    1. Thank you Dannii! Me too!

  2. It’s definitely the time of year for hot chocolate. I posted a hot cocoa mix recipe last week-haha! Great minds think alike. 🙂 Your recipe looks delicious, it’s making me want to go and make a big mug right now.

    Thank you for sharing Daniel’s art with us. I’m obsessed with the porcupine and the frog. Just stunning!

    1. Yes definitely! Oohh that sounds amazing! I will check it out! Thank you Linda!

  3. I LOVE the designs on the coasters and cards, thank you for sharing Daniel’s work. The hot chocolate looks delicious, I must try those chocolate chips, they don’t look too expensive. But where did you buy the soy whip?

    1. Me too! Thank you Vicky! The chocolate chips taste so amazing – I just love that I’ve found chocolate chips sweetened with coconut sugar, it’s such a baking saviour! I got the soy whip in a health food shop in the UK – but if you google soy whip, it should come up – here’s a couple of links: hope this helps 🙂

  4. Those are the cutest cards and….that hot chocolate <3

  5. Those illustrations are incredible! I can see why you were instantly enchanted by them. The porcupine is my favorite <3 Rich warm chocolate to sip with clouds of whipped cream on top while admiring beautiful art, um YES PLEASE!!!

  6. Those coasters are gorgeous! I love the hedgehog and the rabbit and the lion – hard to pick a favorite – Daniel Mackie’s artwork really is exquisite! And so is this hot chocolate – I gotta see if I can find some soy whip!

    1. Thank you! I love his artwork!!!

  7. Those coasters are absolutely adorable–I love the hedgehog and the birds the most (although it’s pretty hard to pick favorites…)! That hot chocolate sounds delicious too! :] Perfect for this cold weather!!

  8. These cards are so beautiful! The hot chocolate looks incredible x

  9. These coasters are so beautiful! Love, love, love! And the cocoa complements them, perfectly!

  10. Those coasters and cards are definitely cute! And I’m with you on the hedgehog! Hot chocolate and winter go hand in hand, and yours looks seriously comforting and delicious, Harriet! Love the added touch of chocolate chips on top! Never had vegan whipped cream before, but I’m going to have to try it! Cheers, girlie!

    1. I love them!!! Thank you so much Cheyanne!

  11. Art & chocolate are two of my favorite things as well Emily 🙂 Daniel Mackie is very talented and I can see why you instantly fell in love with his work. I love the frog, the lion, the birds, the rabbit, really all of his work speaks to me. I’m going to try to order some of those coasters, they are just too cute, I might just hang them on the wall for everyone to enjoy. This hot chocolate also looks pretty amazing, I got caught in the East Coasts blizzard and this recipe would have come in hand since we were snowed in for a multiple of days

    1. I love them both! His work is amazing. Oh no! I hope you were okay 🙂 <3 thank you so much Mary!

  12. I love those beautiful coasters! And now please pass that amazing hot chocolate over…I am drooling..

  13. Yummy! Hot chocolate is my favorite thing this time of year! I just love the dairy-free ingredients you used and the way you topped it with whipped cream takes it over the top! Will have to give that soy whip a try! Love the colors on these animal prints…you’re right, the hedgehog is super cute! 🙂

    1. Me too Joscelyn!!! Thank you so much!

  14. I’ve recently started to use almond milk for my hot chocolate and I absolutely love it. This artwork is beautiful!

    1. It’s the best! I love his work!

  15. Its freezing cold here, and I so want that gorgeous and rich hot chocolate. And wow! These coasters look amazingly beautiful. I haven’t tried soy whip yet, I bet this must have tasted heavenly, Harriet.

    1. It’s the perfect drink when it’s cold outside! I love the soy whip! Thank you Anu!

  16. Love Daniel’s work! Gorgeous! It is the perfect time for hot chocolate! Pinning!

    1. Me too Mira! Thank you!

  17. This is the season for everything hot chocolate, looks so creamy and delish! I wish I could grab it out of the screen!

    1. Definitely! Thank you Manali!

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