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There’s nothing we love more than curling up with a warm cup of hot chocolate, especially when it is absolutely baltic outside.

Insomnia has warmed our hot-chocolate loving hearts with their latest release.

Insomnia, partnering with Callebaut, presents the fourth type in hot chocolate ‘Ruby’ next to Dark, Milk and White chocolate.


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The first Coffee Shop Chain in Ireland to sell Ruby Hot Chocolate, it is made from the Ruby cocoa bean with a unique, berry flavour. It also, as its name suggests, is ruby in colour and has the natural tone of the Ruby bean. Insomnia has added no berries or berry flavour or colour when preparing the Ruby Hot Chocolate.

Leading the way in new product innovations and always looking to introduce tastes that will delight their loyal customers, Insomnia is delighted to add a new star to their Hot Drinks range and introduce the Ruby Hot Chocolate into stores nationwide from Friday, March 15.


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Sarah Hartnett, the award-winning Pastry Chef Consultant and Callebaut Ambassador, was instore with Insomnia to launch the new taste sensation Hot Chocolate. Sarah hosted her Coco Horizons chocolate demonstration to showcase the versatility and flavour of the Ruby chocolate.

Ruby chocolate has an intense taste and characteristic reddish colour. The cocoa beans are sourced from different regions of the world and are the work of global R&D centres of Barry Callebaut, based in France and Belgium – part of a global network of 28 R&D centres-, the Jacobs University, and over 175 years of expertise in sourcing and manufacturing.


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“We are rubyliciously excited to rollout Ruby Hot Chocolate in our Stores,” said Harry O’Kelly, Insomnia CEO. “We are renowned for our hot chocolate and Insomnia’s customers have come to expect a high standard of quality and service from us, including the extending of product lines with innovative, taste fantastic foods.

"Ruby Hot Chocolate is no exception, it offers a new taste experience, it’s not bitter, milky or sweet but the perfect combination of fruitiness from the berry and depth of smoothness that raises the Hot Chocolate bar!”


This is not a drill!

Okay, nobody panic, but there is actually somewhere in Ireland that we can get unicorn hot chocolate.

The world has been pretty obsessed with unicorn-related products lately, from unicorn makeup brushes to unicorn refreshers on the Starbucks secret menu.

Now, one Irish bar and restaurant is getting in on the trend.

The Paddocks, in Clonee, Country Dublin, has been serving up exciting beverages forever, but their latest offering of a unicorn hot chocolate has us in a tizzy.

The gorgeous pink hue and the rainbows sprinkled on top make this the perfect treat for our inner child. Plus, it's probably the most Insta-worthy hot drink in the country right now.

The Paddocks is famous for its outlandish drinks, and the hot drink repertoire boasts much more than just a unicorn hot chocolate.

They have also conjured up a raspberry hot chocolate, a Captain Morgans hot chocolate, and a hot chocolate laced with Baileys, marshmallows and Nutella

That will definitely keep us toasty during Storm Doris!


January is considered a cold, and depressing month… you're broke, you miss Christmas and the weather is crap. 

Well ladies, your January is about to get a whole lot better, thanks to the gorgeous Limerick based foodies of Pandora Bell

The ladies behind this glorious website have given us the most delicious recipe for chili hot chocolate… and it has TEQUILA in it. 

Check it out, you will not regret it…

What you'll need:

100g of good quality dark chocolate.

1 tablespoon brown sugar.

A pinch of sea salt.

750ml of whole milk.

6 cinnamon sticks.

2 red chillies, halved and deseeded.

4 shots of tequila (one per portion).

Chile powder, cocoa nib, and/or dark chocolate shavings for garnish.

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What you'll do: 

In a medium saucepan, heat the milk, 2 cinnamon sticks, the chillies and the bittersweet chocolate. Heat slowly stirring constantly, until the chocolate is melted and mixture is hot.

Gently whisk to completely homogenise mixture and give texture to the milk.

Simmer over low heat, whisking occasionally, until fragrant, about 10 minutes.

Carefully drain and discard chile and cinnamon sticks

Return to pot and add the tequila. Heat through again.

Divide into four glasses.

Garnish with chile powder, cocoa nib (or chocolate shavings), and a cinnamon stick.



The weather is cooling down, and that can only mean one thing… HOT CHOCOLATE (by the gallon please.)

Nothing is more comforting and delicious than a warm mug of hot chocolate by the fire. 

We have compiled a list of our FAVOURITE hot chocolate recipes, and some of them may change your life. 

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Gingerbread hot chocolate

Add some festive cheer to your delicious hot chocolate with a bit of ginger. #spiceupyourlife.  

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Peanut butter hot chocolate

We are big fans of peanut butter, so the idea of combining it with hot chocolate seems too good to be true! 

Nutella hot chocolate

A true crowd pleaser, who could say no to some Nutella? Check out this easy recipe

Peppermint hot chocolate

The perfect festive drink! Use a candy cane to stir this treat

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Salted caramel hot chocolate 

Pure decadence in a cup… you can thank us later. Check out the recipe here



Despite trying to behave in the safety of November, everyone knows over the next few days any hope we once had of avoiding indulgence will swiftly evaporate into Winter's sky.

So, what better way to acknowledge the festive season than to combine two of its most celebrated assets in one soul-soothing beverage?

Cue: Boozy Hot Chocolate!  To mark the Christmas season, a number of Dublin’s top bars have added a spruced-up version of everyone’s favourite sweet drink to their cocktail menus.

Zozimus on Anne’s Lane has merged “a generous amount of golden rum” with “warm luxurious chocolate milk”, vanilla ice cream and crushed biscuit to create their festive offering.


Our Boozy Hot Coco is simply divine

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While The Paddocks Bar & Lounge in Clonee has developed a variety of boozy hot chocolates including the toasted marshmallow-topped Baileys edition and the tempting white vanilla infused adult cuppa.

If ever there was a drink to steal our hearts, we think this is it! 

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We love reading about exciting new food trends, so when we first heard about flowering marshmallows we were very excited (and confused).

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Fancy-pants New York bakery, Dominique Ansel (the inventor of the cronut), has launched a special new hot chocolate – with a twist.

Called the 'blossoming hot chocolate', this warm beverage comes with a pretty marshmallow on top of it.

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The marshmallow is held together with a thin piece of white chocolate, so when it is dropped into the hot drink, the chocolate melts. 

You can now get hot chocolate topped with a blooming marshmallow flower

This basically allows the flower to beautifully bloom inside the cup… making it the prettiest drink of your life. 

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It is worth noting that aside from the gorgeous marshmallow, the hot chocolate is DELICIOUS, but extremely rich and chocolatey! 

How PRETTY, though.


Today is the day of love and whether you're going out on date night, staying in and eating pizza (YES) or hanging out with the girls, you NEED to end the night with this boozy cherry hot chocolate.

Toast to your relationship or toast to being the most bangin' single gal around, either way this drink is the perfect nightcap.


  • 2 measures of vodka per cup
  • splash of cherry juice
  • hot chocolate mix
  • whipped cream
  • cherries for decoration


1. Prepare your hot chocolate mix as usual.

2. When slightly cooled, add in vodka and cherry juice. Stir well.

3. Dollop with whipped cream and cherries, and serve.

Simple! And maybe you can use the whipped cream for something else later… (wink wink).


We all love a good hot chocolate to cheer us up on cold winter days, but this no-bake hot chocolate cheesecake is something that will cheer us up for the entire week.

So simple and stuffed with marshmallows and cream, this Delish recipe will be the best hot chocolate you'll ever taste. Forget about the drinking kind.


  • 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream
  • 340g of softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 packs of hot chocolate mix
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • whipped cream


1. Whisk up your heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks. Then add the cream cheese and sugar and beat until completely smooth.

2. Fold in the hot chocolate mix and marshmallows. Pour the mixture into a tin lined with grease-proof paper and smooth over the top.

3. Cover with more mini marshmallows and cover in plastic wrap. Leave in the fridge until firm (3-4 hours) or ideally overnight.

Now pour over some whipped cream and tuck in to the best hot chocolate EVER.


Sunday nights can be tough. You ALWAYS have that dread of knowing Monday is tomorrow and your weekend is nearly over.

So, why not forget about all that and delight yourself with this glorious, boozy, coconut hot chocolate. Sounds unreal, right?

It's super simple to make and you probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen:


  • 30ml rum
  • 1/4 cup toasted coconut flakes (plus more for serving)
  • hot chocolate mix (if you can get white hot chocolate mix, even better)
  • coconut milk
  • whipped cream for serving


1. Prepare your hot chocolate with coconut milk, making sure there's no lumps left from the mixture. Leave to one side.

2. Then combine the rum, toasted coconut flakes and hot chocolate. Stir well.

3. Pour into a mug and dollop whipped cream on top. Sprinkle leftover coconut flakes and hey presto! You're good to go.

Now, all you need to do is get into your pjs, and snuggle up with some Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Sound.


If the January blues are still getting you down, then fear not, because this red velvet hot chocolate will perk you right back up.

And what's more, it's super easy to whip up on a cold night. All you need to do now is grab your pjs, your fave movie, and your BFF. Sorted!


  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 10-15 drops red food colouring
  • whipped cream
  • red velvet cupcakes


1. Pour the milk into a pan over a medium heat. Add in the chocolate and stir until all the chocolate is melted.

2. Then add red food colouring to the mix, pouring in a few drops at a time or until you reach your desired shade of red. 

3. Pour into two mugs, whip off the cupcake frosting and put on top of hot chocolate. Add the whipped cream and then crumble the cupcake on top.



We all love our cups of hot chocolate, especially around Christmas time. 

Sitting beside the fire, watching your favourite movie and cuddling up with your cocoa; there really is nothing better.

Well, no, that's a lie because NAUGHTY hot chocolate is better!

Now, what really doesn't get much better is sipping on warm hot chocolate with a little bourbon, vodka or rum (whatever you fancy… or whatever you can find) and totally relaxing for the night. 

All you need is milk, cocoa powder, vodka, chocolate liqueur and ice. Here's the super easy method to get you sorted for the holidays:



On a cold Sunday evening, there is nothing better than cuddling up to watch your favourite shows and indulging in a steamy hot chocolate.

Well, Nigella Lawson has TOTALLY upped the hot cocoa game as she adds a little caramel twist to the sweet drink.

Here's the recipe that will make you never want to go back to plain hot chocolate again:


  • salted caramel sauce
  • 250ml full fat milk
  • 50g finely chopped dark chocolate


To make a mugful, put 250ml full fat milk into a small saucepan with 50g finely chopped dark chocolate, and 3 x 15ml tablespoons of salted caramel sauce.

Cook, stirring over medium heat, until chocolate is melted and you have a rich hot liquid to pour into a waiting mug.

If you want you could dollop whipped cream over the top, followed by some drizzled salted caramel sauce.