Chocolate Pot with a Hint of Coffee

Chocolate Pot and Strawberries

It’s February and what better month to post a chocolate recipe. As a huge chocolate lover, finding this chocolate pot recipe and then getting to test it out several times was heavenly. This chocolate pot is not as light, texturally, as a mousse or chocolate pot de creme which use egg or egg yolks, but it’s still smooth and creamy, rich and delicious and with less fuss.

A few months ago I was the lucky winner of the Green & Black’s Organic Chocolates giveaway from Vianney at Sweet Life. It was a wonderful package as you can see below that consisted of a logo tote bag, Green & Black’s Ultimate Chocolate Recipe cookbook, and 3 bars of chocolate.  Chocolates from Green&Black'sWhen going through the cookbook, I found it quite difficult to decide which recipe I wanted to make first.  There were SO many that I marked.  However, when I came upon the 5-minute Chocolate Pot, I knew that needed to be made as soon as possible.  It’s simply a little pot of chocolate with cream and only takes 10 minute to make. The recipe says 5 minutes, but let’s be realistic.  The hardest part of making this was waiting for it to cool off.  It is meant to be served warm or at room temperature, so the recipe says to let it cool on the counter for an hour before serving.  It actually took a couple of hours. You can serve each serving with a little cup of whipped cream or with nothing at all. Either way it’s a chocolate lover’s dream!

Chocolate Pot (Cream) with a hint of coffee #chocolate @mjskitchen


Chocolate Pot with a Hint of Coffee Recipe

Servings: 4 – 6 depending on the size of the serving cupsChocolate Pot or Chocolate de Creme
Prep and Cook Time: 10 minutes
Set time:  allow at least 3 hours


3.5 ounces milk chocolate solids, broken into pieces (See Kitchen Notes)
3.5 ounces dark chocolate (70% cocoa), broken into pieces
1/3 cup hot coffee (left over from your morning coffee works fine)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Place a metal bowl over a pot of simmering water.  The water should not touch the metal bowl. If it does, the bowl will get too hot and cook the chocolate rather than melt it.  I usually just put about an inch of water in the bottom of the pot.
  2. Add the chocolate pieces to the bowl. Melt, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once melted turn off the heat and SLOWLY add the hot coffee, stirring constantly. (The chocolate may start to solidify if the coffee isn’t really, really hot, but just keep stirring. It will remelt.)
  4. Stir in the vanilla extract and stir until smooth.
  5. Slowly stir in the cream.
  6. Once all of the ingredients have been combined into a smooth chocolate cream, pour into serving cups.
  7. Let the chocolate pots cool for about 3 hours on the counter or let cool for 30 minutes, then refrigerator for an hour. They’ll set quicker in the refrigerator. If you do refrigerate for more than 3 hours, remove from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving.

You can serve these with a little bit of whipped cream or just sprinkle with sea salt. Both toppings are wonderful!

This recipe was adapted from the “5-minute Chocolate Pot” recipe in the Black & Green’s Ultimate Chocolate Recipes cookbook.

Chocolate Creme Pot


Kitchen Notes

Recipe adaptation – The only things I changed from the original recipe was to use a blend of chocolates rather than use just dark chocolate, and to use coffee rather than water.  For the process I kept the chocolate over the hot water while I added the coffee but with the fire off. The original recipe said to remove the pan from the heat after melting the chocolate and before adding the liquid.  That didn’t work for me. The chocolate hardened even though the coffee was hot, so I put the bowl back over the hot water to finish adding the coffee.

The chocolate – I can tell that this recipe could use a number of different types chocolates with different amounts of cocoa.  So I would suggest using whatever chocolate you have on hand, and if you are like us, you always have chocolate on hand.  However, whatever flavor you add (if you decide to use a flavoring) could dictate the best type of chocolate to use.  For instance, I made one batch with all dark chocolate and the coffee. I found it too bitter and had to add a touch of honey.  When I used half B&G dark chocolate and half milk chocolate, no sweetener was needed and the flavor was perfect.

The cream – Don’t be tempted to go light and use half and half.  I tried it.  The delicious flavor was there, but I wasn’t as crazy about the texture.  The batches I made with heavy cream were like eating a silky, creamy mousse.  The half and half yielded a thicker, less creamy result. Still quite delicious, just a little too thick.

The flavoring – We really loved the hint of coffee, and to make it even better, I sprinkled a little sea salt on each serving after pouring them into the cups. YUM!  I did make one batch with 1/8 teaspoon of mint extract and neither of us liked it. It was too medicinal.  I haven’t tried other flavorings, but would think using a flavored chocolate such as hazelnut, almond or orange would be delicious.  You could also add a tablespoon of liquor or brandy if you choose.

Serving size –  The original recipe calls for the chocolate to be poured into espresso cups, but you can use whatever small serving dishes you have.  I’ve used wine glasses, espresso cups, ramekins, and these cute little chocolate cups I found at World Market.  This is a really rich chocolate dessert, so a little does go a long way and if you add whipped cream, it makes it even richer.


Chocolate Pots with a hint of coffee


This Chocolate Pot recipe was SO easy and is the perfect recipe for all of you chocolate lovers out there.  Use your favorite chocolate and enjoy!

If you like this chocolate treat, then you’ll love these little Fiery Chocolate Shots.




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84 Responses to “Chocolate Pot with a Hint of Coffee”

  1. Carole from Carole's Chatter March 19, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

    Hi MJ. Fab dish, it’s on my shortlist for a feature Cheers

    • mj March 19, 2015 at 8:35 pm #

      Thanks so much Carole!

  2. Erlene March 19, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

    Oh my these look wonderful! Such a pretty dessert.

    • mj March 19, 2015 at 8:35 pm #

      Thanks Erlene!

  3. Jodee Weiland February 14, 2014 at 11:57 am #

    What a great idea, MJ, and so pretty! This looks delicious. I love the mixture of coffee and chocolate. That has got to taste great. Thanks for sharing!

    • mj February 15, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

      Thanks so much Jodee! It is quite delicious and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing on G+!

  4. Cafe Cup May 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. It seems a lovely treat for Valentine’s Day. Nice post.

  5. cooking rookie February 15, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous! I was in awe of pots de creme until I tried one recipe and could not believe how easy it was to make. I love your addition of coffee. And the presentation is stunning!

  6. Nancy @ gottagetbaked February 15, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    I would swoon if someone made me these gorgeous, luscious, creamy chocolate pots. I love the heartshaped chocolate cups too – so cute. And I’m totally onboard with the full fat cream – full fat all the way!

  7. Biren @ Tea Tattler February 14, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    What a gorgeous dessert, MJ! I love Green & Black chocolates and can imagine how delicious this must be. Great idea mixing up the different types of chocolates. Thanks for sharing these at Tea Tattle Thursday! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  8. fati's recipes February 14, 2013 at 4:42 am #

    MJ, when I saw these I was terribly excited to see the way you made the hearts for the creme… When you said they were store bought – I couldn’t help myself but but a set of six tiny heart-shaped pans to make the pots, and fill them with your recipe! 🙂
    The creme looks great, like it has the perfect texture. My pans are on their way being shipped, even if I make these, I know I couldn’t do them justice with the a photo – your photos are absolutely gorgeous!

  9. Sanjeeta kk February 14, 2013 at 4:20 am # dd I miss this one..and I want, want those cute little chocolate cups. Lovely pictures, MJ…so now you have an in-house stylist as well 😉 wonderful job.

  10. Heide M. February 13, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    I’ll have to try this.

  11. Debi Recipes For My Boys February 13, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Thank you for sharing on Thursday’s Treasures. They are great! I’m featuring these on week 73. Please stop by my blog and pick up my “featured on” button. <3 and hugs!

  12. Javelin Warrior February 13, 2013 at 6:28 am #

    These are so cute, MJ! And you’re right, it is super-simple. The real trick, as you pointed out, would be getting the right combo of cocoa percentages to balance out the bitter/sweet. I love the blend of dark and milk chocolate and the addition of coffee. I’m sure you had no problems finding a willing taste-tester 😉 Thanks so much for sharing…

  13. Swathi February 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Great valentine dessert, chocolate and coffee who can say no to this.

  14. Nami | Just One Cookbook February 12, 2013 at 1:01 am #

    MJ, this is one of the most beautiful chocolate treats I’ve seen this year on food blogs! I love these cute little heart shape so much. I wouldn’t believe the prep time is just 10 minutes! WHAT? Are you serious!!! No one will EVER think that I made this at last minute. 😉 Beautiful photography too… I LOVE this post!

  15. Kankana February 11, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    So very cute and that heart shape is a work of art!

  16. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking February 11, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    I’ve been staring for at least 5 minutes at these gorgeous chocolate hearts. Tomorrow I’m going to World Market, they better have those chocolate cups! I’ll be dreaming about them tonight!
    Gorgeous, simply gorgeous!
    Thanks for bringing them to this month chocolate party, wish you actually mailed one or two directly to my house

    • mj February 11, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

      Thanks Roxana! I hope you can find the cups! Sorry I can’t mail them. It would probably be one chocolate mess once it got there, but thanks for the order. 🙂

  17. Charles February 11, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    Ah, this looks right up my alley! Rich, chocolatey – what could be better for the month of February! I have a couple of espresso cups, although I’m loving those chocolate cups you found… how delightful!

  18. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings February 11, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    this look great- So glad to be posting with you through the chocolate party 🙂

  19. Rita Bose February 11, 2013 at 4:57 am #

    Yum! I love chocolate!! The chocolate pots look so delicious and cute!! Can’t wait to try it !!

  20. Amy Tong February 10, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Oh my…this is beautiful and so perfect for V-day celebration….or any day. As a chocolate lover, I’m happy to have this any day of the year. 😛 I love chocolate and coffee together. That’s just perfect flavor combination.

    • mj February 11, 2013 at 12:04 am #

      Thanks Amy! Glad to see there is another coffee and chocolate lover out there! It’s one of my favorites.

  21. Anne@FromMySweetHeart February 10, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    MJ…this dessert is stunning! I will have to keep my eye out for those heart shaped chocolate cups….but in the meanwhile….I think I can eat your luscious coffee and chocolate cream right out of the bowl! Beautiful photos….I am in awe! : )

    • mj February 11, 2013 at 12:03 am #

      Thanks Anne! I’m with you – it was hard not to just grab a spoon and eat rather than even pour it up. 🙂

  22. Nancy/SpicieFoodie February 10, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    MJ, these little pots are just gorgeous! I’m a chocolate fiend and love that it is an easy recipe. Thanks for sharing and congrats on winning.

  23. Chaya February 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    This is fantastic. Such a pretty dish. Kudos.

  24. Cindys Recipes and Writings February 9, 2013 at 6:53 am #

    Beautiful MJ! Mouth-watering applause!

  25. Adora's Box February 9, 2013 at 2:55 am #

    So sweet and pretty, MJ. So perfect for Valentine’s day dinner date. Love that it’s easy to prepare.

  26. Jane February 8, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    Oh my gosh, those chocolate cups are so adorable!! I thought maybe the cup itself was made of chocolate, they are so cute! I love the chocolate and coffee mixture too, that sounds awesome!

    • mj February 10, 2013 at 9:26 am #

      Thanks Jane! And yes – the cups are made from chocolate as well! I had to let the mixture cool quite a bit before pouring so that I wouldn’t melt the cups. But as creamy as this treat is, that wasn’t a problem. It was still pourable even an hour later.

  27. Janani February 8, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    wow what a stunning chocolate.Love it beautiful click.

  28. Janani February 8, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    wow a stunning chocolate love ittttttttt.beautiful c

  29. Viviane Bauquet Farre / Food and Style February 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    Mj… Your recipe just put me in the mood for Valentine’s Day… and chocolate! Beautiful!

  30. Kate@Diethood February 8, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Holy moly, MJ! This is terrific!! I want all of it all for myself! 🙂
    I need to win one of those prize packs…yummo!

  31. Amber @ The Cook's Sister February 8, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    I love your serving cups, they look perfect for this delicious sounding dessert!

  32. beyondthepeel February 8, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    I’ve been eyeballing some pot a creme recipes for some time and haven’t tried yet. But this is a great reminder to do so. What a perfect Valentine’s idea.

    • mj February 10, 2013 at 9:24 am #

      Thanks France! These are so easy and SO tasty! Have a great V-Day!

  33. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles February 8, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    So I literally gasped when I opened this post…. it was just like receiving a gift. Seriously beautiful MJ and your shots really capture that luminous Valentine spirit.

    Now I must have read this post 3 times before I finally got the part about you buying the heart containers… (I thought, gosh they’re gorgeous but I’m so not a fussy baker or fine chocolate maker 😉 how am I ever going to pull that off?!!) Happy (relieved) to know you scooped these up – and what a find! Your creamy chocolate-coffee mixture sounds utterly heavenly MJ. I can’t wait to try this!

    • mj February 10, 2013 at 9:23 am #

      Thanks Kelly! I know the pictures are pretty cliche’ for me, but I couldn’t help it once I saw those cups. They were perfect! And NO, I didn’t make them! 🙂 I wouldn’t even know where to begin. If you do make these I hope you enjoy! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  34. Terra February 8, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    This is a dessert my hubby and dear friends would devour! The way served the Chocolate pot was truly beautiful! Gorgeous, Hugs, Terra

  35. wok with ray February 8, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    OMG, MJ! After I typed “OMG, MJ!” I don’t know what else to type! Seriously! I am not only speechless but “typeless.” Haha! This image is stunning! I hardly share food photos in Pinterest (including mine) but this I have to share. This is an all-out-proud-of-you “Share” MJ. I know you styled this but did Bobby take the picture? Wow!

    • mj February 8, 2013 at 9:40 am #

      Ray – you do my heart good!!!! What great comments to start my day! Actually, I took all of the photos except for the close-up. Bobby use his macro lens for that one. Bobby also helped with the styling on the first shots. He suggested the white on red on white. I think it worked great! Thanks so much for your wonderful comments on the pictures! Have a great weekend my friend!

  36. Giulietta | Alterkitchen February 8, 2013 at 5:30 am #

    Those heart-shaped pot are amazing, so so so beautiful!
    I’d love to taste one of those delicacies 🙂

    Have a great week-end, my friend!

  37. Sissi February 8, 2013 at 4:00 am #

    I am sincerely impressed by this beautiful presentation! It looks like a dessert in a fancy restaurant. And of course the easy and quick recipe! The ganache you have made is my favourite quick chocolate craving fix. I always add a hint of instant coffee, but of course real coffee tastes better. I must try mixing milk and dark chocolate one day. It sounds like a great idea. Have you every tried melting chocolate and combining it with whipped cream? It takes a bit more time but is an easier version of chocolate mousse (I once posted it).

    • mj February 8, 2013 at 9:36 am #

      Thanks Sissi! The dark and milk chocolate combo was really my favorite. It was the first time I had done it and yielded great results. No, I’ve never mixed chocolate with whipped cream. I’ll have to check your recipe. Thanks for letting me know!!! As a chocolate lover, I’m always looking for more easy chocolate ideas. 😉

      • Sissi February 11, 2013 at 4:17 am #

        Just in case you are interested (the raspberries where in season then but I’m sure it would go with any fruit and without fruit too!): Quick Eggless Chocolate Mousse: I sometimes feel the world of chocolate desserts is never ending… Luckily!

  38. Hotly Spiced February 8, 2013 at 2:48 am #

    This looks so pretty for Valentine’s Day. And I just love that brand of chocolate. What a blessing to be given some xx

  39. Tessa February 7, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    These are absolutely gorgeous MJ! And those serving cups are perfect for the chocolate! At first, I thought they were chocolate too! Beautiful!

    • mj February 8, 2013 at 9:33 am #

      Thanks Tessa! The serving cups are chocolate! They are a mix of dark and white chocolate. I found them at World Market.

  40. Michelle @ Simplify, Live, Love February 7, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    Oh. My. I. Love. All. Things. Chocolate. This is soooo beautiful, MJ! Pinning for sure. Sadly, I am away from my love this Valentine’s Day. Not sure about making something so beautiful for my 4-destroy-everything-in-reach-children. 😉

    • mj February 8, 2013 at 9:33 am #

      Thanks Michelle! So sorry to hear you’ll be away from your Valentine on D-Day! 🙁 Yep – I would definitely wait until he gets home. The kids would probably be happier with the chocolate bars. 🙂

  41. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies February 7, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    Just gorgeous! These would be the perfect little bit of indulgence for Valentine’s Day. 🙂

  42. Vicky February 7, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Wow! I am so envious! I LOVE Green & Blacks, I remember for a birthday once my son gave me a tote bag which was full of miniatures, oh the joy!!!

    The recipe looks gorgeous!

  43. john@kitchenriffs February 7, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    Wow, what a tasty recipe! This really is easy, and it looks wonderful. Plus I’m always looking for a chance to use really nice chocolate! I’d think a hit of an orange liqueur might be a nice addition to this, as well as brandy or dark rum. BTW, love the idea of sprinkling a bit of sea salt on these. Good stuff – thanks.

    • mj February 8, 2013 at 9:31 am #

      Thanks John! You read my mind about the orange liqueur. I have a bottle of Cointreau in the pantry so I’ll have to give it a try! The dark rum sounds pretty darn good as well. The sea salt is fabulous!

  44. The Wimpy Vegetarian February 7, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    I love the simplicity of this – no artifice – just everything we want. And I love, love, love the little chocolate cups. I’ll have to look for some of those at our World Market too 🙂

  45. Food Jaunts February 7, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    I love the chocolate pot recipe (hello, everything my sweet tooth desires) but where did you get the cute little chocolate heart cups? Those are like the perfect thing to serve it in. Wait – reading the other comments and saw your answer.

    Either way, I’ll just make the chocolate pot recipe to serve, my husband will go crazy for it.

    • mj February 8, 2013 at 9:28 am #

      Thanks FJ! Bobby is already asking when am I going to make another batch? 🙂

  46. Reese@SeasonwithSpice February 7, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    Ooo…I like your last image with the tempting chocolate pots against the red backdrop, MJ. I will need to double the recipe since 4-6 pots are never enough! Wouldn’t it be nice if it was really a 5-min cooling process as well?:)

    • mj February 8, 2013 at 9:27 am #

      Thanks Reese! I know what you mean about the amount, but since this is so easy to make, I can make it a couple of times a week and then in a month or two buy a larger jean size. 🙂 5-minute cooling or even an hour – NOT! You can speed it up by putting it in the fridge, but then you have to let it come to room temp again, so no point in that. Hope you and Mark have a great weekend!

  47. Soni February 7, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    What a lovely dessert for V-Day!Love how easy it is and your pics are just gorgeous!!Love the heart cups too 🙂

  48. Tina (PinayInTexas) February 7, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    This is definitely a stunning dessert but sounds so easy to make, MJ! Love the chocolate cups you used! At first I thought making them is part of the recipe. Such a relief to know that you just bought them! 🙂

    • mj February 8, 2013 at 9:24 am #

      Thanks Tina! Nope – I definitely didn’t make the cups! I was thrilled when I found them and I wasn’t even looking for them. They were just there. 🙂

  49. Shannon | Just As Delish February 7, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    Wow this is perfect for V-Day! easy and decadent, and heart shape choc cups just complete the dessert

  50. Judy @Savoring Today February 7, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    Chocolate loving people that we are, this is right up our alley. We also have a World Market in our area, so I will look for the chocolate cups! One question, did you have any issue with the warm chocolate compromising your chocolate cups? Or did you wait a little bit to let it cool before pouring into them?

    • mj February 7, 2013 at 8:03 am #

      Thanks Judy! Yes, I did have to let the hot chocolate cool before pouring into these cups. Since this chocolate pot doesn’t really harden, I let it sit for about an hour. After that I had no issues with the cups. Hope you can find them. They taste as good as they look. 🙂

  51. Nads February 7, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    PS: I’m surprised you didn’t add a little chili powder. Even I find chocolate and chili rather enticing.

    • mj February 7, 2013 at 7:59 am #

      SSSHHHHHH! That’s my plan for V-day! 🙂

  52. ChgoJohn February 7, 2013 at 7:17 am #

    This is so not fair, MJ. Posts like this should come with a warning for your fellow chocoholics. How can any of us be expected to have a productive day with the image of your chocolate pots in our heads? Did you really have to use those chocolate cups, too? I’m going to have a lie-down. Maybe I can restart my day in an hour — and then run to a grocery for some chocolate and cream. 🙂

    • mj February 7, 2013 at 7:59 am #

      John – you’re funny! I know what you mean though. I made these and left them on the counter with plans to take the pictures the following day. I finally had to hide them because they were driving Bobby and me crazy just sitting there saying “eat me!”. 🙂 Have a great chocolate filled day my friend. 🙂

  53. Nads February 7, 2013 at 7:13 am #

    What beautiful shots! Are those lovely little heart cups edible? Although I’m not a chocoholic like some people I know (two on this side of the message and at least one on that side come to mind), I still find this extremely tempting. For sure I will pass it on to Brynn if she doesn’t see it on her own. When she does I have a feeling we will be finding chocolate pots all over the kitchen like we did with all her chocolate creations during the holidays.

    • mj February 7, 2013 at 7:56 am #

      Good morning! Yes, the hearts are edible and quite good – a mix of dark and white chocolate. Brynn will love these and she’ll have as much fun as I did creating different flavors. They are really good and So easy!

  54. Caroline Taylor February 7, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    This is so pretty! I love how it looks and the subtle coffee would be great.

  55. Diane Balch February 7, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    Love a hint of coffee in chocolate these are beautiful hearts.

  56. Ramona February 7, 2013 at 5:22 am #

    MJ, you are speaking to a fellow chocolate lover. My favorite the dark chocolate because no one in my family likes them and I get to enjoy them all by myself. 🙂 I wish I could devour these amazing looking chocolate pots. 🙂 They look beautiful! 🙂

  57. Katerina February 7, 2013 at 4:10 am #

    I am a huge chocolate lover myself! They look absolutely fantastic with a very professional shape!

  58. Debra February 7, 2013 at 2:16 am #

    What a great prize package and what a great way to use some of that delicious chocolate. This would be the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert!

  59. Angie@Angie's Recipes February 7, 2013 at 1:46 am #

    wow that’s a 5-star V-day dessert! The heart shaped serving cups are really gorgeous.

    • mj February 7, 2013 at 7:54 am #

      Thanks Angie! When I saw those cups, I had to buy them!


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