You’re only 5 minutes and 4 ingredients away from having a chocolate dessert up your sleeve that impresses every time!
I love discovering and posting ‘cheat’ recipes that impress guests but take literally minutes to throw together.
A couple of my personal impressive but super quick and easy dessert favourites on the blog so far are my:
But I really think these 5-minute chocolate pots will be giving them a run for their money!
I spotted this recipe in a little cookbook by an organic chocolate company called Green and Blacks (beautiful chocolate, by the way). I thought about jotting it down, but didn’t even need to.
The recipe’s so easy, I just remembered it.
5 steps, 5 minutes:
Step 1: Melt 200 grams (that’s 7 ounces) melted chocolate (2 minutes tops).
Step 2: Stir 100 ml (just under half a cup) boiling water into it (1 minute).
Step 3: Whisk in 100ml (just under half a cup) double cream (about half a minute).
Step 4: Pour into shot glasses or similar (1 minute tops).
Step 5: Leave to set in the fridge and … enjoy!
These little chocolate pots are rich, as you can imagine. But honestly, not overly so. They’re like a chocolate ganache, but with the bit of added water they’re more like a luxury pudding.
I used a mixture of dark and milk chocolate for my chocolate pots, in a ratio of about 2 to 1, but you can use all dark chocolate or all milk if you prefer.
I also served them with a dollop of whipped cream on top and a piece of shortbread (both of these optional of course).
Adding a teaspoon of vanilla essence works well too, but this is up to you. Other flavours you can add include:
- peppermint essence
- orange zest
- instant coffee
- a large pinch of salt
These chocolate pots are definitely one of my go-to quick impressive desserts.
Give them a try! There’s no way your guests will realise they only took you 5 minutes, you sneaky thing.
To serve your 5-minute chocolate pots:
These whiskey shot glasses (affiliate link) would be perfect for serving your chocolate pots!
Scroll down to the video below the recipe to watch exactly how to make these!
5-minute chocolate pots (only 4 ingredients!)
5 minutes and just 4 ingredients for super simple chocolate pots that will impress any guests. Enjoy!
- 7 ounces chocolate plus a bit extra for grating
- 0.5 cups boiling water (actually, just under half a cup - 100ml)
- 0.5 cups heavy cream heavy cream = double cream (UK), thickened cream also works well (Australia)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence (optional)
- Break the chocolate up into a medium bowl, then melt in the microwave in 30-second spurts*.
- Add the water little by little, stirring until you have a smooth paste*.
- Whisk in the cream and vanilla (if using).
Pour into shot glasses or similar and let set in the fridge (IMPORTANT: see note!).
- Just before serving, top each dessert with a splodge of whipped cream and a bit of grated chocolate (if you like).
Original recipe by Green and Blacks.
*You can also melt the chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Just make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
*The chocolate will go stiff and grainy when you first start pouring the hot water in, but don’t worry. Just keep adding water and stirring until the mixture becomes smooth again.
IMPORTANT: A note on getting the chocolate pots to set correctly!
The original recipe that inspired this post said to leave the chocolate pots in a cool place to set for 45 minutes. I find though that that's no way near long enough for them to set properly. I prefer to let my desserts set in the fridge for a few hours before serving!
To be honest... I've tested and tested this recipe over several years and I find that the results vary very slightly each time according to what kind of chocolate and cream is used.
What type of cream & chocolate to use
It's important to use heavy/double cream or even thickened cream and to use really good quality chocolate (at least 40% cocoa). Chocolate with less cocoa in tends not to set so well!
I used dessert glasses for my chocolate pots, because that's what I had, but shot glasses or even espresso cups work really well.