5-minute chocolate pots (only 4 ingredients!)

5 minutes and just 4 ingredients for super simple chocolate pots that will impress any guests. Enjoy!

Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword chocolate, chocolate dessert, entertaining
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 or more if you use smaller glasses e.g. espresso cups, shot glasses
Calories 357 kcal
Author Helen


  • 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)
US Customary - Metric


  1. Break the chocolate up into a medium bowl, then melt in the microwave in 30-second spurts*.
  2. Add the water little by little, stirring until you have a smooth paste*.
  3. Whisk in the cream and vanilla (if using).
  4. Pour into shot glasses or similar and let set in the fridge (IMPORTANT: see note!).

  5. Just before serving, top each dessert with a splodge of whipped cream and a bit of grated chocolate (if you like).

Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
5-minute chocolate pots (only 4 ingredients!)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 16g80%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 19mg1%
Potassium 166mg5%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 435IU9%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.