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Oliver, Honest Mum's son makes his hot chocolate recipe

To celebrate the launch of Arla’s Lactofree milk into the UK’s leading coffee shop chain Costa, my son, Oliver, 9, has created his favourite hot chocolate recipe for you in this post and the video below using the lactose free milk.

My son prefers Arla’s whole milk (the Arla varieties also come in Skimmed and Semi-Skimmed) and are all without lactose which can prove hard to digest. These Lactofree milks are easier to digest for those who may be lactose intolerant or who have a sensitive gut.

Arla Lactofree milk

Oliver gave the milk the thumbs up saying it had the same taste as his usual milk. There was no unexpected flavour or after-taste when he drank it straight in a glass, or when he rustled up his own hot chocolate recipe.

Oliver makes lactose free hot chocolate

To make his hot chocolate recipe you will need:


  • 1 cup of Arla whole milk (we measured it in the large Costa cup you can buy in select stores and supermarkets)
  • 4 teaspoons of cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons of sugar


Stir the cocoa powder and sugar into the cold milk then pop into a saucepan on a medium heat and whisk until smooth and blended. Remove the pan from the heat just before it boils over and ensure it’s cool enough for your child to drink. Oliver couldn’t wait so drank it with his teaspoon at first.

hot chocolate

You can of course order the drink or ask for Arla Lactofree milk in any of your usual drinks in Costa across the UK.

Hot chocolate recipe

You can find out more about the Lactofree milk varieties by Arlo below.

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94 Responses

  1. Jo Carroll

    I consider coffee to be the fuel to my engine and Costa Coffee is premium quality plus I always come away with a muffin 😉 x

  2. Ellen Stafford

    I would love to take my sister to Costa for a chin wag. We both love it!

  3. Laura Chapman

    I’m obsessed with coffee and after my 25 mile commute to work every morning, I often stop off! Would love to win to give my bank balance a break and have a little treat!

  4. Ruth Harwood

    love costa, I often go in just to sit and read with the world passing by around me!!

  5. Lisa Parker

    I would love to win as going out for a proper coffee makes me feel like a grown up! (BTW I’m 52 lol)

  6. Laura Pritchard

    My team at work love a good Costa so this would win me a lot of brownie points with them!

  7. Rachael G

    Love a treat with the family after a hard week. This would be perfect for a bit of catch up time away from work and school!

  8. Fiona Paley

    I love hot chocolate from Costa but it’s not something I can afford to get on a regular basis although I used to get one every week.

  9. Laura Walker

    Out and about with two small children coffee fixes are greatly appreciated

  10. Lorna Ledger

    Love Costa, Love a posh drink, and great work on their new range

  11. Laura Jeffs

    My husband and I love Costa, it’s our favourite coffee place…it would be awesome if I won! Thank you for the chance

  12. Dawn Samples

    I love Costa and its great that they are now catering for many people whom are lactose intolerant. I like a coconut flat white x

  13. Gemma Clark

    We are huge fans of costa and my godson is lactose intolerant so this would be a great treat for him!

  14. charlotte isobelle

    we love costa although it is a treat so we would love a treat!

  15. Sarah Blackwell-Hughes

    We absolutely love a trip to Costa including a babycino so this would be lovely!

  16. Rosalind Amison

    My family and I love a slow Sunday morning in Costa after a dog walk.

  17. Yvonne Stevens

    Costa coffee is always delicious it good step forward that Costa are now introducing lactose free milk

  18. Annie Ley

    I would love to win because there is a Costa right next to where I work, I am trying to keep to a tight budget to save to go on holiday, so I’ve had to cut back on the luxury coffees and treats, this would be an amazing way to get my coffee, and still save for my holiday.

  19. Hayley F

    Wow so excited that costa now have the milk I usually drink. I’d love to win as I love going to costa with my mum x

  20. Emma Ferguson

    I would love to win as love Costa coffee. Also, at home I drink lactose free milk and it’s great Costa are now offering this type of milk


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