Cozy up with a comforting cup of hot chocolate

Finding winter warmth


Nevada Berg, author and creator of the award-winning food and culture blog North Wild Kitchen, is regarded internationally as one of the most recognized voices for Norwegian food.

Nevada Berg
North Wild Kitchen

There’s nothing quite like a cup of hot chocolate to warm you up in the cold of winter. There’s a certain decadence to it, and I like mine served alongside anything baked. And that’s when it hit me. Maybe I can have the best of both worlds in one cup.

Norwegian baking and cardamom go together like bricks and mortar. Sugar & cream. Salt and pepper. Knives and forks. I digress …. But in all honesty, the two are concurrent with each other. Where there are boller (buns), there is cardamom. And when you enter any bakery in Norway, you will be welcomed in by that sweet, aromatic scent.

And so I thought, “If I can’t have my boller and my hot chocolate, why can’t I have my hot chocolate inspired by boller?” A creamy, subtly rich and flavorful cup of cocoa, which will satisfy all on its own. So here it is, one of my favorite versions to warm up any cold winter’s day or night.

(Varm Sjokolade med Kardemomme)

Makes 4 servings

Hot Chocolate

A creamy, subtly rich and flavorful cup of hot chocolate with cardamom will satisfy and warm you on cold winter’s day or night.


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 16 green cardamom pods,
    gently crushed
  • 2 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tsps. vanilla extract


  1. In a medium saucepan, add the milk and crushed cardamom pods. Over medium heat, slowly warm the milk until it reaches its boiling point, about 10-15 min., whisking occasionally. Scoop out the cardamom pods and take off the heat.
  2. Add in the chopped chocolate pieces and vanilla to the hot milk. Stir until blended.
  3. Top with whipped cream, ground cardamom, and shaved chocolate. Serve immediately.

Photos courtesy of North Wild Kitchen

This article originally appeared in the January 2024 issue of The Norwegian American.

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Nevada Berg

Nevada Berg, based in Numedal, Norway, is the author of the award-winning cookbook North Wild Kitchen: Home Cooking from the Heart of Norway, and she publishes recipes on her blog of the same name. Learn more at