Icelandic Chocolate Porridge – #choctoberfest

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019 by Chef Mireille

Icelandic Chocolate Porridge – #choctoberfest

Icelandic Chocolate Porridge – #choctoberfest – Kakosupa is a traditional comfort food Icelandic treat you won’t find in any restaurant!

Icelandic Chocolate Porridge - #choctoberfest

As many of you know if you have read my recent post detailing What & Where to Eat in Reykjavic, I recently came back from a trip to Iceland. Therefore, you know I had to present at least one Icelandic recipe for this weeks #choctoberfest.

As many of you know, I also work as children’s culinary teacher in an after school program where I focus on teaching them foods and culture from around the world. Cooking is a great vehicle to teach your kids about history, geography and so much more.

I hope when you make any of my delicious recipes you also talk to your kids about the history of the recipe so they know what part of the world they are eating from. Perhaps looks for the country on a map or a globe. Cooking can lead to reinforcing their sense of history, geography, culture and math (if they are actually helping you make the recipe also).

I learned so much Viking culinary history when I was in Iceland and had the chance to visit a 7th generation family farm. Check out Viking Food Stories at FarmHotel Efstidalur to find out all I learned so that you can also impart this knowledge to your family as you enjoy this Icelandic Chocolate Porridge – #choctobfest.


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Whenever I travel, I always pick up at least one cookbook featuring local cuisine. Iceland was no different and I adapted this recipe from Nanna Rognvaldardottir’s Icelandic Food & Cookery.

Porridge LR 3

This is a very traditional recipe you most likely won’t find in any restaurant, but homestyle Icelandic comfort food.

There are two ways of making this. You can either use cocoa powder or actual chocolate. Since I came back with a few bars of Icelandic chocolate (70% cacao), I decided to utilize this in the more elevated version of the recipe.

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In Iceland, whenever cocoa powder is used instead of dark chocolate, it is generally meant for kids. So this is the adult version of this traditional dessert.

Not only in Iceland, but you will find versions of this unique Icelandic Chocolate Porridge – Kakosupa in other parts of Scandinavia also – especially Denmark!

It is a very customizable. You can make it as thick or as thin as you prefer, depending on how much potato starch slurry you use.

Porridge LR 5

It can be served either warm or chilled, depending on the season.

Porridge LR 1

I hope I’ve interested you in checking out more delicious recipes from this part of the world. Check out some of my other Scandinavian recipes!

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Icelandic Chocolate Porridge – #choctoberfest

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: desserts
Cuisine: Icelandic
Servings: 4 people



  • Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate.
  • Transfer to a saucepan. Use a rubber spatula to make sure you get all of the chocolate.
  • Add 1 cup water, cinnamon, salt and sugar.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add milk and bring to the boil again.
  • Reduce to a simmer.
  • Make a slurry by whisking together the potato starch with 4 tablespoons water in a small bowl.
  • Add to the porridge and whisk well until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Simmer 5 minutes.
  • Serve warm or chilled.


You can adjust the level of thickness as you prefer, using more or less of the potato starch slurry.
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  1. Oh my, what a rich and luscious pudding Icelandic porridge that is . Hope you had a wonderful trip to Iceland – thanks for sharing this traditional dish from the region.

  2. I’ve only had porridge a few times, but I’ve always enjoyed it. I wonder if the chocolate would take it up a notch higher in the flavor profile?!

  3. Can’t I’ve ever thought to have chocolate and porridge together! I would have loved to have visited the 7th generation farm. That would have been so interesting. Bet you learnt a lot!

  4. Iceland has been on my list of places to go to for some time now. It’s so good to get a peek into homestyle Icelandic cooking. This chocolate porridge sounds amazing, I know my daughter would be beside herself if I put chocolate in her porridge! I’ll have to surprise her with this. Thank you for sharing it x

  5. 5 stars
    Very different porridge recipe. It is a kids delight. They will enjoy it happily. I guess we can even have it as a dessert too.

  6. 5 stars
    Wow! Such a delicious and thick porridge! I will love to have the Chocolate and porridge any day! This made such a yum breakfast and dessert too.

  7. This is sooooo not traditional Icelandic breakfast!!! I’m Icelandic and porridge with raiso and haggis is more traditional though today kids don’t really like the haggis in it but this is sooooo not Icelandic breakfast in any form!!!

    • As I mentioned in this post, this recipe was adapted from an Icelandic cookbook I purchased when I visited. The author is Icelandic so perhaps it is a regional recipe or one that has gone out of mode in recent years. As with any culture, recipes vary from region to region and from family to family.

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