These heavenly hot cocoa recipes will keep you warm all winter long. Alcoholic drinks can be made kid friendly by simply removing the booze. Plus: Try these creative hot chocolate mix-ins!
Hot White Chocolate with Cardamom
Creamy white chocolate combined with fragrant spices like cardamom and nutmeg warm up a quiet winter evening at home.
Nutella Hot Chocolate with Hazelnut Liqueur
Mixing chocolate-hazelnut Nutella spread into hot chocolate is a fun treat for kids – and for adults, a touch of Frangelico gives an extra dose of hazelnut flavor.
Irish Hot Chocolate
Mom and dad will love this warm milk chocolate: It takes a cue from Irish coffee with a sprinkle of salt, a splash of whiskey, and a frothy whipped cream topping.
Honeyed Hot Cocoa
Even hot chocolate can benefit from a touch of summer – ordinary cocoa picks up warm floral tones when sweetened with honey instead of sugar in this homey cup.
Fluffernutter Hot Cocoa
Marshmallow fluff, peanut butter, and milk chocolate create an indulgent hot chocolate that your kids will love – it tastes like a melted Reese’s peanut butter cup.
Bittersweet Hot Chocolate with Red Wine
We love nibbling dark chocolate while drinking red wine, but were surprised to find how well the flavors combines in this unexpected chocolate cocktail; After the kids are sound asleep, a glass of hot chocolate flavored with red wine is a well-deserved indulgence.
Mexican Hot Chocolate (Chocolate Caliente)
Mexican chocolate, often made at home with a coarse blend of sugar and ground cocoa, is perfect for making hot chocolate – in Mexico they prepare it with milk and water and serve with churros (Mexican fried dough sticks). Stateside, the rich, foamy drink breaks pairs perfectly with pastries for a morning sweet fix.
Hot Chocolate Agasajo-Style
Hot chocolate as it was originally served in 17th century Spain is a sumptuous affair. Rosewater, saffron, cinnamon, chiles, and vanilla simmered together make a glass of hot chocolate that is worthy of a truly special occasion.
The best topper to a mug of homemade hot chocolate is a fluffy homemade marshmallows, of course. Our collection of homemade marshmallow recipes ranges from fun flavors like chocolate or orange to homemade marshmallow fluff (which doubles as a decadent ice cream topping).
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