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Winter is ideal for the delicious treat we have for you today. As cold days approach and the temperatures drop, nothing can brighten your day like hot chocolate.

For some, chocolate may just be a simple ingredient. For me, it’s a way of life. There is an immense number of ways to enjoy this delight, but when it comes to chilly days, I always choose a steaming mug of thick and creamy hot chocolate.

I’m sure you will agree chocolate and holidays were made for each other, they are the perfect pair. This magical beverage has many different names. It is called drinking chocolate, hot cocoa, even chocolate tea in Nigeria. Today, you can find countless recipes for hot chocolate that will inspire you to make your special version at home. Here is my special selection:

1.   Traditional hot chocolate

We have to begin with the old-fashioned hot chocolate. Before we start savoring the endless list of hot chocolate recipes, let’s not forget where it all started.

In order to make the classic hot chocolate you will need some cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips, coconut palm sugar, almond milk, and pure vanilla extract. If you feel like it, you can use cinnamon sticks to stir it. Yummy!

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup coconut palm sugar
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 4 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Recipe details: Classic Hot Chocolate


2.  
Peppermint white hot chocolate

They say hot chocolate is like a hug from the inside. Let’s kick it up a notch and add some fire to it. You can use peppermint schnapps. Instead of using the old-fashioned dark chocolate, make this one special and use white chocolate. Stir the milk and the chopped white chocolate together and cook over medium heat. Do not bring it to a boil.

After the mixture is ready, add some vanilla and peppermint extract to enhance the peppermint flavour. To prepare others for what’s inside, use some peppermint crumbs on top of the hot chocolate. People will be pleasantly surprised by this magnificent combo.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups milk of your choice
  • 8 oz. white chocolate, chopped into small pieces (you can also use white chocolate chips)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • (optional) whipped cream, crushed peppermints or marshmallows on top

Recipe Details: Peppermint White Hot Chocolate


3.  
Hazelnut hot chocolate

The best thing about regular hot chocolate is that you can add a lot of twists to it and make your own signature. A dollop of chocolate hazelnut spread will make your taste buds dance. It basically tastes like drinking nutella.

After having prepared the hot chocolate itself, add the hazelnut spread, but only stir once or twice. You want to have that contrasty marble effect. If you are in the mood for more hazelnut crunchiness, you can add toasted hazelnuts on top of your homemade hot chocolate.

Ingredients:

  • 5 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup hazelnut flavored syrup
  • 3 ⅔ cups milk
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • (optional) tiny marshmallows and finely chopped chocolate on top

Recipe details: Dreamy Hazelnut Hot Chocolate


4.  
Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

If you feel like you are better suited for sunny days, I recommend you find some comfort food and drinks that will make you warm on the inside. Just like this Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate.

If you are a fan of pumpkin pie, you already know how much you’ll enjoy it. But if you’re not, I dare you to try it! It’s so smooth and creamy. Inspired by the popular Pumpkin Spice Latte, this is an amazing kids version, but can easily become adult-friendly if you add a shot of espresso. Enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • ⅓ cup hot cocoa mix
  • ¼ cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • (optional) whipped cream or marshmallows

Recipe Details: Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate


5.  
S’mores Hot Chocolate

Oh come on…. Look at that! Who would resist this? If I enter a coffee shop and see this on a poster, I am buying it! It’s just irresistible. Everything you want is in that cup…or you can even use a bowl (like we do in Europe).

If you feel like it, you can make some graham cracker crumbs and dip the rim of the cup in the crumbs. Pour that deliciousness in the cup and top it with some marshmallows. Toast the marshmallows so they melt in the mouth and drizzle melted chocolate to get that s’more effect. And yes…now I have to make one at home!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup water (or sub more milk)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp light chocolate syrup
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp non-bitter stevia (or 1-2 tbsp more sugar)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Graham crackers (crushed // for lining rim)
  • ½ cup marshmallows


Recipe Details: 
S’mores Hot Chocolate

If you too, like me, cannot resist these easy-to-make hot beverages, choose your favorite and fill the house with that irresistible chocolate aroma.

 

Some fun facts about hot chocolate

  • This soothing drink was first created more than 2,500 years ago.
  • It was created by the Mayans.
  • It can be reheated.
  • Can be made with dark, semisweet, or bittersweet chocolate.
  • It has several health benefits.
  • It contains a large amount of antioxidants that may help prevent cancer.
  • People visiting Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s plantation) can sample hot chocolate made the way Jefferson preferred it.

I believe that food should not only taste good, but make you feel good as well and that is why I am so interested in exploring ingredients, preparing meals, and finding ways to make the whole cooking experience fun and exciting! Being a blogger for MyGreatRecipes unites my two passions – food and writing, and I am enjoying every second of it!

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