8 Hot Cocoa Recipes Thatll Definitely Warm You UpWinter is practically here, and nothing screams warm, cozy nights in front of a roaring fire than hot chocolate. Here are eight hot cocoa recipes that'll definitely warm you up:

1. White hot cocoa

Nothing says winter like snow and white chocolate. This recipe contains white chocolate chips and plenty of marshmallows. This recipe yields four servings.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of milk
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Marshmallows for garnish

Directions:

  • Place the milk, white chocolate, vanilla and a pinch of salt in a medium saucepan
  • Whisk continuously over medium-low heat until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth
  • Serve garnished with marshmallows

2. Peppermint hot cocoa

This recipe tastes just like a peppermint patty, and it calls for real peppermint extract, too. This recipe yields three servings.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 3.2-ounce dark chocolate bar
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Whipped cream

Directions:

  • Add milk to a small saucepan over medium-low heat and warm
  • Once hot, add the chocolate and sugar and whisk to melt
  • Ensure everything gets combined
  • Remove from heat and add peppermint extract
  • Serve topped with whipped cream

3. Chai-spiced hot cocoa

If you're a chai lover, then you'll love this recipe that contains real cardamom, fresh ginger, and cinnamon sticks. This recipe yields six servings.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups low-fat milk
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 10 cardamom pods, cracked
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice, cracked
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 6 slices fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream

Directions:

  • In a heavy saucepan, combine the first six ingredients, sugar, and ginger slices
  • Bring almost to a simmer, whisking frequently
  • Remove from heat, cover, and steep for ten minutes
  • Mix in the vanilla
  • Ladle into six mugs, top with whipped cream, and serve

4. Orange hot cocoa

Who doesn't love chocolate oranges? This recipe uses real dark chocolate and orange peel to recreate the flavor. This recipe yields one-to-two servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 2-to-2 strips of orange peel
  • 1-ounce dark chocolate
  • Whipped cream

Directions:

  • Combine milk, sugar, and orange peel in a small saucepan over medium heat
  • Break up the chocolate into pieces in a small bowl
  • Stir milk frequently and heat until hot
  • Pour hot milk over the chocolate and stir until chocolate is melted
  • Serve topped with whipped cream

5. Cinnamon hot cocoa

This recipe is all about cinnamon and spice, and everything nice. This recipe yields five servings.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups light chocolate soymilk
  • 2 ounces semisweet baking chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Whipped cream

Directions:

  • In a saucepan, heat soymilk, chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon over low heat, continually stirring until chocolate is melted
  • Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly, then reduce to low and simmer for a few minutes
  • Garnish with whipped cream

6. French vanilla hot cocoa

Are you more into vanilla? This recipe incorporates decadent french vanilla creamer along with whipped cream. This recipe yields one serving.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons french vanilla creamer
  • Whipped cream
  • Marshmallows

Directions:

  • Pour one cup into a mug and warm it in the microwave
  • Add cocoa powder and sugar, and mix well
  • Then stir in the french vanilla creamer
  • Top with whipped cream and marshmallows

7. S'mores hot cocoa

Miss camping in the summer? Recreate it with this recipe that uses graham crackers and marshmallows. This recipe yields two servings.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons light chocolate syrup
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Crushed graham crackers

Directions:

  • Heat milk and water in a saucepan over medium heat until warmed
  • Add cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, sugar, and salt
  • Whisk vigorously until thoroughly combined
  • Add some graham cracker crumbs to the bottom of each mug
  • Pour in hot chocolate and top with marshmallows
  • Top with a drizzle of chocolate syrup and graham cracker crumbs

8. Gingerbread hot cocoa

This delicious hot cocoa recipe is made with a combination of spices and vanilla extract. This recipe yields 4 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Whipped cream

Directions:

  • Heat milk in a medium saucepan over low heat
  • Combine the cocoa powder, brown sugar, white sugar, and spices in a small bowl
  • Whisk into the milk until hot
  • Serve with whipped cream and cinnamon
References

1. "14 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Hot Chocolate," The Spruce Eats, July 14, 2019.

 

 

 

 

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