Winter is nearly here, and that means it's officially hot chocolate season! Here are nine irresistible hot chocolate recipes that'll warm you up all winter long

1. Peppermint hot chocolate

1. Peppermint hot chocolate

Serve this yummy holiday drink with a peppermint stick. This recipe makes four servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 quart milk
  • 7 peppermint sticks -- 3 crushed and 4 left whole
  • Pinch of salt

Directions:

  • Place the cocoa in a saucepan
  • Slowly whisk in milk until the cocoa is dissolved
  • Add chocolate chips and crushed peppermint
  • Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally
  • Chocolate and peppermint should be melted
  • Bring to a boil and remove from heat
  • Add salt
  • Pour into mugs, and serve with a peppermint stick
2. Pumpkin spice hot chocolate-1

2. Pumpkin spice hot chocolate

This hot chocolate is made using real pumpkin puree. this recipe yields one serving.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

  • In a saucepan, combine all ingredients and heat on medium until chocolate has melted
  • Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream
3. Apple cider hot chocolate

3. Apple cider hot chocolate

This hot chocolate is made with real vanilla extract and apple cider. This recipe makes four servings.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces white chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon boiled cider
  • 1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • Mini marshmallows

Directions:

  • Heat the cider and cream together in a saucepan over medium heat
  • Bring to a boil
  • Remove from heat, and add white chocolate, vanilla, apple pie spice, and boiled cider
  • Whisk until smooth
  • Pour into mugs and top with marshmallows
4. White hot chocolate

4. White hot chocolate

This is a delicious variant on traditional hot chocolate. This recipe makes four servings.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces white chocolate chips
  • Whipped cream

Directions:

  • In a medium saucepan, stir together the milk, vanilla, and white chocolate chips
  • Stir over medium heat until the white hot chocolate comes to a simmer
  • Remove from heat, and pour into mugs
  • Top with whipped cream
5. Peanut butter hot chocolate copy

5. Peanut butter hot chocolate

This hot chocolate drink tastes just like Reese's Pieces. This recipe makes one serving.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup mini marshmallows

Directions:

  • Bring milk and cream to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat
  • When the milk begins to steam, add the chocolate and stir until it melts
  • Add the peanut butter and stir until melted
  • Pour into a mug and top with mini marshmallows
6. Hazelnut

6. Hazelnut hot chocolate

This hot chocolate contains yummy hazelnut praline paste. This recipe makes one serving.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 ounce unsweetened bitter chocolate
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • Hazelnut praline paste
  • Whipped cream

Directions:

  • Combine the cocoa powder, unsweetened chocolate and milk in a saucepan over medium heat
  • Stir until the chocolate is melted
  • Then stir in the cinnamon and hazelnut praline paste to taste
  • Blend the mixture using an immersion blender
  • Pour mixture into mug and top with whipped cream
7. Caramel hot chocolate

7. Caramel hot chocolate

This incredibly rich and indulgent hot chocolate is made with salted caramel. This recipe makes four servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chopped
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chopped
  • Pinch of salt
  • Whipped cream
  • Caramel sauce

Directions:

  • In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and lemon juice
  • Add the sugar to a saucepan over medium heat, stirring continuously
  • Stream in the milk and continue to stir until you have a smooth liquid
  • Remove the pan from heat
  • Add the chocolates to the pan and whisk until smooth
  • Add a pinch of salt
  • pour into a mug and top with whipped cream and caramel sauce
8. Eggnog hot chocolate

8. Eggnog hot chocolate

This hot chocolate is formulated with nutmeg and real eggnog. This recipe makes one serving.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups light eggnog
  • 1 packet hot chocolate mix
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Mini marshmallows

Directions:

  • Heat the eggnog in a large mug using a microwave until steaming hot
  • Stir in hot chocolate mix, cinnamon, and nutmeg until dissolved
  • Top with marshmallows and serve
9. Cardamom spiced hot chocolate

9. Cardamom spiced hot chocolate

The cardamom spice in this hot chocolate will remind you of winter. This recipe makes one serving.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom

Directions:

  • Warm the milk over medium heat in a saucepan
  • Whisk in the cocoa powder, maple syrup and cardamom
  • Pour into a mug and serve
References
  1. "22 Hot Chocolates You Must Make This Winter," BuzzFeed, November 27, 2014.

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