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5 Must-Try Hot Cocoa Recipes for the Chilly Months Ahead


October 18, 2023

If you love classic hot chocolate on cold winter days like the ones coming up, you should know there are many other unique types of hot chocolate to try. Here are the top 5 that stand out:

1) Unicorn Hot Chocolate

(Recipe from Favorite Family Recipes)

This recipe from Erica Walker is a childhood and family favorite. It is very sweet and rich and is perfect for cold days and parties. With some half-and-half, milk, vanilla extract, white chocolate chips, food coloring, whipped cream as wanted, and sprinkles, you can make this deliciously special drink.

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Alexander Grey from Unsplash

2) Rose Hot Chocolate

(Recipe from Vancouver with Love)

This smooth, rich, and unique hot chocolate from Elizabeth makes a great addition to the classic hot chocolate and is great for the cold days ahead. With only a few ingredients: dark chocolate, cocoa powder, maple syrup, milk, rose water, and salt, it is quick and easy to make as well as delicious.

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3) Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

(Recipe from Food Network)

This delicious and festive hot chocolate makes a great treat for getting into the winter spirit. With milk, cocoa powder, sugar, molasses, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, freshly grated nutmeg, allspice, milk chocolate, whipped cream, and marshmallows, you can make this treat on a cold winter or fall day to create a flavorful and warm feeling.

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4) Spicy Caramel Hot Chocolate

(Recipe from Will Cook for Smiles)

This hot chocolate from Lyuba Brooke makes a great take on two classics. Cayenne pepper adds a great spice to balance out the sweetness of the caramel and chocolate, giving it a great flavor. All you need to make this treat is milk, cocoa powder, semi-sweet baking chocolate, hot caramel topping, sugar (optional), ground cinnamon, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and for the suggested toppings; marshmallows, whipped cream, more hot caramel topping, and a sprinkle of more cayenne pepper.

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Nica Cn on Unsplash

5) Peppermint Hot Chocolate

(Recipe from Martha Stewart)

This hot chocolate is delicious and great for the winter season. You only need the following five ingredients: unsweetened cocoa powder, milk, semisweet chocolate chips, peppermint sticks (some whole, some crushed), and a pinch of salt (along with an optional peppermint stick) to make this simple and sweet drink.

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Anuja Tilj from Unsplash

These recipes are great for the upcoming season and create a uniqueness to the warm feeling we get from drinking classic hot chocolate. I hope these treats make your fall or winter day even more special and bring you that warm feeling along with something a little more flavorful and special.

Leah Southerland
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