7 Superb Hot Chocolate Recipes for Winter

It’s freezing out there! Got to get warm when you get in from work or the school run or wherever you’ve been, and nothing beats a good hot chocolate when the wind, rain or snow is lashing it down outside your window. 

But while a plain old hot chocolate is nice, when you add a little magic to it it becomes a warming taste sensation. So here’s SEVEN ways to do just that. Yummy!

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

Image & Recipe Credit: The Hopeless Housewife

An all time classic that you and the kids will love. SO simple to make too.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups milk
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Whipped cream for topping

Method

  • In a medium saucepan over low heat, heat milk. While warming the milk, combine the cocoa powered, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, allspice and ginger in a small bowl. Whisk into the milk until hot. Serve with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Nutella Hot Chocolate

Nutella Hot Chocolate

Image & Recipe Credit: Gimme Some Oven

With just two ingredients this couldn’t be easier and, of course, Nutella-lovers gonna love it! 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of Nutella
  • 1 cup of Milk

Method

  • Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until steaming (not boiling), stirring occasionally.
  • Add in the Nutella, and whisk until dissolved.
  • Serve immediately, topped with whipped cream and your choice of other toppings (like chocolate syrup!)

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Image & Recipe Credit: Number-2-Pencil

A little bit of pep in your hot chocolate goes a long way – just try this one and see what I mean!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract
  • Whipped cream
  • Crushed candy cane

Method

  • Measure chocolate chips into a large heatproof bowl.
  • Heat milk and cream over medium heat until hot, but not boiling. Stir occasionally while heating.
  • Once hot, pour mixture into bowl over chocolate chip.
  • Add vanilla and peppermint extract.
  • Whisk until chocolate chips are completely melted.
  • Serve with whipped cream and crushed candy cane sprinkled on top.

Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

Image & Recipe Credit: One Sweet Mess

Because no recipe list I write is ever complete without a peanut butter version!

Ingredients

Method

  • Simmer milk and cream until hot to the touch and steaming.
  • Add in your chocolate and stir until smooth and melted.
  • Stir in peanut butter until just melted.
  • Pour the mixture into a big ol’ mug.
  • Top with mini mallows and enjoy.

Eggnog Hot Chocolate

Eggnog Hot Chocolate

Image & Recipe Credit: Lauren’s Latest

Eggnog is massively versatile and makes a really, really good hot chocolate. Check this out.

Ingredients

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

Method

  • In a large mug, heat eggnog in microwave to be steaming hot.
  • Stir in hot chocolate mix, cinnamon and nutmeg until dissolved.
  • Top with marshmallows and serve.

Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate

Image & Recipe Credit: Number-2-Pencil

If you prefer white chocolate to milk chocolate you needn’t miss out. This is one you’re going to enjoy time and again I reckon.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of good quality white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin spice
  • Whipped cream and additional pumpkin spice to sprinkle on top

Method

  • Heat cream and milk in a pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until hot but not boiling.
  • In a medium sized bowl, pour heated cream and milk over white chocolate chips. Stir until chips are melted.
  • Add vanilla extract and pumpkin spice.
  • Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice.

Hot Choc-Colada

Hot Choc-Colada

Image & Recipe Credit: Shugary Sweets

Hey, grown ups, why not add a little extra warmth to your hot chocolate with a dash (or more!) of rum? This Hot Choc-Colada recipe is awesome!

Ingredients

FOR THE HOT CHOCOLATE
  • 1 can (13.5oz) coconut milk
  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch of kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 3/4 cup Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • 4 cup water
FOR THE SPIKED WHIPPED CREAM
  • 1 cup heavy cream (cold)
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
FOR THE GARNISH
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut

Method

FOR THE TOASTED COCONUT
  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Pour bag of sweetened coconut flakes onto large baking sheet. Bake for 60-90 minutes, turning every 15 minutes until brown and toasted! Store in ziploc bag with all the air pressed out.
FOR THE SPIKED WHIPPED CREAM
  1. In a cold mixing bowl, whip heavy cream on medium-high until soft peaks form. Beat in sugar and rum until fully incorporated. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
FOR THE HOT CHOCOLATE
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, whisk together the coconut milk, condensed milk, cocoa powder, salt and pineapple juice. Do not boil. Reduce heat to simmer and add rum and water.
  2. Continue heating until desired temperature.
  3. To serve:
  4. Place honey in small saucer. Put toasted coconut in a small bowl. Dip rims of glass into honey, letting the excess drip off. Immediately press rim into toasted coconut, coating rim completely. Pour hot chocolate into glass, about 1 inch from rim, depending on style of glassware. Pipe whipped cream onto each glass and sprinkle with excess toasted coconut. Serve hot.

I know which one I’ll be having this evening…what about you?

~ Ben