13 flavour ideas to take your hot chocolate to the next level

For drinking under a blanket on your sofa

13 flavour ideas to take your hot chocolate to the next level

Sometimes all you want to do is hunker down on the sofa under a cosy blanket with a steaming cup of hot chocolate. 

It's guaranteed to warm you up from the inside out and help you to drift off into a dreamy sleep on chilly winter evenings (although, let's be honest, hot chocolate works at any time of the day, or year!). 

And, as we all know, melted chocolate lends itself to lots of delicious flavour combinations - from the ubiquitous salted caramel, or delicious peanut butter, to cheeky boozy twists. 

So, just add these extra flavours to take your cuppa to the next level. 

Flavours for all the family

1. Nutella

Everything's better with Nutella. Just heat up a cup of milk on the stove and stir in two (or three) tablespoons of Nutella and whisk until hot and frothy. Add to your mug with a tablespoon of cocoa


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2. Peppermint

Make a regular cup of hot chocolate, either from scratch by melting dark chocolate together with milk and sugar, or by using a hot chocolate powder. Then, add one teaspoon of peppermint extract for that instant Christmas spirit. 

3. Salted caramel

Most things are improved with a dollop of salted caramel and hot chocolate is no different. Heat a cup of milk (approx. 250ml) with 50g of finely chopped dark chocolate and then add three tablespoons of Extra Special Salted Caramel Sauce (to taste). Dreamy. 

4. Orange

For this fruity little number, simply grate half a tablespoon of orange zest into a prepared mug of hot chocolate. It's like Terry's Chocolate Orange in liquid form. Probably. 

5. Peanut

You could add a dollop of peanut butter (we'll let you decide whether it should be smooth or crunchy) to your regular cup of hot chocolate. Or, you could try a mug of Peanut Hottie, a chocolate and peanut butter flavoured hot drink. Either way, this drink is velvety and oh so decadent. 

6. White chocolate

Sweet and very smooth. Heat up around 50g of white chocolate with a cup of milk (there's no need for any added sugar - this one's already sweet enough). You could then top with whipped cream and some shavings of white chocolate if you're feeling really fancy.

7. Gingerbread

What says Christmas is coming more than gingerbread (well, except maybe the Coca Cola ad)? For this spicy little number, you'll need to combine your cocoa with brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, allspice and ginger in a bowl before adding to your warm milk. Click here for the full recipe.


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8. Aztec

This one is perfect for really chilly nights. Simply add a pinch of cinnamon and a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper into a cup of hot chocolate you prepared earlier. It will clear the cobwebs out. 

9. Black Forest

For this 70s throwback, just stir in a spoonful of cherry jam and top with some spray cream and chocolate shavings for the full black forest effect. Who needs dessert?

10. Pumpkin Spice

Also known as autumn and winter combined in a cup. To make this rich, creamy concoction, you'll need to mix in some whipped cream with your hot chocolate mix, before stirring in a spoonful of pumpkin puree and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice. Click here for the full recipe. 


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11. Fudge

If you're after an instant treat, look no further than this hot chocolate powder, inspired by your favourite finger of Cadbury fudge. 

For adults-only

12. Red wine

Deliciously rich and indulgent, red wine hot chocolate is the latest obsession on Instagram. We've got three truly decadent recipe ideas for you to try - from a quick and easy version, to one with hazelnut, or one that combines red wine, chocolate, orange zest and cinnamon. 

13. Irish 

For a Gaelic take on the hot chocolate, just add a shot of Baileys, some whipped cream on top, and then kick off your slippers, curl up on the sofa and enjoy. 

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