Chilly evenings were made for a delicious cup of hot chocolate. Snuggling up underneath a blanket with a warm cup of cocoa is the cosiest way to relax. Although having said that, there's nothing wrong with indulging in a tasty cup whatever the weather! Because sometimes you need a chocolate fix and only a mug of comforting hot chocolate will do. And just when you think that a cup of chocolatey goodness can't get any better, we've got 12 hot chocolate recipes that will knock your socks off.
Whether you make your hot chocolate from scratch or use an instant mix, a few simple ingredients and tips can transform your drink from good to great. From decadent boozy twists to on-trend foodie flavours, these hot chocolate recipes will take your love of cocoa to the next level. You might just find a new family favourite!
1. White chocolate
Give your standard cup of hot chocolate a velvety twist with white chocolate. Sweet and smooth, make by simply heating up some white chocolate buttons or bars with milk in a pan. Start with approximately 50g of chocolate per mug of milk and adjust according to taste. Top with whipped cream and shaved white chocolate for a delicious treat.
More like a dessert than a beverage, this s'mores hot chocolate recipe made with marshmallows, digestive biscuits and chocolate sauce tastes as good as it looks! Get the smores hot chocolate recipe.
Give your hot chocolate a fruity twist by adding some orange zest into the mix. Orange and chocolate are a classic combination, complimenting each other wonderfully. For an extra treat, top with whipped cream and even more orange zest. Gorgeous!
4. Fruity hot chocolate
Want even more lovely fruit flavour in your hot cocoa? Try stirring in a spoonful of jam into your drink. Raspberry and strawberry work a treat!
Got some peppermint sweets lying around the bottom of your handbag? Try throwing one into your cup of hot chocolate! You'll end up with a lovely, minty drink that smells wonderful too.
Hot chocolate plus even more chocolate? Yes please! To make, simply heat up milk on the stove and add a dollop (or two or three) of Nutella. Stir in the hazelnutty goodness and pour over cocoa mixture as usual. Yum!
Got leftover cinnamon sticks from Christmas? Don't let them go to waste! Use them as stirrers in your cup of hot chocolate to add subtle cinnamon flavour. For an extra flavour boost, top your drink with some ground cinnamon.
8. Aztec hot cocoa
This delicious treat will warm you up in more ways than one! Add a pinch of cinnamon and cayenne pepper into a prepared mug of chocolate and stir. Finish with a cinnamon stick for extra flair and extra cinnamon flavour.
9. Peanut butter
Go nutty by adding a dollop of peanut butter (smooth or crunchy) into your hot chocolate. Stir it in, making sure to keep the spoon nearby to scrape up all the peanut butter at the bottom. For a really decadent snack, top with whipped cream and salted peanuts. Wow!
10. Irish hot chocolate
Creamy, indulgent and oh-so-tasty, Baileys is an adults-only treat that can be added to hot chocolate for a luxurious drink. Add approximately one shot of booze per mug, top with whipped cream and enjoy.
11. Sea salt whipped cream
The contrast of sweet and salty whipped cream works wonderfully with rich hot chocolate. Prepare hot chocolate as usual, then top with whipped cream that's been mixed with a pinch of sea salt and a tablespoon of sugar. Those who love the mixture of salty and sweet can add even more salt. Yum!
12. Lavender hot chocolate
Give your cup of cocoa a floral twist by incorporating some lavender. The trick is to not go overboard – you only want a light floral flavour. To make, heat milk with dried lavender until it starts to simmer then remove from the hob and allow herbs to infuse into the milk for a few minutes. Strain the lavender and then use the milk to make hot chocolate per instructions. Delightful!
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