Warm Up This Winter with a New Hot Chocolate Recipe

A Hot Chocolate Recipe for Every Mood

There's nothing quite like a mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter's night to make everything feel a bit cozier. Whether you're looking for a classic hot chocolate recipe, or you're in the mood for something a little more daring, we've got you covered. Check out these seven hot chocolate recipes that are guaranteed to warm up your winter.

Classic Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hands down, this is the best version of the classic hot chocolate recipe. You’ll never go back to powdered cocoa mix again.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • Splash of vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Marshmallows (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine milk and sugar in a small saucepan and place it on your stove-top over medium heat.
  2. While the milk is heating, place the chopped chocolate in a small bowl and heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  3. Take the chocolate out and stir it.
  4. Return the bowl to the microwave and heat it for another for another 30 seconds, remove and stir. Continue to heat and stir the chocolate at 30 second intervals until it’s just melted.
  5. When the milk reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit, turn off the heat and add the melted chocolate, whisking to combine.
  6. Add a splash of vanilla extract.
  7. Pour into mugs, top with whipped cream or marshmallows, and serve.

Nutella Hot Chocolate Recipe

It’s just two ingredients and one of them is Nutella. You can’t go wrong.

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp Nutella
  • 2 cups whole milk

Directions

  1. Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until steaming (not boiling), stirring occasionally.
  2. Add in the Nutella and whisk until dissolved.
  3. Serve immediately.

Lemongrass-Lavender White Hot Chocolate Recipe

Dare to experiment with white chocolate and unexpected flavors for a unique treat.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces whole milk
  • 1 small stalk lemongrass, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried lavender
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest
  • 3 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped

Directions

  1. Heat milk, lemongrass, lavender, and zest in a small saucepan until bubbles form around the edges.
  2. Remove from heat, cover, and let steep 15 minutes.
  3. Strain milk, then return it to empty saucepan.
  4. Add chocolate and gently heat everything over medium heat, stirring, until chocolate is thoroughly melted and the mixture is hot.
  5. Serve immediately.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Recipe

Rich chocolate with cool peppermint. It’s a classic and delicious combination.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 generous cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp of peppermint extract
  • Whipped cream
  • Crushed candy canes

Directions

  1. Pour chocolate chips into a large, heat-safe bowl.
  2. Heat milk and cream over medium heat until hot, but not boiling. Stir occasionally while heating.
  3. Once hot, pour the mixture over the chocolate chips.
  4. Next, add vanilla and peppermint extract and whisk everything until the chocolate chips are completely melted.
  5. Serve in mugs with whipped cream and crushed candy canes sprinkled on top as a garnish.

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Recipe

Pair this with gingerbread cookies for a seasonal snack.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • Whipped cream for topping

Directions

  1. Heat milk over low heat in a saucepan.
  2. While the milk warms, combine the cocoa powder, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and ginger in a small bowl.
  3. Once the milk is steaming, pour it into the bowl with the sugar and spice and whisk it until everything is thoroughly mixed.
  4. Serve with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Coconut Tres Leches Hot Chocolate Recipe

Add coconut to rich hot chocolate to bring a touch of tropical flavor to your winter treat.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 14 ounces unsweetened coconut milk
  • 6 ounces of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, coconut milk, and sweetened condensed milk, whisking well to combine.
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once simmering, whisk in the cocoa powder until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  5. Serve immediately with whipped cream or marshmallows, if desired.

Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate Recipe

Combine the best of autumn and winter flavors in this outstanding recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • Whipped cream

Directions

  1. Pour white chocolate chips into a large, heat-safe bowl.
  2. Heat cream and milk in a pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until steaming.
  3. Pour the heated mixture over the white chocolate chips. Stir until the chips are melted.
  4. Add vanilla extract and pumpkin spice and mix for another 30 seconds.
  5. Serve immediately with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice on top.