15 Amazing Hot Chocolate Recipes To Get You Through The Winter

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Nothing says warm winter drinks more than a toasty hot chocolate. But what’s better than a hot chocolate?! (no, not Tyrese from accounting)… Making even better hot chocolate with these freakin’ delicious recipes:

Check out these 15 recipes that will get you through the winter:

1 – Black Cherry Bourbon Hot Chocolate

Black Cherry Bourbon Hot Chocolate

Chocolate and cherry are great together, and with a bit of bourbon, it’ll warm you up in no time. (photo source)

What you need:

How to make it: 

  1. In a small saucepan, heat milk and hot chocolate mix over medium – high heat until it starts to steam. Do not boil. Stir frequently.
  2. Pour 1 oz. of black cherry bourbon into each cup.
  3. Evenly divide hot chocolate between the two cups.
  4. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

2 – The Hot Choc-Colada

The Hot Choc-Colada

Pina Colada hot chocolate? Yes, please! (photo source)

What you need:

For the Hot Chocolate:
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup of dark chocolate unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch of kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup of pineapple juice
  • 3/4 cup of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • 4 cup of water
For the Spiked Whipped Cream:
  • 1 cup of cold heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
For the Garnish:
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1/2 cup of toasted coconut

How to make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Pour sweetened coconut flakes onto large baking sheet. Bake for 60-90 minutes, turning every 15 minutes until brown. Store in ziploc bag with all the air pressed out.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whip heavy cream on medium-high until it forms. Beat in sugar and rum evenly. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. 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. Continue heating until desired temperature.
  4. Place honey in small saucer. Put toasted coconut in a small bowl. Dip rims of glass into honey, letting the excess drip off. Pour hot chocolate into glass, about 1 inch from rim. Pipe whipped cream onto each glass and sprinkle with excess toasted coconut. Serve hot.

3 – Orange Pisco Hot Chocolate

 Orange Pisco Hot Chocolate

This one will remind you of delicious chocolate and orange cake. (photo source)

What you need:

  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 3 cups of whole milk
  • 4 ounces of milk chocolate chips
  • 4 ounces of bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 3 ounces of Grand Marnier or Cointreau
  • 4 ounces of pisco or rum
  • 4 (2-inch) segments of orange zest
  • whipped cream and candied orange peel garnish

How to make it:

  1. In a medium saucepan, stir cocoa with sugar and salt. Stir in milk, milk chocolate, and bittersweet chocolate. Heat over medium heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is hot. Gently whisk the entire mixture.
  2. Add Grand Marnier and pisco or rum. Divide into four serving cups. Rub rim of each cup with orange zest. Top with whipped cream, candied orange peel, and orange zest. Serve immediately.

4 – Vegan Chai Hot Chocolate

Vegan Chai Hot Chocolate

Low on calories and full in flavor. (photo source)

What you need:

  • 2 cups of vanilla almond milk, sweetened
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Chai Spice

How to make it:

  1. Place all ingredients in a medium size sauce pan. Bring to a boil and stir until spices and cocoa powder have dissolved.
  2. Reduce heat and let simmer for 3-5 minutes.

5 – Aztec Hot Chocolate

Aztec Hot Chocolate

Tired of classic hot chocolate flavor? Spice it up. (photo source)

What you need:
  • 6 cups of milk
  • 10 ounces of chopped dark chocolate
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • a pinch or two of cayenne
  • marshmallows/cinnamon sticks for garnish
How to make it:
  1. In a pot combine the milk and chocolate. Melt the chocolate over low/medium heat, stirring constantly.
  2. Once melted and the mixture is warmed through stir in the cinnamon and cayenne. Serve hot.

6 – Serendipity’s Hot Chocolate

Serendipity's Hot Chocolate

Learn how to make this famous New York’s hot chocolate recipe. (photo source)

What you need:

  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup of nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 tablespoons of Ghirardelli cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of Hershey’s cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of Scharffen Berger cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • Whipped cream
  • Semisweet chocolate bar, grated, for garnish

How to make it:

  1. Whisk together the sugar, dry milk powder, cocoas, and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Pour the milk into a blender. Add the dry mix. Blend until the drink is smooth.
  3. Pour into a large goblet or two 16-ounce glasses. Top the drink with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

7 – Creamy Junior Mint Hot Chocolate

Creamy Junior Mint Hot Chocolate

Dark cocolate and mint go great together. (photo source)

What you need:

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 cups of Dark Chocolate Almond Milk
  • 1/2 cup of finely grated chocolate
  • 1/2 cup of Jr. Mints
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar

How to make it:

  1. Pour milk and chocolate almond milk into a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add grated chocolate, and stir to combine. Add Jr. Mints stirring until melted. Reduce heat to a simmer.
  2. Pour cream and sugar into a large mixing bowl. Whisk until stiff peaks form.
  3. Ladle hot chocolate into cups and top with homemade whipped cream and sprinkle with additional grated chocolate.

8 – Marshmallow Vodka Hot Chocolate

Marshmallow Vodka Hot Chocolate

This creamy cup of cocoa is perfect for chilly months. (photo source)

What you need:

  • 12 ounces of whole milk
  • 4 ounces of half and half
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup and 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar
  • 2 ounces of spiced rum or marshmallow vodka
  • mini marshmallows, for garnish

How to make it:

  1. In a saucepan, warm the milk, half and half, and cinnamon stick. Once the mixture is heated, remove the cinnamon stick, add the unsweetened cocoa powder and powdered sugar, and whisk until smooth. Remove from heat, and add the rum or vodka.
  2. Divide between two mugs, and top with a few marshmallows.

9 – Cheesecake Hot Chocolate

Cheesecake Hot Chocolate

A perfect way to satisfy your cheesecake cravings. (photo source)

What you need:

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces of white chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces of cream cheese cut into 16 pieces
  • Graham cracker crumbs and whipped cream, for garnish
How to make it:
  1. In a medium saucepan, warm up the milk over medium heat until hot but not boiling. Turn the heat down to low then whisk in the vanilla cream cheese until it’s melted.
  2. Whisk in the white chocolate until melted and smooth. Serve immediately with whipped cream and graham cracker crumbs on top.

10 – Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate

You can also spice it up with rum or tequila. (photo source)

What you need:

  • 4 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 small chunk of your favorite dark chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of chili powder
  • 3/4 cup of milk or half + half
  • Spiced rum or tequila

How to make it:

  1. Whisk together the cocoa, cinnamon, and chili powder. Add the dark chocolate and pour in the milk. Add the milk and stir until everything is melted together and heated through.
  2. Stir in the vanilla, add a touch of your favorite sweetener and serve

11 – Boozy Raspberry Hot Chocolate

Boozy Raspberry Hot Chocolate

A few raspberries on the top for a special taste. (photo source)

What you need:

  • 10 ounces of milk chocolate chips
  • ½ cup of whole milk
  • ½ cup of heavy cream
  • ¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Chambord, to taste, plus another ⅓ cup for reducing
  • Whipped cream and raspberries

How to make it:

  1. Add everything but the Chambord, whipped cream, and raspberries to a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally until the chocolate completely melts.
  2. After the chocolate melts, continue to cook, but stir more frequently. The mixture should thicken a bit and all of the chunks should dissolve. After 5-10 minutes, remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
  3. As it cools, add ⅓ cup of Chambord to another small saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for a few minutes, until the Chambord has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  4. Pour the hot chocolate into little mugs, add Chambord to your liking, and top with whipped cream. Drizzle with the Chambord and top with a few raspberries.

12 – Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Learn how to make this Dunkin’ Donuts tasty treat. (photo source)

What you need:

How to make it:

  1. Drizzle fleur de sel caramel into a mug, making sure it covers the sides of the glass.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, warm the milk until it’s just starting to simmer. Add chocolate and stir until all of the chocolate is melted. Pour hot chocolate into the mug, and top with whipped cream and a pinch of sea salt.

13 – Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

This hot chocolate looks and tastes dreamy. (photo source)

What you need:

How to make it:

  1. In a medium saucepan whisk together cocoa powder and Tate + Lyle Hazelnut Flavored Pure Cane Syrup. Set over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, just until it begins to lighlty simmer.
  2. While whisking, slowly pour in milk and cream. Bring just to a very warm temperature, stirring occasionally (don’t boil), and serve warm topped with marshmallows and chopped chocolate.

14 – Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

The best of autumn and winter flavors. (photo source)

What you need:

  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of 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

How to make it:

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

15 – The Classic Hot Chocolate Recipe

The Classic Hot Chocolate Recipe

And for the end, a classic hot chocolate recipe. (photo source)

What you need:

  • 4 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups milk or half + half
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • addition- Whipped cream vodka or Irish cream liqueur

How to make it:

  1. Whisk together the cocoa, sugar, salt, and about 2 tablespoons of milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until cocoa and sugar are dissolved.
  2. Turn up the heat to medium and whisk in the rest of the milk. Keep whisking occasionally until heated through. Stir in the vanilla and serve.

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