16 To-Die-For Hot Chocolate Recipes
Hot Chocolate Seven Ways
If you like decadent homemade cocoa, you'll never get tired of trying out all the combinations this recipe has to offer. Start with our basic hot chocolate recipe, then transform it into peanut butter, spicy, or even pumpkin variations! You'll have enough hot cocoa recipes to keep you busy all winter long.
Splatter Paint Cocoa
This is one drink that encourages you to let your inner artist loose! Slow cooker hot cocoa turns into a delicious work of abstract art, thanks to haphazardly drizzled hot fudge ice cream topping and a dollop of whipped cream. This tasty hot chocolate recipe is rich enough to count as dessert, or try it on its own to warm up a chilly afternoon.
Insane Candy Cane Cocoa
Though we fully admit to breaking out the hot cocoa mix as soon as fall arrives, this hot chocolate recipe was made for winter. Capture the spirit of the holidays by stirring peppermint extract into homemade hot chocolate. Don't forget to garnish with a crushed candy cane!
Mexican Hot Chocolate
The secret to this Mexican chocolate drink is a sprinkle of cinnamon and a few drops of almond extract. These extra ingredients may not sound like they'd make much difference, but trust us, your cocoa will be more complex than most as a result. Top with a sky-high dollop of whipped cream and a little more cinnamon for a truly indulgent treat.
Raspberry Cocoa with Hazelnut Cream
Turn regular hot cocoa into a grown-up sipper by stirring in raspberry liqueur, whipped cream laced with chocolate-hazelnut spread, and fresh raspberries. And this gourmet hot chocolate is easy to make, too. With help from your slow cooker, it only takes 10 minutes of prep.
Hot Chocolate Mix
Packaged in a cute, homemade reindeer jar, this hot chocolate mix is perfect for gift-giving. Plus, it only calls for five ingredients. This easy hot chocolate recipe won't take you long to make, but it'll be one of the cutest food gift ideas you can share during the holiday season.
Mexican Marshmallow Cocoa
Make like the Mayans and add chili powder to your hot chocolate for a delicious treat. Trust us, this Mexican chocolate recipe won't be overly spicy—it'll just make the cocoa flavors extra rich. Cocoa-covered marshmallows and a vanilla bean top this south-of-the-border sip.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
This easy hot chocolate recipe includes a little something extra for the 21+ crowd. To celebrate the season, spike your mug with a dash of peppermint schnapps and sprinkle a few crushed peppermint candies on top. This hot cocoa recipe will certainly put you in the holiday spirit.
Double Hot Chocolate
Grated chocolate and sweetened whipped cream adds an extra touch of tastiness to this 15-minute hot cocoa recipe. If you want to make dark hot chocolate, substitute in bittersweet chocolate for dark. The semisweet chocolate in the mix ensures your cup of cocoa will be sweet enough for dessert!
Vanilla Coffee White Hot Chocolate
Skip the coffee shop and serve a white chocolate mocha at home. This white hot chocolate recipe includes a splash of strong coffee, so it'll definitely help jump-start your morning. In the evening, a splash of brandy in it might appeal to the adults.
Bittersweet Hot Chocolate
Warm up on a brisk day with this low-fuss recipe. Add a few cinnamon sticks to this homemade hot chocolate before you fire up your slow cooker to give your cup of cocoa a slightly spicy flavor.
This hot chocolate recipe is lovely option to enjoy while tailgating, sledding, or tackling any other outdoor activity. Check out the four variations for liqueur ideas and other mix-ins. Once you've mastered the basic recipe, you can dress it up (like with homemade marshmallows).
Coconut Tres Leches Hot Chocolate
Tres leches is a traditional Latin American cake that means "three milks." Inspired by the tasty dessert, this decadent drink features coconut milk, fat-free milk, and sweetened condensed milk. Top this cocoa off with chocolate shavings.
White Hot Chocolate
This white hot chocolate recipe is anything but bland. In fact, it's full of fall spices. Cinnamon and cardamom add a delicious flavor to this simple vanilla-infused hot cocoa recipe made in a slow cooker. It makes enough for a crowd, so invite a few friends over to share it.
Timberline Hot Chocolate
This dark chocolate drink is best with a dollop of whipped cream and a side of cookies. We can already envision ourselves enjoying it in front of a cozy fire.
Aztec Hot Chocolate
The Aztecs were among the first cultures to enjoy hot cocoa. We're still loving their twist today! Ground chipotle chile pepper, cinnamon, and espresso powder make this slow cooker hot chocolate a spicy drink the Aztecs would approve of. If you like your homemade hot cocoa with a bit of a kick, this is the recipe for you!