Best Hot Cocoa Recipes

by Swetha Rajagopal

Now that you’ve had your fair share of pumpkin spice lattes, it’s time to move on to the classic holiday beverage: hot chocolate. But, you might want a little twist after the unique little burst of flavor with all the pumpkin and cinnamon, so here are four creative hot chocolate recipes that will make your mouth happy!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

With Christmas coming soon, some peppermint patties are just the right ingredient to add to this holiday hot cocoa!

1/4 cup cream

1 tbsp. sugar

1 1/4 cup whole milk

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 tbsp. peppermint baking chips ( plus more serving)

Whipped cream (the amount is to your liking)

Marshmallows (the amount is to your liking)

1. Add cream, sugar, milk, and vanilla into a saucepan over medium heat until the ingredients come to a boil.

2. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate chips, peppermint chips, and cocoa into the saucepan.

3. Whisk until everything is melted, smooth, and creamy.

4. Pour into mugs and top with peppermint chips, whipped cream, and marshamallows. Enjoy!

Serves 1-2

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate 


Whenever I go to Starbucks during the summer, my most favorite drink is the Caramel Frappucino, but now, since it’s winter, learn how to make your very own Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.

1½ cups granulated white sugar

¼ tsp fresh lemon juice

4½ cups room temperature milk (any milk tastes good with this recipe– but I think whole milk makes the hot cocoa taste the best)

8 oz milk chocolate, finely chopped

2 oz dark chocolate, finely chopped

 pinch salt

Whipped cream (to taste) 

1.In a small bowl, rub together the sugar and the lemon juice, until the sugar is damp and fragrant.

2.Place a saucepan over medium heat and preheat until pan gets hot. Then add the sugar and start stirring continuously. Soon, it will liquefy and have an amber color.

3.Continue stirring the sugar while you steam the milk. The caramel might have chunks in it, but just keep stirring. By the time the milk becomes extra hot, the caramel will be smooth.

4.Once the milk is at a simmer, remove the milk pan from the heat. Don’t let the milk come to a boil! Add the chopped chocolates to the pan and whisk until the mixture is smooth and the chocolate is melted. Add a pinch of salt, taste the milk, and add more salt if you want to. Mix the milk in with the caramel sauce.

5. Slosh some whipped cream onto that cocoa and drizzle the rest of the caramel onto it. Yum!!!

Serves 8

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

Not feeling like letting go of the fall? That’s okay; just combine the best of winter and autumn into this amazing recipe!

1 cup heavy cream

2 cups milk

1 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice

Whipped cream (to taste)

Marshmallows (how many ever you want!)

1.Heat the heavy cream and milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally but don’t let the milk boil, just simmer.

2.In a medium sized bowl, pour the hot milk and cream over the white chocolate chips, and stir until the white chocolate chips are melted.

3. Top with the marshmallows and whipped cream! Enjoy this fall and winter drink!

Serves 6-8

Eggnog Hot Chocolate

Mix up the best warm winter drinks into one with Eggnog Hot Chocolate!

2 1/2 cups milk

12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

4 cups eggnog

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

whipped cream (to taste)

1.In a medium saucepan, melt chocolate in milk over medium-low heat. Remove from heat, and let stand for 2 minutes. Whisk the chocolate until melted and smooth.

2.Stir in the eggnog, and heat gently over low heat until very warm but not boiling.Remove from heat, and stir in the vanilla.

3. Pour into mugs, put whipped cream on top, and serve.

Try all these recipes and enjoy every drop of hot chocolate you drink this season!

2 thoughts on “Best Hot Cocoa Recipes

  1. Love Chocolat Chaud! We’re a cooking school in Paris and just began our own blog! I’d like to invite you to check us out 🙂 Thanks for the recipe as well! Happy baking!


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