The weather outside is FRIGHTFUL, but the fire is so DELIGHTFUL…..and since we’ve no place to Go….why not have a cup of Hot Cocoa!!!!
This is truly the most WONDERFUL time of the year!!!! The leaves are falling, Christmas decorations are starting to go up, people are cuddled up around the warm glow of their fireplaces and you may have even just got your first SNOW!!! If that doesn’t lift your spirits I don’t know what will.
It’s on days like these that I like to break out the HOT COCOA. Everyone has their own way of making this perfect mug of chocolaty goodness. Whether it’s with whipped cream, marshmallows, a little pinch of cinnamon, a hint of lavender ….. Whatever it may be why not try something a little CRAZY this winter and mix it up with these 10 AMAZING and CREATIVE recipes.
#1 Nutella Hot Cocoa
By: Martha Stewart
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1/3 cup Nutella
- Unsweetened whipped cream, for serving
- 8 cups water
- mini marshmallows
- Combine milk and Nutella in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, whisking until smooth. Divide between 2 teacups; serve with dollops of whipped cream.
#2 Lavender Hot Cocoa
By: Seasonally Jane
- 4 cups whole milk
- 2 Tbsp. cocoa
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 teaspoon lavender extract
- Whip cream or marshmallow topping, optional
- Lavender buds for garnish, optional (recommended for presentation, not necessarily for drinking)
Warm milk in a small pot over medium heat, stirring as needed, about 4 to 5 minutes. Do not let milk boil.
As it warms, stir in cocoa, sugar, and salt, and whisk to combine well. Taste hot chocolate, add additional cocoa or sugar if you desire a stronger chocolate or sweeter taste.
Once you have perfected your cocoa flavor, add in 1 teaspoon lavender extract and stir to combine.
Ladle hot chocolate into mugs, top with marshmallows or whipped cream, and serve.
#3 Mexican Hot Cocoa
- 4 cups whole milk
- ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne powder
- Place 1 cup of the milk to a medium saucepan.
- Cook over a medium flame until the milk just begins to simmer.
- Add cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon and cayenne powder to the milk.
- Whisk until cocoa, sugar, spices and milk are thoroughly combined.
- Slowly add remaining 3 cups of milk, whisking to combine.
- Cook over a low flame until the hot chocolate is warmed through.
- Serve immediately.
- Optional: Top with whip cream, cinnamon sugar, and use a cinnamon stick as a stir stick.
#4 Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa
By: Sugar Hero
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- ¼ tsp fresh lemon juice
- 4½ cups room temperature milk (I used 1%—any fat percentage you enjoy drinking should work)
- 8 oz milk chocolate, finely chopped
- 2 oz dark chocolate, finely chopped
- Big pinch salt
- Whipped cream and caramel sauce, to garnish (optional)
- In a small bowl, rub together the sugar and the lemon juice, until the sugar is damp and fragrant.
- Place a medium saucepan over medium heat and let it preheat for several minutes until the pan is hot. Once the saucepan is hot, add the sugar.
- Begin stirring immediately and continuously. Because the pan was preheated, the sugar will start cooking very quickly. Soon after it liquefies it will start to take on color. Cook, stirring constantly, until it is a medium amber color.
- Continue to stir while you stream in the milk. The caramel may seize and form small chunks of sugar, but continue to stir and heat the mixture, and by the time the milk is piping hot, the caramel will have melted and you will have a smooth liquid.
- Once the milk is at a simmer (small bubbles forming along the sides of the pan) remove the 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 desired.
- Serve Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate with whipped cream and caramel sauce. It can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator for up to a week. Reheat it in the microwave or on the stove top.
#5 Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa
By: Cookies & Cups
- 2½ cups milk
- ⅓ cup hot cocoa mix (no marshmallows)
- ¼ cup canned pumpkin
- 1½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- pinch of salt
- whipped cream or marshmallows optional
- In a medium sauce pan over medium low heat whisk together your milk and hot cocoa mix.
- Add your canned pumpkin, vanilla, salt and pumpkin pie spice.
- Heat until desired temperature is reached.
- Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and/or marshmallows and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
#6 White Hot Cocoa
By: The Linley House
- 1 Gallon of either 2% or Vitamin D milk
- 1 large carton heavy whipping cream
- 2 Bags of white chocolate chips.
- 1 tablespoon of peppermint extract (clear)
- Whipped Topping
- Holiday Sprinkles
#7 Peppermint Hot Cocoa
- 1 1/2 cups milk*
- 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 Tablespoon Sweet’N Low
- pinch of salt
- 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- mini marshmallows, for topping
In a saucepan, heat the milk, heavy cream, salt and Sweet’N Low on medium heat until it begins to simmer.
Remove from heat and stir in chopped chocolate and peppermint extract. Continue stirring until the chocolate melts.
Serve and top with mini marshmallows or a peppermint stick. Enjoy!
#8 Cookies N’ Cream Hot Cocoa
By: Chef in Training
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup hot cocoa powder milk chocolate flavor
- 5 Double Stuff Oreos Finely processed in a food processor
- 1 tsp. marshmallow flavoring
- 2 Double Stuff Oreos broken up for garnish
- Marshmallow Flavored Ice Cream Topping for drizzle
- Warm up milk on stove until it becomes hot, but do not let it boil.
- Add in hot cocoa powder, finely ground/processed Oreo cookies and Marshmallow flavoring. Stir to combine well.
- Pour into two mugs. Top with whipping cream and drizzle with Marshmallow Ice Cream Topping. Sprinkle on some extra Oreo crumbs for garnish.
#9 Coconut Hot Cocoa
#10 Mint White Hot Cocoa
2 cups milk
2 cups half & half cream
8 oz. white chocolate, chopped
1 tsp. peppermint extract
a few drops of green food coloring
In a heavy- bottomed pot, heat the milk and cream over medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir in the white chocolate, remove from heat and set aside for a few minutes. Add the peppermint extract and food coloring and whisk until smooth.
Serve immediately. Serves 4