The onset of cooler weather means snuggling into cozy sweaters, slipping into cute boots, and sipping mugs of hot cocoa. The creamy, chocolate drink warms you from the tips of your toes to your fingertips. But, are you tired of the same old packet of hot chocolate mix with freeze-dried marshmallows? Try these new twists! Sure, these ideas might be a little different from the way your abuela made hot chocolate, but they’re just as delicious!
- Chocolate and caramel: Spoon a dollop of dulce de leche into a mug of hot chocolate for a wonderful chocolate-caramel flavored drink. This option is delicious paired with a dessert after a light dinner.
- Minty and cool: Add a splash of peppermint extract or use a peppermint candy stick to stir a cup of hot chocolate. This vibrant cocoa flavor is a perfect morning pick-me-up to get your day started.
- Mexican chocolate: Add a pinch of cinnamon, powdered cayenne, and nutmeg to a mug of steaming hot chocolate for a true traditional Hispanic treat.
- Double chocolate: Top a mug of hot chocolate with chocolate-flavored marshmallows and chocolate shavings. Sip slowly and let the toppings melt against your lips as you unwind after a long day.
- Chocolate-covered orange: Mix a drop of orange baking extract into the cup of cocoa. Top the mug with whipped cream and a candied orange slice for an extra touch of sweetness.
- Java delight: If you love the flavor of coffee, why not mix it with your hot chocolate? Start by filling a mug half full with dark, black coffee. Then, top it off with milk chocolate hot chocolate. Stir.
- Cordial cocoa: Are chocolate-covered cherry cordial candies your secret indulgence? Mimic the flavor with your hot chocolate. Simply add a splash of maraschino cherry juice to the cocoa and top the mug with a few cherries in lieu of marshmallows.
- Rocky-road drink: After pouring a cup of hot chocolate, top it with marshmallows, chocolate syrup, and a sprinkle of fine ground walnuts for a classic rocky-road flavor.
- Spicy treat: Add some zest to hot chocolate by simmering the drink with a few fresh chili peppers and cloves. Dried red pepper flakes work well too. Strain away the spices and serve.
So, how do you like to jazz up your cup of cocoa? Whether you have a special homemade recipe with unexpected ingredients or simply toss in a quick embellishment, we want to hear about it. Make us thirsty in the comments below!