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Delicious Hot Chocolate Recipes

As the holidays approach and colder weather starts to kick in, we look for ways to stay toasty. We pull out the sweaters and scarves from storage, invest in wool socks and thermals, and wrap ourselves up to the point where we can hardly move our arms.

Despite the biting chill outside, nothing quite says cozy like snuggling next to a crackling fire, swaddled in blankets, and sipping on a nice, warm mug of hot chocolate. Sure, there are quick and easy ways to enjoy this seasonal beverage (Swiss Miss, anyone?), but the holiday season is a perfect time to experiment in the kitchen, and try out different variations on this classic drink. Here are just a few simple, yet wonderfully delicious, recipes on how you can get the most out of your hot chocolate experience this winter.

Here we’ve only got one rule: Never ever let it cool!” The Conductor, The Polar Express

Nutella Hot Chocolate (Leslie Green, The Hungry Housewife)

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. Nutella
  • 1 Tbsp. cocoa
  • Tiny pinch of salt

Whisk all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until desired temperature. Pour in a mug and top with your choice of garnish.

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate (Ali, Gimme Some Oven)

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 cups milk
  • 8 oz. white chocolate, either chopped into pieces or white chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract

Stir the milk and white chocolate in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until the mixture is at a simmer and the chocolate is melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and peppermint extract.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate (Nikki, Chef in Training)

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups half & half
  • 6 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce

Stir all ingredients together in a large saucepan over medium heat until smooth and hot.

Now, if you’re feeling extra ambitious, here are some homemade recipes for garnishes to send your hot chocolate game through the roof.

Whipped Cream (Leslie Green, The Hungry Housewife)

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Place a medium bowl and beaters from an electric mixer in the freezer for 10 minutes beforehand to help the whipped cream stiffen faster. Pour all ingredients into the chilled bowl and start to beat. Start in a low setting and gradually move to high until the consistency is light and whipped. Be sure not to over beat!

Marshmallows (Agnes Rhodes, Diary of a Stay at Home Mom)

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 Tbsp. (4 envelopes) Knox unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup cold water (for gelatin)
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar to coat finished marshmallows

Soak gelatin in cold water and set aside. Combine sugar and other cup of water in a medium saucepan and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Add in the gelatin and bring to a boil, making sure to stir often. Once at a boil, remove from heat and pour in a large mixing bowl to cool. After it has had time to cool (it can still be warm), add in the salt and vanilla. Mix for 10-15 minutes. The mixture should change in color from clear to opaque to white and the consistency should thicken and double in size. Pour into a greased, glass baking pan and let set. Once it has fully set, cut with a knife into desired size and roll in powdered sugar to prevent them sticking together.

I hope you’ll enjoy these delicious recipes and comment below if you have any favorite hot chocolate recipes to share! 

 

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