How To Spice Up Your Cocoa

Are you sick and tired of the same boring packaged hot chocolate? Well, I am going to blow your mind and give you some different ideas of how to spice up your cocoa. There are many different ways to make your hot chocolate above average. 

After a long day of doing school work, sports and/or working, you just need to take the time to sit and relax for a little bit. It’s time to curl up on your bed or couch with a fuzzy blanket and a delicious cup of hot chocolate. The warm chocolate melts  the stress away. But let’s be real, we are getting older and the same boring hot chocolate is just not going to cut it, we need something with more flavor. 

Now that snow is finally on the ground and the air is much colder, get your winter off to a great start and try different kinds of hot cocoa. There are tons of different recipes but here are some of the top drinks and the ingredients you need to make these delicious drinks.

1. Snickerdoodle Hot Chocolate:

  • 3 cups half and half

  • ⅔ cups white chocolate (chopped)

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • ½ tsp. Vanilla

  • ½ tsp. Cinnamon

  • ⅛ tsp. Nutmeg

2. Strawberry White Hot Chocolate:

  • 12 oz strawberries, fresh or frozen

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 3 cups milk

  • 6 oz pure white chocolate, finely chopped

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • Pinch salt

  • Red food coloring (optional)

  • Whipped cream for topping

3. Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate:

  • 3 cups whole milk

  • ⅔ cups chocolate chips

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1 ¼ oz. peppermint schnapps per glass

  • 1 ¼ oz. creme de cocoa per glass

  • Add marshmallows and crushed peppermint candies on top

4. Candy Cane Hot Chocolate:

  • ⅔ cup water

  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 3 standard size candy canes crushed into a fine powder

  • ½ cup sugar

  • ¼ tsp. Salt

  • 3 cups milk

  • ¾ cup half-and-half cream

  • Garnishes: mini marshmallows and standard size candy canes

5. S’mores Hot Chocolate:

  • 2 cups milk

  • 1 cup water

  • ¼ cup cocoa powder

  • 2 Tbsp light chocolate syrup

  • 2 Tbsp sugar

  • ¼ tsp non-bitter stevia (or add 1-2 Tbsp more sugar to taste)

  • Pinch salt

  • Graham crackers, crushed

  • ¼ cup marshmallows

6. Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate:

  • ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream

  • ¼ cup milk chocolate chips

  • 1 tsp cocoa powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoon pumpkin puree

  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  • ¼ cup whipped cream

  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

These six flavors were the top choices picked from students around Hamline. Now that I gave you new flavors to spice up your drink, try them out. I promise you won’t regret it. Have a stress free night and just relax with a nice warm cup of what’s going to be one of your new favorite hot chocolate drinks.