With all of this rain and dreary weather that’s been going on, it’s the absolute perfect time to stay inside, snuggle up in your pajamas and oversized blanket, watching your favorite movie on Netflix with a delicious cup of hot chocolate in hand! Hot chocolate is my favorite beverage during this time of the year (besides hot apple cider which is also absolutely fantastic!). Now don’t get me wrong, I love just a regular cup of hot choclate topped off with as many mini marshmallows as I can fit in the cup, but this winter I’ve decided to start looking into different types of hot chocolates I could make just to get a little creative and switch it up a bit! I’ve found so many different types of hot choclates to make, but here are just four recipes for different hot choclates that you can induldge in this winter season! They’re all pretty simple to make and don’t take too much time so I hope you enjoy! Happy Holidays!
1. Peppermint Hot Chocolate: (4 cups)
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate (chopped)
- 3 drops peppermint extract
- Any garnish you want to put on top (marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate shavings/sauce, shaven peppermint candy)
- First off, in a saucepan between low and medium heat you’re going to want to combine the heavy cream, milk, sugar and salt all together.
- When the mixture starts to steam in the saucepan add in the chopped chocolate (I would chop up the chocolate before you begin to make the hot chocolate).
- Once the chocolate is stirred in, add in the drops of peppermint.
- After everything is all well mixed, pour it into cups and top off with any kinds of toppings you like!
2. Raspberry Hot Chocolate: (2 cups)
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 cup milk
- 6 ounches milk chocolate (chopped)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons raspberry syrup
- Any garnish you want on top (marshmallows, whipped cream, raspberries, chocolate shavings/sauce, raspberry sauce)
- First, combine heavy cream and milk in a saucepan between low and medium heat.
- Secondly, stir in the chopped chocolate (which you should chop before putting anything in the saucepan) as well as the cocoa powder.
- Once all of these ingredients are well mixed and smooth, stir in the raspberry syrup.
- Then you just have to pour the hot chocolate into cups and garnish with any toppings you like!
3. White Hot Chocolate: (5 cups)
- 4 cups of milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 8 ounces white chocolate (chopped)
- Any toppings you want (whipped cream, marshmallows, shaven white chocolate)
- Combine milk and vanilla extract together in a saucepan over low to medium heat (just make sure not to let it come to a boil).
- Slowly stir in the chopped chocolate and mix well until the mixture is completely smooth.
- Remove from heat and pour into cups! Garnish with any toppings that you desire and that’s all!
4. Spiced Hot Chocolate: (6 cups)
- 6 cups milk
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- Heat up the milk in a saucepan between low to medium heat.
- Stir in the cocoa powder and sugar until it is completely mixed and dissolved.
- Mix in the vanilla extract along with all of the other spices.
- Once everything is stirred well, remove from heat and pour into cups.
- Top off with any sort of garnish that sounds good to you and you’re ready to serve!