Hot chocolate is the quintessential drink of the holiday season. There’s nothing quite like a cozy mug full of smooth, rich, chocolaty goodness on a winter evening. Below, we’ve rounded up six of our favorite hot chocolate recipes for you to try this season, from a traditional recipe to Mayan hot cocoa.
If you’re wondering how to make a basic (but tasty) mug of hot chocolate, we recommend starting with this traditional recipe from Bon Appetit. It’s as simple to make as it is delicious, and that’s saying a lot because this is some pretty darn good cocoa. It’s so good, in fact, that it’s been including in B.A.’s list of “essential recipes.”
Next on our list is this peppermint hot chocolate recipe. Peppermint is a traditional seasonal spice, and it gives a classic cup of hot cocoa some extra holiday flare. This recipe is as simple as it gets — all it requires are some crushed up peppermint sticks to give it that festive flavor. If you decorate your Christmas tree with candy canes, snag a few off the tree and try out this delicious recipe tonight.
Vegan hot chocolate lovers, rejoice! You don’t have to forgo the pleasure of hot chocolate just because you don’t consume milk products. This vegan hot chocolate recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie will impress even the non-vegan cocoa drinkers in your life. It features just five ingredients. Plus, it’s also gluten-free, so it’s a great option for those with dietary restrictions.
Are you a fan of Kit Kats? Then you’ll love this hot chocolate recipe, which pretty much tastes like melted Kit Kats in a mug. For candy lovers, it doesn’t get any better than this.
Chocolate and peanut butter is one of our all-time favorite duos. This delicious cocoa is topped with unsweetened peanut butter whipped cream, which serves as the perfect accent to the ultra-sweet hot chocolate flavors. Treat yourself to this indulgent dessert-in-a-mug — you won’t regret it.
Another sweet and salty option is this recipe for salted caramel cocoa. It’s decadent and dreamy, with Dulce de Leche and marshmallow toppings. We can’t think of a better snow day treat.
Are you a fan of spicy-sweet treats? Then you’ll love this Mayan hot coca recipe. With a kick from cayenne and cinnamon, it’s anything but boring, and oh-so-delicious.
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