Best 5 Hot Cocoa Recipes

Related To:

Food Network Alton Brown Hot Cocoa ,Food Network Alton Brown Hot Cocoa

Photo by: Marshall Troy ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Marshall Troy, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

No matter how chilly and snowy it may get this winter, there will be no better way to warm up than with a comforting cup of creamy hot cocoa. This seasonal favorite is a timeless childhood treat, but that doesn't mean grownups can't indulge as well. Whether you stick with a classic recipe for rich hot chocolate, opt for a generous topping of marshmallows or prefer to add extra flavors, like spices, peppermint or liqueurs, making this sweet treat is simple and, perhaps best of all, fast. Check out Food Network's top-five recipes for hot cocoa below from some of your favorite chefs, like Alton, Giada and Sandra, to find their traditional and classic versions of this tried-and-true drink.

5. Raspberry Hot Chocolate — For a taste of adults-only decadence, add a splash of raspberry liqueur to the piping-hot chocolate cream just before serving, and finish with candied ginger for a sweet, spicy contrast.

4. White Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Stirrers — Instead of simply topping her warm white chocolate-almond milk mixture with a few mini marshmallows, Giada dunks large marshmallows in chocolate, attaches them to the ends of lollipop sticks and gently stirs them into her drink.

3. Hot Spiced Mexican Hot Chocolate with Ice Cream Dusted with Chili Powder — The spice in this dish comes from a dash of fragrant cinnamon and final dusting of chili powder, which is balanced by the cool vanilla ice cream floated on top.

2. Peppermint Hot Chocolate — Sandra makes this drink in a slow cooker for easy hands-off simmering, but you could make it just as simply in a pan on the stove. She guarantees a bold mint flavor with the help of peppermint schnapps and a candy cane garnish.

Get the Recipe

Hot Cocoa Mix 04:51

Warm yourself up in minutes with this unique homemade hot chocolate mix.
Keep Reading

Next Up

Best 5 New Year's Recipes

Check out Food Network's top-five recipes for New Year's entertaining, a collection of party-ready dishes from your favorite Food Network chefs.

5 Must-Try Cups of Hot Cocoa Across the Country

Pastry chefs and chocolatiers are turning cups of hot chocolate into mind-blowing, and addictive, masterpieces.

Top 5 Recipes from Holiday Central

Check out the top-five recipes featured in FoodNetwork.com's Holiday Central, the ultimate resource for all things seasonal cooking and entertaining.

Best 5 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Food Network's best leftover recipes offer creative suggestions to rid your fridge of those Turkey Day remnants and more by repurposing them in easy ways.

Best 5 Quick Christmas Recipes

Check out Food Network's top-five quick recipes for Christmas, a collection of celebration-worthy classics ready to eat in less than 35 minutes.

Best 5 Christmas Recipes

Food Network has complied the top five Christmas recipes. Prepare them all for a weekend’s worth of festive favorites and holiday classics.

Best 5 Brisket Recipes

We've rounded up Food Network's top five brisket recipes, each a big-batch show-stopper packed with new and favorite flavors alike.

Best 5 Christmas Brunch Recipes

Check out Food Network's top-five recipes for Christmas brunch to find sweet and savory picks worthy of your holiday celebration.

Best 5 Thanksgiving Recipes

Food Network compiled a menu of the 5 best-ever Thanksgiving recipes, featuring traditional supper staples, so set the table and serve up this classic holiday feast.

Best 5 Scalloped Potato Recipes

Check out Food Network's top-five scalloped potato recipes below from The Pioneer Woman, Bobby, Tyler and more Food Network chefs to find out how they serve this tried-and-true indulgence.