Homemade Hot Chocolate + New Treats to Make with It

If you have more hot cocoa powder on your hands than you know what to do with, we've got ways to use it for treats that might be even better than the drink.
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Chef Name: Food Network Kitchen Full Recipe Name: Homemade Hot Chocolate 3 Ways Talent Recipe: FNK Recipe: Food Networks Kitchen’s Homemade Hot Chocolate 3 Ways, as seen on Foodnetwork.com Project: Foodnetwork.com, WINTER RECIPES/COCKTAILS/FNK VIDEOS Show Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Renee Comet, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Sipping from a steamy mug of hot chocolate, complete with bobbing marshmallows, is the surest sign that it's the holiday season. Though making your own at home can be as easy as tearing open a packet of hot cocoa powder, mixing it with milk or water and zapping it all in the microwave, a more hands-on approach means that your blend can be tailor-made to your preferences. Follow Food Network Kitchen's lead for Homemade Hot Chocolate, and watch how they spike the base blend for three wintry hot chocolate cocktails.

If you're not making your own hot cocoa powder from scratch, there's no shame in buying the store-bought blend by the packet. That said, if you have more hot cocoa powder on your hands than you know what to do with, we've got ways to use it for treats that might be even better than the drink.

Hot Chocolate Everything; Hot Chocolate Brownies

Photo by: Armando Rafael ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Armando Rafael, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

A pan of brownies is a chocolatey dream on its own, but these  Hot Chocolate Brownies take it one step further. Blend leftover hot chocolate mix into the batter of these one-bowl brownies for an extra-special treat that's studded with marshmallows and made for the holidays.

Hot Chocolate Everything; Hot Chocolate Pancakes

Photo by: Armando Rafael ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Armando Rafael, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Special mornings deserve a special breakfast, and these  Hot Chocolate Pancakes are just the thing. Not only is leftover hot chocolate mix blended into the pancake batter, it's also added to the maple syrup and simmered for the most-decadent topping to ever be drizzled over pancakes.

Hot Chocolate Everything; Hot Chocolate Pudding

Photo by: Armando Rafael ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Armando Rafael, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

When you're faced with a hankering for chocolate pudding over the holidays, this from-scratch  Hot Chocolate Pudding is the way to go. While standard chocolate pudding gets it chocolatey vibes from straight cocoa powder, this silky recipe opts for hot chocolate mix instead — and it goes all the way with a topping of mini marshmallows or whipped cream.

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