Coming to a Mug Near You: Homemade Hot Chocolate

Though you could go the store-bought route, going the extra mile and making your own chocolatey blend from scratch is totally worth it.

SLOWCOOKER PEPPERMINT HOT CHOCOLATE Food Network Kitchen Food Network Confectioners’ Sugar, Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, Whole Milk, Vanilla Extract, Kosher Salt, Dark Chocolate, Peppermint Candies, Mini Marshmallows, Peppermint Schnapps

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

A steamy mug of hot cocoa is inarguably the best way to counter the cold weather. Though you could go the store-bought route and swirl powdered hot cocoa mix into hot water or milk, going the extra mile and making your own chocolatey blend from scratch is totally worth it. Get our top homemade hot chocolate recipes for sipping all season long.

Food Network Kitchen's Slow-Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate is one festively minty recipe that you shouldn't wait until the holidays are in full swing to savor. It's made and served all in one pot, and it's thickened and enriched with dark chocolate.

With bittersweet and milk chocolates blended together in luxurious whole milk and half-and-half, Ina Garten's Double Hot Chocolate is a doubly rich, doubly comforting dose of chocolate.

Kick up your hot chocolate for a frothy, spicy holiday sip. Marcela Valladolid's two-ingredient Mexican Hot Chocolate requires only blending together a disk of Mexican chocolate and some hot milk.

Rethink your understanding of hot cocoa by leaving out the cocoa altogether. Ina's Holiday Hot Chocolate blends white chocolate and fresh vanilla bean in steamy milk instead for a sweet holiday surprise.

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