5 Indulgent Ways to Top Hot Chocolate

Chase away winter blues with these over-the-top hot chocolate toppings, including toasty s'mores on a pretzel skewer and boozy whipped cream.

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Toasted Marshmallow Pretzel Skewers

Sweet, plump and perfectly meltable, marshmallows are the quintessential topping we think of when it comes to hot chocolate. This winter, transport yourself back to warm summer nights by toasting your marshmallows, campfire style. Just skewer two jumbo marshmallows on a pretzel rod and carefully toast them over your gas burner. Then, set the skewer over your mug and drizzle it with a little chocolate syrup. With the crunch of the pretzel, it's irresistible.

Ice Cream Sundae

If you don’t think hot chocolate is indulgent enough on its own, then take your cues from an ice cream sundae. This mug of hot chocolate is enhanced with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, nuts, sprinkles and, of course, a cherry on top. Pretty classic — but the possibilities are endless! You’ll definitely want to serve this one with a spoon to scoop up every last yummy drop.

Chocolate-Peppermint Spoons

These festive, chocolate-dipped spoons are super-easy to prepare and would make a big splash at a holiday party. Just melt some chopped bittersweet chocolate in the microwave and dip your spoons in to coat. Sprinkle them with chopped candy canes or starlight mints, then put them in the fridge for a minute to let them set. As you stir your hot chocolate, the candies will melt, giving it a subtle but lovely peppermint flavor.  

Boozy Whipped Cream

Put down that can of whipped cream! Impress your friends by making homemade whipped cream amped up with a splash of booze. Simply beat some chilled whipped cream with your favorite liquor and a little confectioners’ sugar (about 1 tablespoon each of liquor and sugar per 1 cup cream) until it holds soft peaks. Rum, bourbon, Chambord and amaretto are good to start with.

Peanut Butter and Fluff Doughnut Sandwiches

Sure, coffee and doughnuts are the traditional pairing, but hot chocolate and doughnuts are even better! Impress your guests — and satisfy a craving that's both sweet and salty — by cutting mini doughnuts in half and turning them into little sandwiches with peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff. Dunk them in the hot chocolate as you go, for a comforting treat.