18 Hot Chocolate Recipes That'll Keep You Warm and Cozy
From traditional takes to cocoas infused with fragrant spices, these recipes make it easy to whip up a batch of crave-worthy hot chocolate any time.
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Calling All Chocolate Lovers
Who doesn't like to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate when the weather gets cold? We sure do! And, while we’ll sometimes reach for one of our favorite packaged mixes (all of which are good for baking, too), nothing beats a homemade cup of cocoa. You might think that it’s tricky to make from scratch but it actually couldn’t be simpler. With just a handful of common ingredients and a few minutes of your time, you’ll be able to whip up a rich and indulgent cup. Wondering where to start? We like this recipe because it has three delicious ideas for mix-ins: one sweet, one smoky and one minty. It will transform your basic hot chocolate into a one-of-a-kind treat for almost no extra work at all!
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Ellie’s indulgent hot chocolate comes together with just a handful of common kitchen ingredients. Rich cocoa powder and fragrant cinnamon make it delicious, without adding extra calories.
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Spiced Hot Chocolate
Fragrant cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom and chile powder (yes, chile powder!) are the perfect complement to the creamy sweetness of homemade hot chocolate.
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Fancy Hot Chocolate
Ree’s homemade hot chocolate gets an easy (and elegant) upgrade: a semi-sweet chocolate decoration that melts into the cup making your cocoa extra rich and flavorful!
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Holiday Hot Chocolate
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Slow-Cooker Hot Chocolate
Whip up a big batch of perfect hot chocolate for your favorite friends with this effortless slow-cooker recipe. We used semisweet chocolate for its richness and balanced sweetness. Keep the setting on warm while serving and set up the various toppings for the most festive make-your-own hot chocolate bar!
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You won’t find a hot chocolate recipe that’s richer or creamier than this one. It gets its luxurious texture from a blend of whole milk and half-and-half.
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Sometimes the recipes are also the simplest, like this hot cocoa that calls for milk and two kinds of chopped chocolate. Marshmallows optional — but highly recommended!
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Cardamom White Hot Chocolate
Cardamom has a wonderfully citrusy, slightly piney flavor that’s perfect for elevating a simple cup of white hot chocolate. We add it to our half-and-half as it simmers — and sprinkle a little extra on top after we pour the hot chocolate for good measure.
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Triple Chocolate Hot Cocoa
Giada knows the secret to an ultra-decadent cup of cocoa: three different types of chocolate! She uses high-quality dark chocolate, a dollop of chocolate-hazelnut spread and a few cocoa nibs.
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Minty Hot Chocolate
Flavor this homemade hot cocoa with peppermint extract and serve it with a peppermint stick for two times the minty goodness.
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Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
Ginger, cinnamon and allspice bring a gingerbread flavor to this hot chocolate. Intense Dutch-process cocoa powder balances the spices, and chopped milk chocolate is mixed in at the end for a creamy, rich texture.
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White Hot Chocolate
Ina gives her homemade white hot chocolate a very special stirrer: a real vanilla bean. The longer the vanilla pod stays in the mug, the more flavor it will infuse into this creamy, comforting drink.
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Fruit-Sweetened Hot Cocoa
Skip the granulated sugar — all of the sweetness in this satisfying drink comes from the natural sugars found in the dates and milk (and a tiny bit in the vanilla extract).
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Thick Hot Chocolate: Champurrado
Aaron thickens his hot chocolate with masa harina (a special flour made from finely ground corn) for a drink that’s popular in Mexico. This cocoa takes a little longer to make than some other varieties but we promise you, it’s well worth the wait.
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Peppermint Hot Cocoa
We infuse this cocoa with minty deliciousness by adding some crushed peppermint to the milk-and-chocolate mixture as it simmers. Crushed candies on top (and a peppermint stick stirrer) guaranteed lots of flavor.
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Tahini Hot Chocolate
Molly’s sweet, sesame hot chocolate is a recipe two-for-one — the base is just as delicious spread onto toasted bread as it is mixed with hot milk for a warming cup of cocoa!
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Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
Valerie infuses her hot chocolate with fragrant cinnamon, simply by adding a couple of cinnamon sticks to the pot as the milk and chocolate simmer. Simple and delicious!
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