Our Best Hot Chocolate Recipes
Who doesn't like to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate when the weather gets cold? 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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Homemade Hot Chocolate
Making this classic from scratch couldn’t be easier. And, best of all, we’ve got three ideas for mix-ins — one sweet, one smoky and one minty — that will transform your basic hot chocolate into a one-of-a-kind treat.
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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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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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