Dress up homemade hot chocolate with 10 easy delicious flavored hot cocoa recipes. These 10 ways change ordinary hot chocolate into something spectacular. You are sure to find a new favorite, or two, from these 10 ideas for hot cocoa mix-ins.
Raise your hand if you like snow days?
My hand is raised high!!
Since moving to the south, snow days have taken on new meaning to me. If we see snow in Georgia or North Carolina EVERYTHING shuts down. Which means a Snow Day for the adults and the kids.
And of course if a snow day happens, you know snowball fights, sledding and warm mugs of Hot Chocolate are surely going to happen.
10 Twists on Hot Chocolate
There is nothing wrong with a delicious mug of homemade hot chocolate, but sometimes you may be craving something a little bit more special.
That is where these recipes for flavored hot chocolate are perfect to change up plain hot cocoa for delicious twist.
For a delicious cup of easy hot chocolate, start with 4 cups chocolate milk (dairy or non-dairy milk) or 1 recipe for homemade hot cocoa and add in the following mix-ins.
Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
My all time favorite combination is chocolate and peanut butter.
- For this easy peanut butter hot chocolate:
- Mix in 3 tablespoons peanut butter into warm homemade hot cocoa and mix well.
- Or heat 4 cups chocolate milk with 3 tablespoons peanut butter until just warm.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Peppermint and chocolate are another classic.
- For this easy Peppermint Hot Cocoa:
- Mix in 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract into warm homemade hot cocoa and mix well.
- Or heat 4 cups chocolate milk and then add in 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract.
Espresso Hot Chocolate
This coffee spiked hot chocolate is for the adults, and often one adults need after a snow day home with kids! To make espresso hot chocolate, you have 2 options.
- Brew a shot of espresso and then add in 1 cup warmed hot chocolate.
- Mix in 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder into 1/4 cup chocolate milk, until espresso is dissolved. Once well mixed, add the remaining chocolate milk and heat.
Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
Cinnamon Hot Cocoa is a little bit like Mexican Hot Chocolate, but lacks the nutmeg or allspice that most Mexican Hot Cocoas contain.
- For Cinnamon Hot Chocolate:
- Add in 2 teaspoons to homemade hot chocolate and whisk well.
- Whisk in 2 teaspoons of cinnamon with 4 cups chocolate milk and heat.
Orange Hot Chocolate
Orange and chocolate may sound like an odd combination, but it is a classic.
- To make Orange Hot Cocoa:
Caramel Hot Chocolate
Chocolate and caramel go together as well as chocolate and peanut butter in my book.
- To make Caramel Hot Cocoa:
- Add in 3 tablespoons prepared caramel to hot cocoa base or chocolate milk and heat. 4 cup
- You can use any store bought caramel sauce you like, or try out this Homemade Caramel or Homemade Salted Caramel for a Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa recipe.
Either version of Caramel Hot Chocolate would pair nicely with my Salted Caramel Bundt Cake.
Cayenne Hot Chocolate
I fell in love with Cayenne added to chocolate after I had cayenne infused dark chocolate ice cream. The subtle heat awakens your taste buds and warms you to the core. A tiny bit of cayenne powder is the perfect touch to add a little flair to hot cocoa.
- For Cayenne Hot Cocoa:
- Add in 1/2 teaspoon cayenne to homemade hot cocoa base or chocolate milk and heat until warm.
Coconut Hot Chocolate
Coconut Hot Chocolate is for all the people out there who love Almond Joys!
- Make Coconut Hot Chocolate by:
- Using coconut milk in place of dairy milk in homemade hot chocolate recipe. Top with flaked coconut if desired.
Ginger Spiced Hot Chocolate
This Ginger Spiced Hot Cocoa is a lot like Orange Hot Chocolate. Fresh ginger infuses the hot chocolate while it heats.
- To make Ginger Spiced Hot Chocolate:
- Take 1/2 inch peeled fresh ginger and place in homemade hot chocolate or chocolate milk as it heats. Remove ginger.
- The fresh ginger will have left a subtle spicy flavor to the hot chocolate.
Nutella Hot Chocolate
Can I tell you a little secret? I am not a huge fan of Nutella! But so many of you are, so I decided I should include a quick recipe for Nutella Hot Cocoa.
- To make Nutella Hot Chocolate
- Mix in 1/4 cup Nutella into hot chocolate as it cooks.
What hot chocolate do you want to try first?