8 Creative Hot Chocolate Recipes and Ideas You Will Love

As we dive deeper into the cold season, it’s time to swap ice cream and frappes for warm soups and delicious hot chocolate. But if you’ve been a hot chocolate junkie for a while, you’re starting to grow bored of the same “pour cocoa, pour hot milk, and stir” routine. Don’t worry, this is the Internet, which means that here lie countless of creative, unique, and downright sinful recipe ideas that can help you give a twist to your cup of precious molten delight.

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Without further ado, let’s discover the most awe-inducing hot chocolate recipes – ideal for those days off when all you need to do is watch reruns and snuggle under the blanket.

#1 Black Cherry Bourbon Hot Chocolate

Let’s start off with a simple yet effective twist: if you don’t know how else to enrich a recipe, make it boozy! Chocolate and bourbon go together almost as well as chocolate and rum. Throw a black cherry into the mix and you’ll get the same kind of flavor that makes boozy black cherry chocolates so incredibly sophisticated and popular.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 5 tbsp Ghirardelli double chocolate hot chocolate mix (or mix of your choice)
  • 2 oz. Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon by Jim Beam
  • whipped cream
  • chocolate shavings

Read the recipe here for instructions!

#2 Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Sometimes all it takes to really give a unique twist to a drink is one particular ingredient. In this case, our star is peppermint, an unmistakable festive scent and flavor. Just like the pumpkin spice can do wonders for the ever-so-popular PSL, peppermint is going to give your hot chocolate a new edge – a Christmas-y edge.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract
  • whipped cream
  • crushed candy cane

Read the recipe here for instructions!

#3 Lemongrass-Lavender White Hot Chocolate

If sprinkling some peppermint over your hot chocolate’s whipped cream just isn’t quirky enough for you, dare to experiment and completely rewrite your own definition of hot chocolate. This recipe is a  reinterpretation of hot chocolate from base to flavors, swapping the traditional dark cocoa for its lesser used white counterpart. The real spiciness and exotic edge of this beverage, however, is given by the peculiar yet astounding lemongrass-lavender combo.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 12 ounces whole milk
  • 1 small stalk lemongrass, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried lavender
  • 1 makrut lime leaf, torn in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon zest from one small lime
  • 3 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped

Read the recipe here for instructions!

#4 Cardamom & Orange Spiced White Hot Chocolate

We’ll continue with the white chocolate propaganda because, dang it, it deserves some love too. In fact, many fail to realize the possibilities that come with white chocolate and its mild flavor, which is a perfect foundation to build all kinds of crazy flavor combinations. For example, take this combination. Cardamom and orange meet in your cup to create this recipe, which can be enjoyed on Christmas Eve and an average February night alike.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 4 oz. (by weight) good quality white chocolate, roughly chopped (or about 3/4 cup)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3-4 green cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 two-inch strip of orange zest*
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of cinnamon or freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish
  • fresh whipped cream, for serving (optional)

Read the recipe here for instructions!

#5 Spicy Hot Chocolate Mocha

Some say that there’s nothing that doesn’t go well with chocolate. We argue that coffee goes best of all. The popularity of the divine beverage typically known as mocha should serve as proof of that. If you love your coffee and cocoa alike, don’t make the mistake of missing out on this zesty recipe. It’s as classic as it easy to prepare (don’t let the ingredient list intimidate you)  and make your own.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • whipped cream
  • marshmallows
  • mini chocolate chips
  • chocolate syrup
  • caramel syrup

Read the recipe here for instructions!

#6 Strawberry Sweethearts Cocoa

Pink, cute, and delicious – this is a hot chocolate that basically begs to be part of a Valentine’s Day table. Even without this kind of special occasion, would anyone’s life be poorer while sipping on a strawberry hot chocolate? No? Of course not. Enrich your life and learn how to prepare this beverage, reserved only for those seeking supreme relaxation.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 pint strawberry ice cream
  • 4 cups water
  • whipped cream, for serving
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate sprinkles

Read the recipe here for instructions!

#7 White Fudge Oreo Hot Cocoa

You know you’re fighting a losing battle when you see fudge AND Oreo in the same sentence. For something that sounds so incredibly fancy, it’s actually incredibly easy to prepare it. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at the ingredient list below.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1½cup milk
  • 2 white fudge oreos, crushed

Read the recipe here for instructions!

#8 Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

You will never have to leave the comfort of your home to seek out cafes that can prepare this taste bud-soothing beverage once you learn how to prepare it at home. Caramel is great. Caramel with chocolate is even better. Salted caramel and hot chocolate should just be downright illegal.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4½ cups room temperature milk
  • 8 oz milk chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 oz dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • big pinch salt
  • whipped cream and caramel sauce, to garnish (optional)

Read the recipe here for instructions!

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And here we are, at the end of this journey (which really tested our resilience). Which one of these hot chocolate wonders made you crave it more? It doesn’t even matter. It’s hot chocolate, meaning that you can prepare it with minimal resources and effort. Get those cups ready!

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