5 Ways to Make Your Hot Chocolate More Exciting

Oct 7, 2017 by

How to make your hot chocolate ore exciting

I love the fall and everything that comes with it. The shorter days, the colorful leaves and the frosty mornings get me so excited for the fall season. As soon as the temperatures start to drop all I want to do is wrap up in a soft blanket by a fire and drink hot chocolate.

I am no expert on how to make the perfect cup of hot chocolate from scratch. The last time I tried to make it from scratch it did not go well. It was gross and had lumps of cocoa powder. While I work to perfect a homemade from scratch recipe I thought I would experiment and try to make a packet of hot chocolate more exciting. Here are 5 of my favorites.

5 ways to make your hot chocolate more exciting

  1. Cinnamon

Have you ever had a chocolate covered cinnamon bear? They are so good! That is how I got the idea for cinnamon hot chocolate. At first I thought about using cinnamon candies but I didn’t want it to be too powerful or overly sweet. I just wanted a hint of cinnamon. To get that hint of cinnamon I threw in a cinnamon stick while I was heating the water (or milk) for my hot chocolate. I topped it off with some whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon. It turned out perfect!

5 ways to make your hot chocolate more exciting

  1. Cherry

I love the combination of cherries and chocolate. Those Queen Anne cherry chocolate cordials are one of my favorite candies around Christmas! After I made my mug of good old plain hot chocolate I added about 2 Tablespoons of maraschino cherry juice and a couple of cherries. Adding the two tablespoons of juice gave it just a hint of cherry flavor. You can always add more to give it a stronger cherry taste. Add some whip cream on top and another cherry to make it look pretty and you have a delicious mug of cherry hot chocolate.

5 ways to make your hot chocolate more exciting

  1. Peppermint

The cherry-chocolate combination is good but nothing beats a chocolate peppermint combination. I know this one is easy to find on a shelf in the grocery store but sometimes it is nice to just have plain chocolate and have the flexibility to switch it up. For my peppermint hot chocolate I just used peppermint flavoring. A tiny bit will go a long way so use with caution. It is better to start small and work your way up to more flavor. I didn’t measure this one out exactly I just poured a little bit in the cap to make it easier to get just a few drops into my hot chocolate. This one is fun to throw a candy cane into or you can top it off with butter mints.

5 ways to make your hot chocolate more exciting

  1. S’mores

Making s’mores is a must at least a few times a year. If you haven’t fulfilled your s’more quota yet try filling it with a cup of s’mores hot chocolate. It won’t be as good as a regular s’more but its hot chocolate and that is good enough. This one can get complicated or you can keep it simple. Start off with an extra chocolaty cup of hot chocolate and stir in a large spoonful of marshmallow cream. Top with a freshly roasted marshmallow (this is the complicated part). Or simply load up your cup with untoasted marshmallows. Dip your graham crackers in your hot chocolate and you have s’mores hot chocolate.

5 ways to make your hot chocolate more exciting

  1. Pumpkin Spice

This one, I will admit, was a little trickier to figure out. I was worried that putting pumpkin in the hot chocolate would give it a weird texture but it just made it a little thicker which was great! Also pumpkin pie spice goes a long way, if you are not careful you will end up with spicy pumpkin hot chocolate. When I got this whole thing figured out I ended up using 2 ½ TBS of pumpkin and ¼ tsp of pumpkin pie spice mix. This ratio gave it a good hint of pumpkin spice but not overwhelmingly so. If you want to make it stronger I suggest adding more pumpkin before you add more spice. Make sure to top this one off with lots of whip cream!

5 ways to make your hot chocolate more exciting

 

Keep yourself and your family warm this fall and winter season with these 5 variations of hot chocolate. One last tip for general hot cocoa making: Make your hot chocolate with milk. The higher fat the milk (like whole milk) the richer and creamier it will be.  Enjoy and stay warm!

 

What are your favorite hot chocolate creations?

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