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Patricia Conte has a background in marketing communications and works as an independent writer. In 2010, she was given the opportunity to combine her love of writing and food when she started as a contributing writer for the Food channel...

Upgrade your hot chocolate with these 18 amazing flavor combos

One of the best things about fall and winter are the fabulous warm drinks. Hot toddies, buttered rum and spiced mulled wine and ciders are all old standards, but nothing tops a piping mug of hot chocolate — unless, of course, it's whipped cream.

But hot chocolate can get old quick if you're drinking the same old powdered packet variety night after night. Why settle for the mundane milk and chocolate combo when there are so many other yummy ways to go?

Upgrade your hot chocolate with these 18 amazing flavor combos

So you've been through these but still need some warm beverage recipes to get you through the winter? Look no further. Here are some more of our coziest cold-weather recipes to fill your mug.

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Pumpkin hot chocolate

Upgrade your hot chocolate with these 18 amazing flavor combos

It’s pumpkin season! What could be more cozy and timely than a warm cup of pumpkin hot chocolate? Drink up from October to the new year.

Red velvet hot chocolate

Upgrade your hot chocolate with these 18 amazing flavor combos

Time to bring a little dessert vibe to your hot chocolate. This red velvet hot chocolate does just that. With its pretty color, it’d be the perfect hot drink for the holidays.

Hot dark chocolate with cinnamon and cognac

Upgrade your hot chocolate with these 18 amazing flavor combos

This winter cup of warmth is for adults only. Hot dark chocolate with cinnamon and cognac is spiked and seasoned — perfect on a cold night in.

Dairy-free peppermint hot chocolate

Upgrade your hot chocolate with these 18 amazing flavor combos

If you’re not down with dairy, you can still enjoy a mug of hot chocolate. This dairy-free peppermint hot chocolate is made with your favorite non-dairy milk, peppermint tea and, of course, cocoa powder.

Bourbon coconut hot chocolate

Upgrade your hot chocolate with these 18 amazing flavor combos

If you like bourbon, you'll love this bourbon coconut hot chocolate drink. The richness of coconut milk might be enough to make this hot drink a delight, but then add bourbon, heavy cream, chocolate and toasted coconut — yes, please!

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Frozen hot chocolate, two ways

Upgrade your hot chocolate with these 18 amazing flavor combos

Take your hot chocolate drinks into the deep freeze. You’ll love these options for frozen hot chocolate, two ways (milk chocolate and white chocolate), that are on the chilly but delicious side.

Hot cocoa mix ornaments

Upgrade your hot chocolate with these 18 amazing flavor combos

If you’re looking to share the hot cocoa love with someone, try these super-cute hot cocoa mix ornaments. It’s a craft you can drink.

Slow cooker, big-batch hot chocolate

Upgrade your hot chocolate with these 18 amazing flavor combos

Trying to warm up a crowd? Slow cooker, big-batch hot chocolate is the way to go. This is perfect for a fuss-free treat for the gang.

Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

Upgrade your hot chocolate with these 18 amazing flavor combos
Image: Yammie's Noshery

Originally published October 2014. Updated November 2016.

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