18 Hot Chocolate Recipes That Will Change the Way You Feel About Winter

Oct 17, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. ET
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It used to be, "Give us a piña colada and we'll be happier than a pig in mud," but lately, hot chocolate is kinda changing our tune. While we formerly considered ourselves creatures of the summer, now we're all about fall and winter — because all the different variations of hot chocolate are totally altering the way we think about tropical frozen beverages and cold weather. Yup, give us some snow and sleet — as long as you lock us in a room with a fireplace and tons of hot chocolate.

And we're not just talking about that powdered packet stuff. Hot chocolate can get old quickly if you're not doing it right. Why settle for the mundane milk and chocolate combo when there are so many other yummy ways to go?

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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.

Pumpkin hot chocolate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Originally published October 2014. Updated October 2017.

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