When the weather outside is frightful.

By Vanessa Greaves
February 12, 2015
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Mmm chocolate!

Warm up from the inside out with a delicious cup of homemade hot chocolate — the perfect antidote to cold weather. We'll share 28 of our favorite hot chocolate recipes, from simple hot chocolate and spicy hot chocolate to vegan hot chocolate and instant hot chocolate mixes.

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Did You Know?

"Food of the gods" is also the literal translation of chocolate's scientific name: Theobroma cacao. Unsweetened chocolate lives up to the translation of its Aztec name, xocolatl, which means "bitter water." That's why you have to add a little sugar to the mix if you're making hot chocolate with unsweetened cocoa powder. #themoreyouknow

Easy, Simple Hot Chocolate

Let's start with the basics. You probably already have the ingredients for these easy hot chocolate recipes in your pantry. Go check!

"Yummy! I made this while we had friends visiting. It was the perfect beverage to get the cold edge off. Very rich, but that's the way I like it!" — Innadired

"Hot chocolate made from scratch in the microwave," says recipe creator Steph. "If your kids can use the microwave, they can make this recipe!"

CillaWelsh

No cocoa in the house? How about unsweetened baking chocolate? Just melt it into hot milk and sugar.

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Have a candy bar on hand? This hot chocolate comes together with just three ingredients. Recipe creator Duckball says, "I wanted to use up some full-size chocolate bars leftover from Halloween and decided to make hot chocolate out of one. The result was fabulous!"

House of Aqua

Sugar, milk, and chocolate syrup are all that's required for this simple hot chocolate. Recipe creator Zoe says,"Add marshmallows, whipped cream, or Cool Whip® to make even tastier."

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Hot and Spicy Hot Chocolate

A little extra kick from a pinch of chili powder or cayenne gives these hot chocolate recipes a warmth that keeps on warming.

Recipe creator Crema says, "To make this authentic Mexican hot chocolate, you need Mexican hot chocolate tablets or squares which gives it its unique taste. Eat the chile only if you can handle it!"

Buckwheat Queen

Just add cinnamon and chili powder to instant hot chocolate mix, pour in milk and boiling water, and give it a stir.

Buckwheat Queen

A pinch of ginger and cayenne pepper give you the hint of winter spice you're looking for. As recipe creator CoachJen puts it, "You deserve this!"

Buckwheat Queen

Globe-Trotting Hot Chocolate

Give your hot chocolate a taste of far off lands with unexpected flavors.

"If you like Indian-style desserts, you'll love this white hot chocolate!" says recipe creator chefbabz. "Very rich, very yummy!"

Buckwheat Queen

This traditional Mexican hot chocolate is flavored with cinnamon, cloves, star anise, Mexican chocolate, Mexican brown sugar (piloncillo), and maize flour.

Yoly

"Hot chocolate Italian-style is one of the most amazing treats in the world!" says nikwik. "You have to try this pudding-like chocolate decadence! Add some Irish cream, cinnamon, and whipped cream for a fun variation, or create your own!"

Buckwheat Queen

"I created this drink from the memories of a trip to Hawaii, where I met my (now) husband," says recipe creator L Mac. "Surprisingly, it does get chilly in Hawaii, especially at night and in cold, rainy regions. This is a different take on the usual cold and frozen Hawaiian libations."

lutzflcat

"A hot chocolate with a bit of spice. Delish! A great hot drink to serve on a cold snowy day," says reviewer Lela.

House of Aqua

Holiday Hot Chocolate

Just the holly jolly warm-ups you need for tree-trimming parties, cookie swap parties, and all the festive get-togethers of the season.

A double dose of peppermint brings the cheer to this top-rated hot chocolate recipe.

Buckwheat Queen

Use your slow cooker to keep a batch of this white hot chocolate nice and warm for your Christmas party.

Evie stevie

Eggnog, milk, and chocolate mints go into this cup of holiday cheer.

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"The taste reminds me of those wonderful chocolate-orange balls sold at stores during Christmas time. This is a real gourmet delight. The orange juice gives a perfect touch of orange flavor not too strong...just right. The cinnamon adds a bit of spice for a nice little finish," says reviewer Mixit.

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Pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice combine to make this hot chocolate fall in a cup. Reviewer Buckwheat Queen says, "This drink will turn you into the Grinch who stole the hot chocolate."

House of Aqua

Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate

Use plant-based milks to make these satisfying cold weather beverages. Just a note: Sugar is not a vegan ingredient unless the label specifies it as vegan. You can use alternative vegan sweeteners such as agave syrup and maple syrup.

Rice milk, vegan chocolate chips, and a touch of vanilla extract get warmed up together to make a satisfying vegan hot chocolate.

Buckwheat Queen

"Whoa Nelly!" says littlechristine. "Being a self-proclaimed hot chocolate expert, I have to say that this recipe is top-notch. With or without the cayenne pepper, my roommates and I loved this. It's rich, frothy, and very decadent."

Ronald Crabtree

"This delicious vegan hot chocolate is made with coconut milk and dark chocolate and a pinch of curry," says recipe creator Crema. "Plus sugar of course, but you can use other sweeteners as well."

Buckwheat Queen

Recipe creator Carole Castellucci Miller says, "This keto-friendly hot cocoa features MCT oil, egg, cacao powder, but no dairy. Stevia should be added to taste."

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Hot Chocolate Mixes

Store the dry ingredients in a jar and just add hot water when you're ready, and you'll have hot chocolate at a moment's notice. Jars of cocoa mix make perfect homemade food gifts, too.

"Hot chocolate mix takes just seconds to make, and you may already have everything you need in the pantry," says Chef John. "Just make sure one of those things is a very high quality cocoa powder."

Earla Taylor says, "I make this at the beginning of the cold weather, and have it ready all winter. Vary the flavor of your mix by trying flavored nondairy creamer; I like the cinnamon."

My Hot Southern Mess

"This homemade white hot chocolate mix is creamy, rich, and delicious." — Dana

Unconventional Hot Chocolate

Thanks to the innovative home cooks in our community, the ways we can enjoy hot chocolate are evolving. From slow cooker hot chocolate to frozen, some would consider these to be the new and improved versions of a classic holiday beverage.

Cooking hot chocolate in a slow cooker is great for large crowds, since the slow cooker will keep large quantities of hot chocolate warm all night. Reviewer mac.31285 says, "I made this for a big Christmas dinner today and got a lot of compliments and requests for the recipe!"

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Reviewer House of Aqua says, "This is the ultimate hot chocolate. What is better than rich hot chocolate mixed with homemade whipped cream?"

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If you live in a warm climate or you want to celebrate Christmas in July, this frozen hot chocolate recipe is for you. Reviewer ONIOND says, "Cool and refreshing, my new favorite summer drink!"

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