18 Ways to Enjoy Cozy Homemade Hot Chocolate
When the weather outside is frightful.
Warm up from the inside out with a delicious cup of homemade hot chocolate — the perfect antidote to cold weather. We'll share 18 of our favorite hot chocolate recipes, from simple hot chocolate and spicy hot chocolate to vegan hot chocolate and instant hot chocolate mixes.
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!"
No cocoa in the house? How about unsweetened baking chocolate? Just melt it into hot milk and sugar.
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!"
Just add cinnamon and chili powder to instant hot chocolate mix, pour in milk and boiling water, and give it a stir.
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!"
This traditional Mexican hot chocolate is flavored with cinnamon, cloves, star anise, Mexican chocolate, Mexican brown sugar (piloncillo), and maize flour.
"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!"
"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."
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.
10. Candy Cane Cocoa
A double dose of peppermint brings the cheer to this top-rated hot chocolate recipe.
11. Snow Flake Cocoa
Use your slow cooker to keep a batch of this white hot chocolate nice and warm for your Christmas party.
Eggnog, milk, and chocolate mints go into this cup of holiday cheer.
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.
"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."
"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."
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."
17. Hot Cocoa Mix
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."
"This homemade white hot chocolate mix is creamy, rich, and delicious." — Dana
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