Hot Chocolate Recipes

Candy cane cocoa, Mexican hot chocolate, white chocolate, and old-fashioned hot chocolate. Winter’s worth it if it means warming up with hot chocolate.

Staff Picks

Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa

Rating: 4.8 stars
I was messing around in my kitchen one day and was craving hot cocoa. Since I only had dark chocolate on hand, I used that, and for a festive touch added cinnamon. Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream or marshmallows, if desired. Serve hot.

Easy Mexican Hot Chocolate

Rating: 4.48 stars
This is an easy way to spice up regular hot chocolate mix. Add more or less of each ingredient, depending on taste. Serve with marshmallows or whipped cream and enjoy.
By Anonymous

Maple Syrup Hot Chocolate

Rating: 4.5 stars
Delicious hot chocolate!

Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate

Rating: 4 stars
Dairy allergies? No worries. You can still have a very tasty cup of hot chocolate! This recipe will work great with any kind of dairy-free milk. Enjoy!

Hot Chocolate, Slim

Rating: 5 stars
Hot chocolate without all the guilt. For adults, spike the hot chocolate with Kahlua®.

Mexican-Style Hot Chocolate

Rating: 4.4 stars
Warm and creamy; simple chocolate flavors with a hint of cinnamon.

Creamy Hot Cocoa

Rating: 4.61 stars
It's old fashioned, it's comforting, it makes the kitchen smell wonderful and it's good for the soul.

Chocolate Bar Hot Chocolate

Rating: 4.76 stars
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!

Xocolatl (Aztec Chocolate)

Rating: 4.09 stars
This bitter, spicy Aztec drink is what modern 'Hot Chocolate' is based from. For a more authentic version the way the Aztecs enjoyed, chill the Xocolatl before drinking.

Mayan Hot Chocolate

Rating: 4.62 stars
Don't knock it till you've tried it. This rich, delicious, and kicky hot chocolate might make you abandon your traditional ties. No marshmallows needed; this is for grown-ups. Everything in this recipe can be altered to suit your taste, however I recommend following the recipe to the letter the first time you try.


Rating: 4.63 stars
A traditional Mexican chocolate drink.

Hot Cocoa Mix

Rating: 4.24 stars
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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Snow Flake Cocoa

A rich, creamy cocoa for white chocolate-lovers! This is easy to make in your slow cooker.

Creamy Hot Cocoa

"This is a new holiday tradition in our house!" – collegechef08

Hot Chocolate Mix

Rating: 4.05 stars

if you're looking for a simple hot chocolate mix without the trans fats, this is it! For each serving, add 1/4 cup cocoa mix to 1 cup hot water, stirring well.