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4 Anything-But-Plain Hot Chocolate Flavors

Nothing warms up the soul like a fabulous cup of hot chocolate. But why settle for plain hot cocoa? In this post, I’ll share my four favorite hot chocolate flavors that will tickle all taste buds and satisfy all palettes! These hot chocolate recipes can also be made into a vegan version — take note of the substitutions below!

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Classic peppermint hot chocolate

Homemade Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups whole milk*
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate bar (60% cacao), chopped*
  • 3 tablespoons sugar*
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon (scant) peppermint extract

*Vegan version substitutions: 4 cups unsweetened almond milk, 8 ounces dairy-free dark chocolate bar OR ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder; 3 tablespoons raw sugar

Directions

  1. Place milk, chocolate, sugar and cocoa powder in a medium saucepan and whisk constantly over medium-high heat until smooth.
  2. Remove from heat, whisk in peppermint extract.
  3. Divide into four mugs. Top with whipped cream. Garnish with a mini peppermint candy cane if desired.

Salted caramel hot chocolate

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

    4 cups whole milk*
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate bar (60% cacao), chopped*
  • ¼ cup Dulce de leche*
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

*Vegan version substitutions: 4 cups unsweetened almond milk, 8 ounces dairy-free dark chocolate bar OR ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder; 2 tablespoons maple syrup + 2 tablespoons almond butter.

Directions

  1. Place milk, chocolate, sugar and cocoa powder in a medium saucepan and whisk constantly over medium-high heat until smooth.
  2. Divide into four mugs and top with whipped cream and garnish with a dulce de leche drizzle.

Mexican hot chocolate

Homemade Mexican Hot Chocolate

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups whole milk*
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate bar (60% cacao), chopped*
  • ¼ cup sugar*
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon (heaping) cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

*Vegan version substitutions: 4 cups unsweetened almond milk, 8 ounces dairy-free dark chocolate bar OR ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder; ¼ cup raw sugar

Directions

  1. Place milk and cinnamon in a medium saucepan and whisk constantly over medium-high heat until the cinnamon is fragrant.
  2. Whisk in chocolate, sugar, cocoa powder and cayenne pepper until smooth.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in the almond extract.
  4. Divide into four mugs. Top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon and a dash of cayenne.

Coconut hot chocolate

Coconut Hot Chocolate

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • Two 13.5-ounce cans coconut milk
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate bar (60% cacao), chopped*
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar*
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

*Vegan version substitutions: 8 ounces dairy-free dark chocolate bar OR ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder; 2 tablespoons raw sugar + 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and whisk constantly over medium-high heat until smooth.
  2. Divide into four mugs. Top with whipped cream and garnish with sweetened coconut flake.

Whipped cream topping

Is it really hot chocolate without a dollop of whipped cream on top? You could use store-bought stuff… or you could make this DIY version.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream*
  • 2 teaspoons sugar*

*Vegan version substitutions: 1 cup chilled coconut milk (refrigerated overnight), 2 tablespoons agave or maple syrup.

Directions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment (or a hand mixer), place heavy cream and beat until soft peaks start to form.
  2. Add sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Be careful not to over beat.
  3. Place in an airtight container and chill in the refrigerator.

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3 Comments

Judy

When do you use the salt in the salted caramel version?

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firelizard8367

the salted caramel version’s directions need to be revisited, but otherwise, these all look yummy and I’m sure to try them all this winter!

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