We can’t fully embrace the cold season without a warm mug of hot chocolate. It’s a classic drink that can be made from a box with cocoa powder and hot water or from melted chocolate and hot milk. Either you make it, it always cheers us up and puts us in the mood for some company with friends and family. If you’re looking to shake things up this winter season, here are 10 hot chocolate recipes that are anything but basic.
1) Frozen Hot Chocolate
It’s not a cold hot chocolate; it’s a frozen hot chocolate! It’s a paradox on your tongue, and it’s even better to try during the summer season. It’s like having a dairy queen chocolate milk shake anytime you want without feeling smothered. This is one of the best hot chocolate recipes that will keep you cool all summer long and provide a fun twist to a classic drink.
2) Cookies and Cream Hot Chocolate
Cookies and cream is a combination of vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip cookie sweetness that we’re always down to eat. We love the crunch of the cookie and the taste of the smooth cream. Why not try it in your favorite winter drink? Add some whipped cream and crushed Oreos on top of this drink and it’ll be one of your favorite hot chocolate recipes.
3) Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
Peanut butter and chocolate have always been the perfect combination. We love Reese’s, peanut butter M&M’s, Take Five, and Butterfingers, so why not try the combination in a delicious drink? Top this drink with some whipped cream, melted peanut butter drizzle, and hot fudge for some more peanut butter and chocolatey goodness.
4) Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
Peppermint is a seasonal flavor that we can’t wait for it to come back onto the shelves. We love peppermint chocolate bark or just the peppermint flavor in general. Switch it up this winter season by swapping regular chocolate with white chocolate. It’s a combination that will blow your mind and make you want to try more unique hot chocolate recipes.
5) Hazelnut Hot Chocolate
Sometimes we want our hot chocolate to have a bit of flavor without overpowering the chocolatey goodness. Hazelnut is a flavor that will sweeten your hot chocolate and make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Add a piece of peppermint stick to this drink for a refreshing taste that will make you want to sit in a rocking chair on the porch to watch the first snowfall of the season.
6) Raspberry White Hot Chocolate
Something about a pink drink makes you feel so cheerful and ready to try anything. This fun twist on a chocolatey drink puts us in the mood for some romance or night in with the girls. It’ll make us want to eat pink cookies in the shape of hearts while drinking it.
7) Cheesecake Hot Chocolate
Cheesecake is a universally beloved dessert. We love trying it with flavors like strawberry, blueberry, chocolate, pumpkin, raspberry, and so much more. Cheesecake hot chocolate has to be one of the best hot chocolate recipes. Add whip cream and a pinch of graham crackers to this drink to make you feel like you’re drinking a liquid version of a delicious cheesecake.
8) Red Velvet Hot Chocolate
How about a red velvet inspired hot chocolate to curve your sweet tooth cravings? We love red velvet cake, but we also love hot chocolate so combining the two just feels right.
9) Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate
This winter season keep your pumpkin flavor cravings going with this pumpkin white hot chocolate. It’s two twists in one classic drink that will keep you wanting more pumpkin all winter long.
10) Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
A salty sweet treat is a taste we can only experience with salted caramel. However, adding salted caramel on top of your hot chocolate is an experience everyone will want to try. It’s a simple twist to make your hot chocolate better than basic.