What kind of hot cocoa person are you? Do you like whipped cream or marshmallows? Dark, or white chocolate? Weird and whacky flavours, or plain rich chocolate?
Since man first got the genius idea to put chocolate in hot milk or water, we have been coming with new ways to somehow make something deliciously brilliant into something perfect. And there are a lot of hot cocoa recipes out there. A lot. Here are a few recipes you probably haven’t tried yet that you can make in your kitchen at home!
Mexican Chocolate Caliente
Did you know that before it was the sweet treat we all know and love, it was terribly bitter and unrefined? In fact, it was so nasty, that the drink was used as a man’s rite of passage into adulthood in South America.
Authentic Mexican hot cocoa is thinner than most other recipes and is perfect for those looking for a hot chocolate recipe that isn’t so heavy and rich. Less dark chocolate is used and comes through with spicy hints of cinnamon.
Robin Grose on The Spruce Eats makes an excellent cup o’ cocoa. Click here to take a look at their recipe!
Lavender Hot Chocolate
Put a floral, fragrant twist on your hot cocoa by adding a hint of lavender. Flowers and herbs are always an easy way to bring Autumn into your cooking, making this the perfect beverage for the season. Steam dried lavender into your milk and strain out when serving for a cup of pure comfort.
An excellent recipe can be found here, where comfort food is everything!
Hot Peppermint Patty
A chocolatey twist on this classic peppermint cocktail recipe. Get warm on those cold autumn nights with a boozy mint hot chocolate spiked with peppermint schnapps and crème de menthe. The ‘hottest’ cocktail you’ll find all season!
Check out Colleen Graham’s recipe on here, it’ll be all you need this autumn.
Spanish Chocolate Caliente
In Spain, they like their hot cocoa thick. The epitome of drinking chocolate. Meaning it’s gloopy, rich, and incredibly decadent. Perfect for dipping churros in. The Spanish were the first to recreate hot chocolate into a delicious steaming beverage after discovering it on their voyage to South America.
Find Tony and Lisa’s recipe here!
Vegan Chai Hot Chocolate
Just because you don’t eat dairy doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy hot chocolate. All it takes is a bit of smart shopping. The amount of milk substitutes you can find on supermarket shelves today is staggering, which means it’s easy to whip up a hot chocolate in five minutes or less.
Take a look at Emily Ritcher’s recipe here for a delicious cinnamon-infused chai creation!
Red Velvet Hot Cocoa
Red Velvet it the cake of the gods. Hot cocoa is the drink of the gods. Mix them together and you get something so divine you’ll feel blessed just drinking- let alone making it yourself! It looks incredible and tastes even better.
Try out Heather’s recipe here! Heather’s not a fan of any recipe with the word ‘skinny’ or ‘diet’ in the title. So, expect a very hearty and fulfilling hot chocolate experience with her.
Blackberry Hot Chocolate
Blackberries are a great way to Autumn-up any tasty beverage. With hot cocoa, the blackberries add a little zingy tartness on top of the smooth and rich chocolate making for some great (and surprisingly easy) flavour layering.
Jane Saunders’s recipe on Little Sugar Snaps is absolutely to DIE for! Check it out here!
Spiked Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
Let’s really start to bring some Autumn into our hot cocoa with a classic pumpkin spice flavour. But have you ever thought about using your slow cooker on the hot chocolate? A whole lot of levels are brought to the ground in this vodka-infused, slow-cooked, pumpkin-spiced recipe to make the perfect remedy for your Autumn shower blues.
Becky Harden makes an absolute banger on The Cookie Rookie. Make sure to check out her recipe here!
Lemongrass-Lavender White Hot Chocolate
One of the most adventurous recipes I’ve ever seen, this hot cocoa is for the lovers of bold and daring flavours. You wouldn’t think that lemongrass would make a good fit, but it turns out to be perfect for combatting that sickly sweet white chocolate. Lavender and Lemongrass are both light and fragrant, not very overbearing, meaning it adds just a little extra kick to bring what was once a common drink to life!
Check out Yvonne’s recipe on Serious Eats by clicking here!
Red Wine Hot Chocolate
A little red wine makes for a boozy chocolate concoction. Red wine complements the chocolate better than you think, with them both being bold and rich flavours. It adds an irresistible spirited punch to the mix.
A delicious recipe can be found on Wholefully by Cassey Johnson. Check it out by clicking here!
Northern Lights Styled Chocolatl
For any other lovers of the His Dark Materials Trilogy, try making some of Mrs Coulter’s chocolatl, just in time for the second in the Book of Dust series to drop! While the book never really mentioned an exact recipe. Avid fans have slaved away trying to find the perfect chocolatl re-invention that’ll whisk them away to Jordan Collage.
Kate Young’s food blog, The Little Library Café, of ‘food inspired by literature’ is chock full of nostalgic recipes like this one. Click here for the recipe!