It’s time to break out those mugs and curl up on the couch with some hot chocolate. Hot chocolate connoisseurs probably want more just a typical mix with tiny marshmallows. And who can blame them? You can add virtually anything to your hot chocolate to give it a flavorful twist. You have peanut butter, and you have Nutella and you have these nine recipes that you should try this winter.
Food52 featured this recipe for hot chocolate that includes crushed cardamom pods. The spice adds a subtle layer of flavor to the chocolate.
Inspired by the masters of hot chocolate, A Beautiful Mess concocts this recipe, which uses dark chocolate, cinnamon and cayenne pepper.
No vegan left behind ever — not on our watch. But you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy this recipe from The Pretty Bee. P.S.: Cutest. Mug. Ever.
Living Better Together got our attention with this hot chocolate recipe for the “21 and over” crowd.
You can use store-bought caramel to make this recipe, but Cooking Classy recommends you make the caramel sauce yourself. A little bit of extra effort delivers a whole lot of payoff. Fans of salted caramel are encouraged to sprinkle some Maldon sea salt flakes over the top. Will do!
Speaking of homemade, Gimme Some Oven whips up a batch of homemade white hot chocolate that looks as gorgeous as it tastes creamy and delicious.
We love this recipe for peppermint hot chocolate from Snap Creativity because the mix is a great stocking stuffer. Just get yourself some decorative tins.
Lovers of red velvet rejoice, for we have found this recipe for red velvet hot cocoa from French Press that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
All it takes to make one of the best cups of chocolate you’ll ever have is a quarter teaspoon’s worth of lavender buds, as shown in this recipe from Une-Deux Senses. It not only hits the spot, but also smells delicious and may well relax you. (It’s so delicious, you don’t even really need the whipped cream on top, which is nice if you’re looking to save some calories.)