9 ways to give your hot chocolate a twist this winter


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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.


1. Cardamom Hot Chocolate

Source: Food52 

Food52 featured this recipe for hot chocolate that includes crushed cardamom pods. The spice adds a subtle layer of flavor to the chocolate.


2. Aztec Hot Chocolate Recipe

Source: A Beautiful Mess 

Inspired by the masters of hot chocolate, A Beautiful Mess concocts this recipe, which uses dark chocolate, cinnamon and cayenne pepper.


3. The Best Vegan Hot Cocoa

Source: The Pretty Bee 

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.


4. Kahlua Hot Chocolate

Source: Living Better Together 

Living Better Together got our attention with this hot chocolate recipe for the “21 and over” crowd.


5. Caramel Hot Chocolate

Source: Cooking Classy 

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!


6. Homemade White Hot Chocolate

Source: Gimme Some Oven 

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.


7. Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

Source: Snap Creativity 

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.


8. Red Velvet Hot Cocoa

Source: French Press 

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.


9. Lavender Hot Chocolate

Source: Une-Deux Senses 

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.)