Winter is in full swing, and as the temperature drops, so does our patience for the cold. There are many things around the house we look to for warmth during these months: blankets, sweaters, soup, candles, sweatpants, a good fireplace fire, and of course, hot cocoa. Few can resist the traditional delicacy that is hot cocoa on a freezing February evening, and those who do are missing out. In this blog, we give you everything you need to add some sweet chocolatey heat to your home this winter.
1) Make Your Own
We have nothing against store-bought mixes , but no package of powder compares to a thick, steamy cup of homemade hot chocolate. If you’ve never made hot chocolate before, you’ll be surprised at just how easy it is. Serve up some smiles with this quick recipe for homemade hot chocolate.
- Chocolate chips
- Over the stove, melt and mix chopped chocolate (or chocolate chips) with half of your milk. We recommend using 3 ounces of chocolate for every two cups of milk. (feel free to use good-quality cocoa powder in the place of some or all of the chocolate)
- On low heat, whisk in the rest of your milk, letting the mixture heat through.
- Taste it. Bitter? Add some sugar. Too sweet? A splash of milk or water should cut the flavor.
With homemade hot chocolate that is this simple to make, the whole family can join in! The key is finding your favorite flavor of chocolate chips — we recommend semi-sweet.
2) Add a Kick!
What’s better than ending a long, cold day with a cup of steamy hot cocoa? How about starting your day with a cup?! Your morning cup of Joe will never be the same once you’ve tasted these mocha-infused breakfast beverages. If you’re a coffee aficionado, or just want to save some money on that $5 flavored latte, these amazingly delicious and quick recipes are sure to sweeten your day while keeping your fingers from freezing.
Coffee and chocolate, a match made in heaven. With this quick recipe, you can take your mundane mornings from good to groovy in no time.
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup hot brewed coffee
- 2 tablespoons of milk, half and half, or cream
- 1 tablespoon of white sugar
- 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
Add all the ingredients in a mug and stir!
Not into hot coffee? No worries! You’ll love this quick-fix 3-Minute Mochaccino. We extend our deepest apologies to your Starbucks barista, this recipe is so good; you may never see him or her again. All you need is a blender and a mug to indulge on this delicious drink.
- ¾ cup milk
- 6 ice cubes
- 1 tbsp white sugar
- 1 teaspoon of coffee granules
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Blend all ingredients into a smoothie-like consistency, then serve.
3) Spike It!
Spiked hot chocolate is definitely a thing. If you’re one of the unfortunate people out there that have never tried it, we’d advise you get a mug ready. These chocolatey cocktails are a winter wonder guaranteed to heat up even the snowiest of Saturdays.
It seems fitting that a drink that can only be described as “liquid gold” would be named after the long lost city of gold. This recipe makes four full drinks; so don’t be afraid to invite friends or family to escape the cold too.
What you’ll need:
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water, plus 2 tablespoons
- 8 ounces finely chopped semisweet or milk chocolate
- 6 cups milk
- 6 ounce cinnamon flavored liqueur (recommended: Goldschlager)
- 3 ounce golden rum
Follow the full recipe here for a warm treat that’s perfect for the season!
If James Bond were snowed in, this would be his drink of choice. Whether you classify this as a dessert or a drink is entirely up to you, but this Hot Chocolate Martini is the ultimate cold weather indulgence. It perfectly balances the sweetness of the cocoa with a kick from vanilla vodka. Whether you’re avoiding the weather or looking for a mixed drink to heat up your next cold-weather gathering, a Hot Chocolate Martini is sure to do the job.
What you’ll need:
- 3 ounces homemade hot chocolate, cooled
- 1 ounce dark crème de cocoa
- 1 ounce Bailey’s irish cream
- 3/4 ounce vanilla vodka
- 3 to 4 miniature marshmallows
Follow the full recipe here!
Want some extra inspiration? Check out Buzzfeed’s 15 Amazing Ways to Spike Hot Chocolate for some amazing recipes and inspiration.
These hot cocoa recipes are sure to warm up your soul this season, and keep you from the shivering through the weekend. Whether you’re stirring up some homemade hot cocoa with the kids or pouring a few hot chocolate Martini’s for Valentines Day, the best way to beat the cold is with a warm cup of chocolaty goodness!