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7 Hot Cocoa Recipes That'll Keep You Warm and Cozy this Winter

The holiday season is over, and we have officially entered the New Year. It is getting colder in Boston, and we are always looking for ways to warm up. Homemade hot chocolate is a great option to keep us warm. I grew up drinking hot cocoa mix, but I have been finding many interesting recipes online to make it a little more fun.

Mix up your cozy hot cocoa with white chocolate, chai spices, candy canes, vanilla extract, coconut, or oat milk whipped cream, and you have a yummy twist on an original classic. Adults can add Irish cream, a dash of peppermint schnapps, or your favorite liquor to make delicious cocktails from a hot chocolate base. 

End a snow day or a cold night at a cozy cabin with a warm drink this season! 

Here are my favorite hot chocolate recipes!


On cold days, nothing beats a steaming cup of creamy hot chocolate. This recipe is straightforward to follow and takes only 15 minutes, allowing you to make it daily. Top with mini marshmallows and whipped cream, and you're good to go!


This is an excellent recipe because anything could be added to make it more delicious. Dark chocolate would make this an even more decadent drink. There's nothing like curling up with a cup of cocoa after a cold day. Whipped cream is always necessary, too!


I don't think I've ever used white chocolate to make hot cocoa before. It sounds incredible and is such a fun way to spruce it up!

These recipes are helping me step outside of my comfort zone from making REGULAR hot chocolate. Also, how cool are these clear mugs?!

This recipe had me at 5 minutes total time. If you don't consume or like dairy but love hot chocolate, don't worry! I've found a recipe that will make your winter! This recipe will cure that hot cocoa craving by using almond milk, coconut milk, or any dairy-free milk you enjoy. This recipe has only four ingredients, which all simmer over medium-low heat for only a few minutes. Top it with coconut or dairy-free whipped cream, and you're ready to enjoy!


You're missing out if you have yet to try Mexican hot chocolate! Use Mexican hot chocolate as the base, and add a dash of cinnamon to taste. Cozy up with a cup of this, and you'll never return to plain hot cocoa again!


I know it's winter and cold, but have you ever tried frozen hot chocolate? It's more than just a milkshake. You can make it using milk, ice, and hot chocolate instead of ice cream. You can even use white chocolate or dark chocolate. The best part is that it only takes 5 minutes to make. Remember to enjoy it with a straw and spoon!


Let's add some spice to our hot chocolate recipe! Adding spices like nutmeg, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper can make it even more delicious and warm. This recipe is a modern take on a classic hot chocolate, with those three spices being the main stars. However, it may not be suitable for children, but adults who enjoy a bit of a kick would appreciate it!

So there you have it: whipping up a cup of hot cocoa is easier and more satisfying than ever! All you need are a few ingredients! Within minutes, you'll indulge in a delicious and rich cup of homemade hot cocoa that will make you feel like a pro.

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