Winter is lurking around the corner, and once the frost settles in, it’s going to feel like a lifetime before you can feel the warm spring sun on your face again.
But no problem, we love the festive season and all it brings, from fleecy snowflakes we can hit each other with to chilly nights, perfect for cuddles by the fireplace.
And we all know what completes that wonderful barricaded-indoors setting:
A fat mug of hot chocolate!
Here’s the thing, winter goes on forever, you can’t rely on one or two recipes for your hot chocolate; it can get boring fast.
Let’s arm you with some great alternative recipes to get you through the winter.
1. The Classic Hot Chocolate
Don’t let the word classic fool you!
This old-fashioned recipe offers a creamy and not overly sweet experience that can be tweaked to suit all generations.
Plus, you can still have a wholesome experience with this without the aid of fancy spices and toppings.
Let this be your go-to recipe when craving hot chocolate in winter. It’s creamy and perfect if you don’t have a sweet tooth.
- 1½ oz. dark chocolate
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
- 4 cups of whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Ground cinnamon for garnish (optional)
Add milk to a medium-size saucepan and heat on low.
Add both chocolates and sugar to the milk and whisk until the mixture is well blended.
Remove the saucepan from heat after two minutes and stir in vanilla.
Pour into mugs with a drizzle of cinnamon.
2. Nutella Hot Chocolate
Want to try something even better?
Nutella gives you the ultimate tasty twist. Plus, it’s easier to make.
You’ll need five minutes, four tablespoons of Nutella, and two cups of milk to enjoy the nutty and creamy Nutella experience for the Christmas decoration night.
Medium-heat the milk on a saucepan while occasionally stirring until steaming.
Add Nutella and whisk.
Serve as soon as Nutella dissolves in the mixture.
You can use chocolate shavings or chocolate syrup as toppings.
Pro tip: Get the coffee-ish experience by adding a few tablespoons of espresso powder.
3. Ice Cream Hot Chocolate
This rich and creamy Ice Cream hot Chocolate recipe is a must-have.
Serve the beverage with marshmallows and dig in with a fork while relaxing at the fireplace.
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 a cup of sugar
- 450-500ml softened vanilla ice cream
- Seasoned salt
- Large marshmallows
Combine the milk with half a cup of sugar (add 3/4 of sugar for heavy sugar users) in a medium saucepan.
Add a pinch of salt to the mixture.
Cook moderately for 3-4 minutes until the sugar dissolves.
Add the cocoa powder and whisk until it is dissolved.
Add the ice cream and cook at moderate heat while whisking to form the hot and smooth chocolate.
Scoop in your favorite mug and garnish with marshmallows before serving.
4. Cannabis-Infused Hot Chocolate
Just when you thought the chocolatey experience couldn’t be any better, try this Cannabis-Infused Hot chocolate for an uplifting experience.
We should warn you of the warm feeling that comes with this unique treat.
Plus, this is one of the most enjoyable ways of consuming cannabis.
Well, it’s the holidays!
- 2g Finely Ground Cannabis (hash, buds, or trimmings)
- I tsp coconut oil
- 1 cup milk (or alternative)
- I cup water
- 100 g Chocolate- preferably flakes (add or reduce based on taste)
- Dark, white, or milk chocolate – preferably in chips for easy melting
- A coffee filter
We are preparing cannabis-infused milk before adding the chocolate.
Pour the milk and water in the saucepan and medium heat until it boils.
Reduce the heat to low and add coconut oil and cannabis into the cannamilk.
Simmer while stirring for about twenty minutes.
Sieve plant remains by pouring the mixture into a separate saucepan via a coffee filter.
Add your flakes in the mixture and melt until they thoroughly mix with the cannamilk.
Turn off the heat, and serve- with marshmallows toppings if you like.
Side note: here’s a similar recipe for cannabis-infused hot cocoa if you want to try that!
5. Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate with Vanilla Creamer
Are you new to the dairy-free lifestyle but clueless but don’t know how to make this hot chocolate drink?
We’ve got you covered.
The dairy-free hot chocolate with unsweetened vanilla creamer will make your winter extra festive.
- 2 oz. dark chocolate
- 1 cup Vanilla Creamer
- 1 1/2 oz. cinnamon schnapps
- 1 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
Heat a small saucepan on low and add milk followed by both chocolates.
Thoroughly whisk the chocolate and milk for two minutes before removing the saucepan from the heat.
Whisk the schnapps into the frosty mixture.
Serve while warm in your oversized holiday mugs.
You can decide to go crazy with chocolate shavings or whipped cream toppings
These are our absolute favorite hot chocolate recipes that will get you through the winter.
With these recipes, you are guaranteed a totally wow experience when the nights start getting a little too cold.