Take Your Hot Chocolate To The Next Level This Winter

by Gennefer Gross

 

There’s nothing better than a steaming cup of cocoa during the cold winter months. Creamy chocolate with tiny marshmallows can make you feel like a kid again. But that doesn’t mean you have to resort to a packet of powder dumped in boiling water. You’re an adult. You can drink cocoa like an adult. Turns out, there’s a bonanza of bonbon beverages awaiting you that will make you just as exuberant as tearing open a box of Swiss Miss.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Spike your silky swirls of chocolate with a sprinkle of chili powder for a subtle smack of heat, and if you’re feeling extra adventurous, add in a touch of cayenne to kick your tastebuds into high gear. This fiesta in drink form is so tantalizing you may never go back to plain hot cocoa again.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Peppermint and chocolate go hand-in-hand, but you can up the Wow-factor by mixing chocolate liqueur with peppermint schnapps to get toasted, while you’re getting toasty. Like we said, you’re an adult. Go on and indulge in a 21+ cup of cheer with a refreshing minty aftertaste. That special someone in your life will appreciate it.

Raspberry Hot Chocolate

If you’ve ever had a flourless chocolate cake drizzled in raspberry sauce with bright bursts of fresh berries on top, you know that this combination is a can’t miss. A few spoonfuls of raspberry liqueur turn that decadent dessert into a lush liquid you can indulge in all night long without the guilt or the calories.

Cocoa Colada

Just because it’s freezing outside doesn’t mean you have to forgo tropical flavors. Transform this wintertime drink into an island delight with a splash of coconut rum, coconut milk, and bits of toasted coconut that will make you forget all about the temperature outside.

Snickerdoodle Hot Chocolate

Snickerdoodle is fun to say, but it’s even more fun to drink, especially as a buttery beverage, frothed with cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla over velvety white chocolate. Cookies in a cup? Sign us up!

Red Velvet Cocoa

The cupcake no longer has the market cornered on red velvet. Now, you can convert your cocoa into a rich red respite with a little food coloring and a whole lot of creativity. Just add vanilla, half and half, and powdered sugar to simulate that luscious cream cheese frosting, languishing over layers of melted semi-sweet chocolate, and skip the trip to the bakery.

S’mores Hot Chocolate

S’mores combines the best of both worlds by upgrading your standard marshmallow garnish with graham cracker crumbles and gooey fudge atop a pool of piping hot chocolate that will make you feel like you’re sipping cocoa by a campfire, even if your house is fireplace-free.

Mint Chocolate Chip Float

If you think floats are just for summertime, you’re missing out on a blustery breeze of cool mint, courtesy of a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream perched atop a pool of luxurious dark chocolate. The ice cream cools the molten liquid as you enjoy festive flavors by the spoonful. Go on, add another dollop before you reach the bottom. We won’t tell.

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