Spice up your hot chocolate: holiday hot cocoa recipes

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Ah, hot chocolate. A holiday classic. But what about boujee hot chocolate? You heard it here first, folks. We at the Clog bring to you the fanciest hot chocolate recipes, so get out your mugs, turn on your stoves and get ready to warm your souls with liquid gold.

Peppermint hot chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 of cups of milk
  • 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 ounces of bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces of milk chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract
  • Candy cane, for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, heat the milk, heavy cream, salt and sugar on medium heat until it begins to simmer.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in chopped chocolate and peppermint extract. Continue stirring until the chocolate melts and is fully incorporated into the liquid mixture.
  3. Serve with a peppermint stick and enjoy!

Pumpkin pie hot chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 2 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine cocoa powder, sugar and pumpkin pie spice.
  2. Pour heavy cream over the powdered mixture and mix until a thick paste forms.
  3. Heat milk and pumpkin puree in a small pot over medium heat until it starts to simmer, stirring occasionally.
  4. Scrape the cocoa powder paste from the bowl and add it to the milk and pumpkin mixture. Whisk until completely dissolved.

Mexican hot chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 2 bars of bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon of chili powder
  • ½ tablespoon of brown sugar
  • A pinch of nutmeg

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the chocolate with water and cinnamon sticks over medium-high heat.
  2. Once the chocolate is melted, add the milk, heavy cream, chili powder, sugar and nutmeg. Stir until combined.
  3. Once boiling, lower the heat to medium and let it cook until it begins to thicken (about five minutes).
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Peanut butter hot chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • A pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Combine milk, cocoa powder, peanut butter and salt in a pot and warm over medium heat.
  2. Add honey, one tablespoon at a time, and taste to adjust to the level of sweetness desired.
  3. Serve, enjoy and remember to lick off your foamy mustache when done.

To make your hot chocolate totally inclusive to all dietary needs, feel free to swap out certain ingredients with their alternatives. Regular milk, for example, can be substituted with almond, coconut or soy, which might not only be healthier but also yummier!

Contact Camryn Frederickson at [email protected].

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