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Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipes

Updated on September 6, 2016
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Do you enjoy drinking hot chocolate during the fall and winter? It is a delicious beverage that is not difficult to make at home. With a handful of ingredients and a little time, you'll be making it regularly for your whole family as well as your friends. I've included a wide variety of recipes here. Enjoy!

This article includes the following types of hot chocolate recipes:
Classic
Frozen
Sweet
Seasonal
Fruit
International
White Chocolate
Alcoholic

How To Make Hot Chocolate From Scratch

Tips for Making Homemade Hot Chocolate

The Daily Meal offers seven great tips for making a perfect cup of hot chocolate. While you do not need to follow them to the letter every time that you make a homemade cocoa, even using one or two of them can make a big difference. As you get comfortable with the formula, you'll be able to experiment with it a little to make it your own.

Lavender hot chocolate.
Lavender hot chocolate. | Source

Hot Chocolate Topping Ideas

There is no limit to the number of hot chocolate toppings that you can use, but here are a few of the most popular ones.

  • Whipped cream
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate shavings
  • Butterscotch syrup
  • Crumbled cookies
  • Crushed candy canes
  • Cinnamon sticks

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Complete your classic hot chocolate recipe with a pinch of salt!

One of the fun aspects of making a recipe at home is that you can customize it any way that you like. However, there is nothing wrong with sticking to a classic recipe, too.

  • Duni's Studio. Duni shares her recipe for hot chocolate with us that has cinnamon and vanilla sugar. Vanilla extract also works well.
  • Sing For Your Supper. If you enjoy thick hot chocolate that is like drinking melted chocolate, you'll have to try this recipe from Amy.
  • The Road Forks. Give the classic a new take with cinnamon, dried red chili pepper, and brown sugar.

Have you heard of frozen hot chocolate? I hadn't before I started putting this article together. If you love the taste of hot chocolate but are in the mood for a cold drink, this is a great option.

In case hot chocolate isn't sweet enough for you on its own, this is a great way to kick the sweetness factor up another notch. You can substitute another dessert or candy flavor if you prefer. The possibilities are endless.

Peppermint hot chocolate.
Peppermint hot chocolate. | Source

I know that it's a little strange to have a seasonal category in an article about a drink that is largely seasonal. However, there are a few types of hot chocolate that people like to make specifically for fall or winter.

  • Pumpkin. When you've already made every pumpkin dessert you can imagine, switch it up and put some pumpkin in your hot chocolate.
  • Peppermint. Don't skimp on the peppermint extract and/or crushed candy canes to get a rich peppermint flavor.

If you're not ready to give up the wonderful fruit flavors from summer, put a little bit of them into your hot chocolate.

  • Raspberry. Raspberry extract is all you need to convert this classic recipe.
  • Strawberry marshmallows. Homemade strawberry marshmallows take homemade hot chocolate to a whole new level.

Mexican hot chocolate.
Mexican hot chocolate. | Source

Put a different spin on your hot chocolate by making an international recipe.

  • Italian. This variation uses corn flower and honey. You can also make a richer version with half and half.
  • Mexican. If you live in or near a Hispanic neighborhood, you should be able to find a grocery store than carries Mexican chocolate.
  • Mexican Spiked. If you want to add some alcohol to your Mexican hot chocolate, this is the recipe for you. This drink is a great combination of sweet and spicy.

Many people like to mix up the classic hot chocolate recipe by using white chocolate instead of milk or dark chocolate.

  • Gimme Some Oven. This is a simple version of white hot chocolate. You can't go wrong.
  • Cadbury. The Cadbury company has a decadent white hot chocolate recipe that uses a couple of their products. They recommend kicking it up a notch with a shot of espresso.
  • White Spiked. A little rum will take your white chocolate to a new level. This recipe also has a unique touch with cardamom.

Betty's White Hot Chocolate

Having written a number of articles about beverages, I knew that I couldn't write this article without including a selection of alcoholic options.

Drinking Chefs - Spiked Hot Cocoa

Hot chocolate should be fun!
Hot chocolate should be fun! | Source
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