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Hot Chocolate Recipes to Keep You Warm This Winter

by Julia Blanter
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National Hot Chocolate Day on Wednesday, January 31 is the answer to our cold weather blues. Just in time to warm our hands and hearts and make everything better, it’s the perfect excuse to make batch after batch of this magical winter elixir. Here are three hacks that elevate the humble hot treat into something very special.

Red Wine Hot Chocolate

We know, you’re probably thinking this is some kind of internet mash-up designed to be shared on Facebook but not actually enjoyed. But think about it: Hot chocolate is fantastic, as is mulled wine. Put the two together and you have a complex, rich drink that’s made for cold nights.

Ingredients (makes 1 cup)

Directions

  1. Stir enough hot cocoa and milk together to taste in a small pan over medium-low heat.
  2. When you see steam rising from the pan, add 1/4-1/2 cup of red wine and a shake of cinnamon. Warm through, taste, and adjust with a little extra sugar if needed.

S’mores Hot Chocolate

All the flavors of campfire s’mores are right here. Golden, gooey marshmallows float on perfect hot chocolate with a flavorful rim of crunchy Honey Grahams, sure to delight kids and big kids alike. We’ve been known to add a spoonful of Nutella for even more indulgence.

Ingredients (makes 1 cup)

Directions

  1. Stir enough hot cocoa and milk together to taste in a small pan over medium-low.
  2. While the hot cocoa is simmering, squeeze some chocolate syrup on a plate. On a separate plate, spread the crushed grahams.
  3. Roll the rim of a mug in the syrup, then into the grahams so they stick to the syrup.
  4. Pour the hot chocolate into the prepared mug. Top with marshmallows. Carefully caramelize the tops of the marshmallows with a kitchen blowtorch.

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

This recipe is inspired by Chocolate Moosey’s frozen hot chocolate recipe, which we’re counting down to make this summer. We’ve adapted it for winter, where the warming flavors of cocoa, peanut butter, and chocolate sauce are sure to give us a cuddle from the inside out.

Ingredients (makes 1 cup)

Directions

  1. Stir enough hot cocoa and milk together to taste in a small pan over medium-low.
  2. Lower the heat, and add 1-2 Tablespoons of peanut butter and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Gently stir until the peanut butter melts. Taste for sweetness.
  3. Pour into a mug and top with the chopped peanut butter cups and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.
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