Keep Warm This Winter With These Delectable Hot Cocoa Recipes

Hot chocolate or cocoa drink with milk and marshmallows.

Cooler weather has arrived, and nothing can help you cozy up and stay warm like a delicious cup of hot chocolate. There is something nostalgic about the traditional milk chocolate drink with marshmallows. It is loved by all. We’ve gathered a few recipes from Taste Of Home for some extra special chocolaty drinks.

Back To The Basic – Rich Hot Chocolate

This basic recipe is a great base if you want to get creative and add extra ingredients.

2/3 Cup of heavy whipping cream

1 Cup of 2% milk

4 Ounces of dark chocolate, chopped

3 Tablespoons of sugar

Vanilla extract

Sweetened whipped cream topping

In a saucepan, heat the heavy whipping cream, milk, dark chocolate, and sugar over medium heat. Let the mixture come to a simmer, but don’t let it boil. Stir constantly to avoid burning. Remove the mixture from the heat, and stir until totally smooth. Add Vanilla extract, divide between 2 of your favorite mugs, and top with sweetened whipped cream topping.

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PSL Fan? – Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

Why does pumpkin spice have to end in the fall? Carry your favorite flavor into winter with this pumpkin-spiced hot cocoa.

5 Cups of 2% milk

10 Ounces of white baking chips

1 Cup of heavy whipping cream

½ Cup of solid-packed pumpkin

1 ½ Teaspoons of ground cinnamon

1 Teaspoon of vanilla extract

¼ Teaspoon of ground ginger

Topping Ingredients:

½ Cup of heavy whipping cream

2 Tablespoons of confectioners’ sugar

¼ Teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/8 Teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Whisk milk, baking chips, and heavy whipping cream over medium heat in a large saucepan. Mix until smooth, but don’t let it boil. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla, and ginger. In a small bowl, make your topping. Beat cream until it starts to thicken. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla and beat until peaks form. Divide the hot chocolate mixture between your favorite mugs, top with whipped cream, sprinkle with extra cinnamon, and enjoy!

These recipes are sure to warm you up from the inside out, whether you stick to the traditional hot cocoa or get a little experimental with pumpkin spice. Other stand-out recipes include Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate, Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Mix, and Gingerbread Hot Cocoa. Try one today or make a mix to pass along to friends and family.