Blog By Donna

5 Ways to Spice up Hot Chocolate

Now that the weather is getting to be colder, I love drinking hot beverages such as coffee, hot cider, and ESPECIALLY hot chocolate!

Hot chocolate has always been one of my favorite drinks for the winter time, I mean who doesn’t love a chocolate filled drink that keeps you warm and toasty? However, I am one that likes to switch things up and not drink the same thing all of the time, I mean I can get bored with the same thing over and over and over.

This is why I am going to be sharing with you a few ways that I like to spice up my Hot Chocolate and tweak it to my own preference! Here are 5 ways to spice up hot chocolate:

Peppermint: I don’t think anything screams winter quite like the smell and taste of peppermint. I personally love adding peppermint to my hot chocolate because I just think that the flavor of the mint and the chocolate mixed together is to die for.

There are a couple ways that you can achieve this flavor, you could simply buy some peppermint extract and put a bit of that in your hot chocolate, or the much simpler way is to just get a peppermint and drop it into the bottom of your cup and allow the peppermint to soak in. You will absolutely love it!

Pumpkin Pie Spice: I don’t know about you, but my family cannot get through the holidays without some good old fashioned pumpkin pie, which is why I like to bring that delicious flavor to my hot chocolate! Just simply get yourself a little bit of pumpkin pie spice and mix that in with you hot chocolate, top it off with some whipped cream and you have yourself a delicious pumpkin pie drink.

Cinnamon: I am a cinnamon junkie! I pretty much love anything cinnamon flavor, cinnamon-scented anything. So naturally, I would love it in my hot chocolate. It just gives your normal, plain hot chocolate a bit of spice and flavor that really kicks it up a notch. Definitely a favorite and it’s so simple to just throw into your cocoa.

Marshmallow Fluff and Peanut Butter: This one is pretty interesting if I do say so myself, adding marshmallow fluff and peanut butter. I know it sounds a bit strange, but I promise it’s delicious.

It’s common to add marshmallows to your hot chocolate, so just throw a bit of peanut butter in there as well and I promise you when all of the flavors meld together you will have one sweet, delicious treat!

White Chocolate: Starbucks has a white chocolate hot chocolate which is where I initially tried this, it switched up the game for me. I would highly recommend checking this out because although I love my typical milk chocolate cocoa, this one has a completely original and delicious flavor. 

These are just a few of my favorite hot cocoa combinations that just switch things up a bit when I get bored with a plain hot chocolate. If hot chocolate is something you love during the holidays, but you just want to add a bit of extra flavor or spice to, I hope you’ll try these. Oh, and whipped cream on top of your hot cocoa is a must no matter what you add to it.

What’s your favorite way to drink hot chocolate?

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