5 Creative Ideas for Hot Chocolate

It's that time of the year again; time to curl up with a cup of steaming hot chocolate on a chilly day! Why not try a new twist on that favorite treat? In the time it normally takes you to prepare a cup of instant mix you can have a gourmet tasting drink. Get started by trying out one of my five creative ideas for hot chocolate. They will transform your mug of hot cocoa into something extra special!

Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate:

Prepare a cup of hot chocolate according to package directions and mix in one tablespoon of creamy peanut butter. This tastes like a melted peanut butter cup and is delicious with a whipped cream topping and/or chocolate sprinkles!

Mint Chocolate Hot Cocoa:

Prepare a cup of hot chocolate according to package directions. Make sure that you use boiling hot water, not lukewarm. Stir in two pieces of any chocolate mint candy and top with marshmallows. It produces a wonderful rich and refreshing cup of hot chocolate!

Tropical Dream Hot Chocolate:

Add 1 ounce coconut rum and 1 ounce raspberry, strawberry or blueberry liqueur to one cup of prepared hot chocolate. Top with whipped cream and an orange slice if desired. This makes an unusual cup of hot chocolate with a twist of fruit flavor. A great recipe to wow the grownups with!

Homemade Banana Hot Chocolate:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 ½ teaspoons sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk or cream

Combine all ingredients in microwave safe bowl. Microwave on medium heat for 3 minutes or until heated thoroughly. Dump the contents of the bowl into a blender and mix until the chunks of banana are smooth. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy this treat reminiscent of a chocolate dipped banana!

Mexican Hot Chocolate:

  • 1 heaping tablespoon milk chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch chili powder
  • 1 pouch instant hot chocolate mix

Combine all ingredients into a mug and stir in boiling water. You can substitute milk for the boiling water to make this recipe extra creamy. Add a dollop of whipped cream on top and this will be your new favorite hot chocolate recipe!

There you have it, five simple but creative ideas for hot cocoa. Keep these tips on hand to bring some fun and adventure home this winter. You never know, you just might find your new favorite hot chocolate recipe!

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