Heavenly Hot Chocolate

On chilly nights, snuggle up on the couch or next to a toasty fireplace with a warm mug of hot cocoa.

  • Peppermint Stick Hot Chocolate
    Jeff Kauck

    Peppermint Stick Hot Chocolate

    Make a traditional cup of hot chocolate fit for the holidays by serving it with candy canes. The candy cane is not only for decoration – it also adds flavor to the hot chocolate as it melts in the mug.
  • Rich 'n' Thick Hot Chocolate
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Leigh Anne Montgomery

    Rich 'n' Thick Hot Chocolate

    Use melted chocolate bars instead of cocoa for an extra-rich cup of hot chocolate.
  • Hot White Chocolate
    Photo: Alex Farnum; Styling: Randy Mon

    Hot White Chocolate

    White chocolate chips, marshmallows, and vanilla vodka are the stars of this adult-only hot chocolate that's like a dessert in a cup.
  • Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Mix
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Mix

    Make a batch of this peppermint-flavored hot cocoa mix to keep on hand for some instant comfort throughout the hectic holiday season.
  • Hot Chocolate with Ginger
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Hot Chocolate with Ginger

    This grown-up version of hot chocolate starts with an easy caramel syrup made with fresh ginger and sugar. Milk and chocolate sauce are then stirred in to make a cozy chocolate brew with a subtle kick.
  • New Mexican Hot Chocolate
    Photography: Karry Hosford

    New Mexican Hot Chocolate

    Plain old hot chocolate gets a luscious but easy New Mexican makeover with the addition of honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Even better, this sweet treat is kept light by using two-percent milk.
  • Peppermint Stick Cocoa
    David Prince

    Peppermint Stick Cocoa

    It takes only minutes to assemble, but this combo of mini chocolate chips, crushed peppermint candies, cocoa, sugar, and milk powder makes a festive hot cocoa mix that's bound to be one "hot" holiday gift.
  • Brandied Hot Chocolate
    Annabelle Breakey

    Brandied Hot Chocolate

    Even if sleigh rides and caroling aren't on the agenda, hot chocolate made with a splash of French brandy and freshly grated bittersweet chocolate will turn up the heat in the most delightful way.
  • Barcelona Hot Chocolate
    Oxmoor House

    Barcelona Hot Chocolate

    The combination of espresso with dark chocolate yields a not-too-sweet beverage flavored with a hint of orange.
  • Magic Cocoa
    Photo: Melanie Acevedo

    Magic Cocoa

    Dazzle the kids by letting them create their own magic—turning white milk into chocolate milk. Use peppermint sticks as tasty stirs.
  • Hot White Chocolate with Ginger
    Photo: Karry Hosford

    Hot White Chocolate with Ginger

    The unique combination of ginger gives this sweet beverage a refreshing bite. It's perfect to warm you up on those cold days.

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