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Spice Up The Season With Some New Hot Chocolate Recipes

Rachael Brennan Updated: 01-12-2018
Spice Up The Season With Some New Hot Chocolate Recipes

It's the most wonderful time of the year - hot chocolate season! As the weather cools down our beverages heat up, giving us delicious, chocolatey treats and an excuse to use those mugs that seem to multiply of their own accord in the back of the cabinet all year long.

There are hundreds of different hot chocolate recipes available to suit every taste. Whether you want something spicy, salty, or extra sweet, there is a perfect recipe out there waiting for you. The packets of hot chocolate you can buy in the coffee aisle of your local grocery store might do in a pinch, but if you want a truly decadent hot chocolate experience you will need to try one of these recipes instead.

 

Vampire Hot Chocolate

Vampire Hot Chocolate

It isn't often that you find a hot chocolate recipe that just screams Goth, but this Vampire Hot Chocolate recipe manages to do exactly that! From the unique color to the "vampire blood" dripping down the outside of the mug, this sugary treat was made for those of us looking to embrace a darker side of ourselves this holiday season.

As far as hot chocolate goes, this one from Big Bear's Wife seems especially tasty - a combination of whole milk, heavy cream, white chocolate, and vanilla makes this particular treat exquisitely rich. The bright red color is a beautiful contrast to the dark red blood dripping down the side of the cup, but because the color comes from nothing more than a few drops of food coloring you could easily make it whatever color calls out to you in the dark recesses of your soul.

 

Slow Cooker Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

Slow Cooker Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

Tis the season for pumpkin spice, and hot chocolate recipes are no exception! This Slow Cooker Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate is the epitome of fall, filled with pumpkin spice and decadent white chocolate.

This recipe, from Tornadough Alli uses a slow cooker, which means you can set it up and go run errands for a few hours, coming home to a delicious reward for braving the cold winter weather.

The recipe features white chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice, making it an excellent choice if you are looking for something a little different to serve on Thanksgiving or at your annual holiday party. 

 

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

A combination of mint and chocolate is a holiday staple for a reason - it is absolutely delicious! The sweetness of the chocolate paired with the refreshing coolness of the peppermint is basically the embodiment of Christmas, making this Peppermint Hot Chocolate a treat you'll want to try this year.

This medley of chocolate chips, milk, heavy cream, and peppermint extract, from Sugar Hero, comes together very quickly, which means you are always just 5 minutes away from this super tasty treat. Best of all, the snowflakes and chocolate curls on top are simply edible accents. Edible accents come in a wide variety of themes, which means you are just an internet search away from taking your hot chocolate from Winter Wonderland to Steampunk Celebration.

 

Gothic Mocha

Gothic Mocha

Though it isn't exactly a hot chocolate recipe, this Gothic Mocha is a chocolatey beverage you won't want to go without this winter. Mocha is a combination of chocolate and coffee, so this is perfect for coffee lovers when the weather starts getting chilly.

The dark black color of the drink comes from the addition of activated charcoal, which seems to be the new health trend going around this year. If you want a delicious mocha treat that is a little bit healthier alternative to traditional hot chocolate, this is the perfect choice for you.

 

Nutella Hot Chocolate

Nutella Hot Chocolate

Pretty much everyone loves Nutella, which means you are sure to please with this Nutella Hot Chocolate recipe. The fusion of chocolate and hazelnut is another holiday favorite, making this a perfect choice for the Christmas season.

This is also a little bit healthier than the other hot chocolate recipes here, replacing the whole milk and heavy cream with skim milk and cocoa powder. This isn't a healthy beverage by any stretch of the imagination, but it will come in at a little bit lower calorie count than some of the others on this list. 

 

Slow Cooker Mexican Hot Chocolate

Slow Cooker Mexican Hot Chocolate

If you are looking for a hot chocolate with a ton of flavor you can't go wrong with this Slow Cooker Mexican Hot Chocolate. The extra cinnamon, nutmeg, and chili powder give a delicious depth of flavor to this recipe that you won't find in a traditional hot chocolate. While it isn't exactly spicy, this hot chocolate has a bit of oomph that you will really enjoy.

This is another hot chocolate that is prepared in a slow cooker, which means it will take a couple of hours to cook but you will be thrilled with the end results. 

 

Vampire Blood White Hot Chocolate

Vampire Blood White Hot Chocolate

If you want a hot chocolate that looks like it will put you on Santa's naughty list this year, you can't go wrong with Vampire Blood White Hot Chocolate. This is a white chocolate beverage covered in a strawberry syrup, so while it might look gory it tastes fantastic.

Whether you are looking for a hot chocolate you would be proud to serve to Ned Flanders or something that seems better suited to Edgar Allen Poe you will find exactly what you are looking for on this list. Try a few of these recipes for a truly epicurean holiday season!

What are your favorite hot chocolate recipes?

 

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