10 Things You Aren’t Adding to Your Hot Chocolate (But Should!)
Baby, it sure is cold outside. What better way to chase away chills on a cold winter day than to cozy up with a steamy cup of hot chocolate. The sweet liquid indulgence gets even better when you stir these flavor-boosting ingredients into your mug.
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Coffee lovers, rejoice! Get your caffeine boost and chocolate fix all in one with this perk-you-up delight, which includes a shot of espresso.
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No matter how frigid the temperature, the refreshing, delicious icy taste of peppermint (or just plain mint) is a hallmark of the season. Stir in crushed candy canes or peppermint candies, mint chocolate chips, a drop of mint or peppermint extract, or fresh mint leaves.
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Who says hot chocolate has to be hot? Sweet and oh-so-creamy, frozen hot cocoa will leave you feeling totally chilled out.
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Hot chocolate is a guilty pleasure on its own, but spiked hot chocolate takes the treat to a whole new level. Just add a splash of Kahlua, bourbon, whiskey, amaretto or Bailey’s Irish Cream. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!
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Butterscotch or Dulce de Leche
Got a serious sweet tooth? Every sip of this hot wonder is like a creamy bite of butterscotch. Or if you’re a caramel connoisseur, try one of these cute and tasty dulce de leche pods. They can be gifts, too!
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Sugar, spice and everything nice. That’s what you’ll get when you add a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger or allspice. Gingerbread hot cocoa will go down in the holiday recipe hall of fame, while crackling hot cocoa definitely lives up to its name!
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Warm and cozy just met its match. Try maple hot chocolate alongside your favorite Saturday morning pancakes and syrup.
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Chocolate in hot chocolate? Yes, please! Chocolate candy bars, coarsely chopped chocolate, white chocolate, chocolate chips, chocolate shavings––these cups of love are so good they’re even better than a boyfriend!
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Vanilla or Almond Extract
Your favorite extracts for baked goods also add sweet magic to homey drinks. Try vanilla almond hot chocolate for a taste that’s out-of-this-world good!