15 Things to Put in Hot Chocolate (Besides Mini Marshmallows)
Baby, it's sure cold outside and just the time for hot cocoa. But don't be basic! Try a few new things to put in hot chocolate that you might not have tried before!
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We know Nutella fans can’t get enough of the spread. Add a touch of Nutella to your hot cocoa as it heats. If you want to go a little further, add a splash of Frangelico to your cup!
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!
An easy way to add extra flavor to any cup of cocoa—be it out of the box or homemade—is to add a touch of your favorite spices. A sprinkle of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg or even cayenne can all be welcome warming additions.
A Splash of Your Favorite Tipple
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 Irish cream.
Chili and Orange Zest
Wake up your senses with a chili-orange hot cocoa. Add a pinch of chili powder, cayenne and orange zest to your favorite packaged hot cocoa. Or you can make this recipe form scratch and garnish with an orange peel.
We know you keep a bag of the basic mallows on hand, but hot chocoalate is an excellent excusse to snatch a few bags of the flavored ones. Our editors love Smash Mallow flavored marshmallows. Try the mint, cookie dough or cinnamon churro flavors—all are great matches for cocoa.
If you’re a white chocolate fan, skip the cocoa in your go-to hot chocoalte recipe. Instead use white baking chips and a splash of vanilla extract. Bonus points if you coat the rim in more chocolate and pretty sprinkles!
Turn your hot chocolate into a mocha-like drink by adding coffee or espresso. Want an easy way to get that cocoa-coffee fix? Sub coffee for the hot water or milk with your powdered cocoa mix. That’s a hack directly from the Taste of Home break room!
Caramel, Butterscotch or Dulce de Leche
We love these sticky sweet toppings. You can add their sweetness and flavor to your favorite cocoa. Just stir in a spoonful into your favorite mix or homemade cocoa recipe.
No matter how frigid the temperature, the refreshing, delicious icy taste of peppermint 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.
Biscoff Cookie Spread
Get your hot cocoa and cookie fix all in one cup. Whisk in Biscoff creamy cookie spread until smooth. Pour into mugs; top with sweetened whipped cream and a Biscoff cookie.
Warm and cozy just met its match. Try maple hot chocolate alongside your favorite Saturday morning pancakes and syrup.
Is your packaged hot cocoa mix leaving a little to be desired? Add more flavor by stirring in a teaspoon or two of baking cocoa or even stirring in a little chocolate syrup. This will amp up the chocolatiness and make it the perfect vehicle for all those marshmallows.