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French Hot Chocolate

2 reviews

One of my fondest memories of Paris was sipping a cup of thick, dark hot chocolate at one of their patisseries. French hot chocolate is velvety smooth, rich, decadent and almost the consistency of a molten chocolate bar. It is meant to be sipped slowly and savored. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

Stovetop Hot Chocolate

1 review

My mom created this stovetop hot chocolate recipe to serve large groups of carolers and frozen sledders. I take it...


Warm-You-Up Hot Chocolate

This delicious, not-too-sweet hot chocolate was originally submitted by Kathy Young of Weatherford, Texas. It's richly flavored and delicately seasoned...


Peppermint Patty Hot Cocoa

A hint of cool mint makes this rich sipper a nice change of pace from traditional hot cocoa. Add a...


Mexican Cocoa

1 review

The entire family will enjoy this festive drink,” writes Patricia Nieh of Portola Valley, California. Cinnamon sticks give it a...

Spiced Hot Chocolate

When my family needs to warm up on a cold morning or evening, I head to the kitchen to make...


Zesty Hot Chocolate

Chili powder gives a subtle spiciness to this chocolate sipper that is sure to warm chilly guests from head to...

Minty Mocha

2 reviews

“I’ve had this recipe for 25 years and serve it during the holidays, especially Christmas brunch, but it’s great anytime...


Hot Malted Chocolate

3 reviews

There’s nothing better on a cold day than a steaming mug of rich hot chocolate. Malted milk powder adds a...


Crackling Hot Cocoa

1 review

This hot chocolate recipe is more than a warm-you-up—it's rich and thick decadence in a mug. —Cyndi Nistico, Palm Island,...


Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

1 review

Are you in the Christmas spirit yet? If not, this special cocoa will do the trick. It’s like drinking a...

Pumpkin-Spiced Hot Chocolate

As soon as there is a hint of fall in the air, I think of pumpkins and my mother. She...


Hot Cocoa with Almond Milk

1 review

Change up ordinary hot cocoa by stirring some dark baking cocoa into vanilla almond milk. Top it off with a...


Winter’s Warmth Hot Chocolate

1 review

I discovered this recipe as a newlywed when I was looking for something to warm us up during the season's...


Honey-Bourbon Hot Chocolate

My husband and I like to enjoy this grown-up version of hot chocolate on a cold winter evening. It's even...


Cocoa for a Crowd

Cocoa for a Crowd comes from Pat Monson of Stewartville, Minnesota. "On a winter day, this cocoa really hits the...

Rich Hot Chocolate

1 review

Each winter in early February my friends and I gather for an outdoor show called Mittenfest. We skip the Bloody...


Dutch Hot Chocolate

2 reviews

When my grandchildren come over, they like to snack on cookies and mugs of this hot chocolate. It has a...


Peppermint Hot Chocolate

2 reviews

More than a hint of cool mint makes this delicious sipper a special switch from traditional hot chocolate. Besides the...


Favorite Hot Chocolate

7 reviews

You need just a few basic ingredients to stir up this spirit-warming sipper. The comforting beverage is smooth and not...


Chocolate Coffee

A rich whipped chocolate mixture from our Test Kitchen is used to flavor coffee and to make hot chocolate. Set...


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Homemade Hot Cocoa

20 reviews

This homemade hot chocolate recipe will make people think you fussed but it is so simple. —Hershey Food Corporation, Cheryl...


Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

1 review

Vanilla beans and a hazelnut liqueur like Frangelico lend a sophisticated flavor to this hot chocolate. With such rich taste,...


Holiday Peppermint Mocha

Make spirits bright with a minty mocha to share under the mistletoe or around the piano. I’ve also stirred in...

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Favorite Mint Hot Chocolate

This is one of my husband's favorite winter drinks. I love the minty, chocolaty recipe because it's like Christmas in...


Christmas Cocoa

3 reviews

“A sprinkling of crushed candy cane lends a festive touch to this creamy hot cocoa…or place a chocolate mint candy...


White Hot Chocolate

4 reviews

Debbi Smith of Crossett, Arkansas says her creamy drink is smooth and soothing with a hint of spice.


Vanilla Almond Hot Cocoa

17 reviews

Treat your family to this comforting, homemade cocoa as you decorate the tree or open holiday gifts. Vanilla and almond...


Hot Cocoa for a Crowd

This is a simple, delicious and comforting hot cocoa with a hint of cinnamon. It has just the right amount...


Dulce de Leche Hot Chocolate Pods

1 review

Who doesn't love a steamy mug of hot chocolate on a snowy day? Now you can give friends, neighbors, co-workers...