The tree is up. The stockings are hung. Christmas music is playing softly in the background, and maybe there's even snow falling outside your home. It's the holiday season, and what holiday season wouldn't be complete without steaming hot chocolate?
Today I'm sharing my favorite hot chocolate recipes. From decadent to flavorful to rich and indulgent, hot chocolate warms your insides when the bitter cold sets in your bones. Get the fire roaring in the fireplace, and whip up a batch of one of these delicious hot chocolate recipes.
Polar Express Hot Chocolate
There is one, and only one, hot chocolate we make when we settle in to watch The Polar Express, and this is the one. Made with milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream, this hot chocolate is smooth and decadent. Tuck in on a chilly night and curl up with a mug of this hot chocolate for a marathon of Christmas classics.
Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
When you want both a change from typical hot chocolate but something reliably tasty and comforting, make this recipe. This time of year I crave peppermint hot chocolate. This recipe switches it up a bit by making it white hot chocolate. Yum!
I love anything spicy! Do I put jalapeños on just about anything? Yep! So, when it comes to hot chocolate, I like a little kick every now and again. Mexican hot chocolate delivers up a little spice in every sip with the addition of chili powder. When combined with cinnamon and just a pinch of nutmeg, it's the perfect amount of spice.
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
I love anything salted caramel and hot chocolate is no exception. This Starbucks copycat recipe has an incredible likeness to the original and is a much more cost-effective option than buying a cup everyday.
Orange Hot Chocolate
When I was young, my dad would take us to a Christmas party held by one of the organizations to which he belonged. Santa would hand out big oranges and large Hershey's chocolate bars. I loved to peel the orange and break off a chunk of chocolate and eat them together. This hot chocolate takes me back to those days. I love the combination of orange and chocolate, and this smooth, rich concoction is a delicious way to enjoy both.
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