Chocolate of the Day: Variations on Hot Chocolate

I love hot chocolate, whether it’s from a packet, homemade with cocoa powder, or purchased at a coffee shop. But I got to wondering, is there more to hot chocolate than powder and milk? After the jump, some easy ways to dress up your hot chocolate.

Hot chocolate types: Cheap mix in a packet, higher quality mix, chocolate chips, cocoa powder
Hot chocolate types: Cheap mix in a packet, higher quality mix, chocolate chips, cocoa powder
Stuff you can put in hot chocolate
Stuff you can put in hot chocolate: Rose Water, Orange Blossom Water, cinnamon sticks, cinnamon, orange zest, vanilla, almond flavoring, tequila (or rum), chili powder, cardamom, pepper, honey, peanut butter, turbinado sugar.

A variety of recipes follow, some made with instant hot chocolate, some made on the stove. I hope this inspires you to experiment with your hot chocolate!

Orange Hot Chocolate (instant hot chocolate mix)

Ingredients

  • 1 packet hot chocolate mix
  • Water or milk for hot chocolate mix
  • 1/4 tsp orange zest (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp orange blossom water (or to taste)
Orange Hot Chocolate: instant hot chocolate, orange blossom water, orange zest
Orange Hot Chocolate: instant hot chocolate, orange blossom water, orange zest

1. Mix hot chocolate mix according to directions on box/packet

2. Stir in orange zest and orange blossom water. I added them when I added the mix to the water.

3. Enjoy! I think this one would especially benefit from whipped cream, but I didn’t have any.

Tequila Hot Chocolate (instant hot chocolate mix)

Ingredients

  • 1 packet hot chocolate mix
  • Water or milk for hot chocolate mix
  • 2 ounces tequila per mug (or more or less to taste)

1. Mix hot chocolate mix according to directions on box/packet

2. Stir in tequila.

3. Enjoy! This combo was way more delicious than I ever could have imagined.

Tequila hot chocolate: hot chocolate mix, tequila
Tequila hot chocolate: hot chocolate mix, tequila

Chai Hot Chocolate (made on the stove with cocoa powder)

This recipe makes 3 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 cup cocoa powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 teaspoons chai mix*
  • 1/6 cup hot water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/8 teaspoon vanilla (I used 1/2 because I really like vanilla)

*I used Badshah Kamal Tea Masala, which is a mix of ginger, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves. You could use a different mix, add the spices individually, or include a tea bag in with the other ingredients (take it out before serving!).

Chai hot chocolate: vanilla, cocoa powder, sugar, chai mix
Chai hot chocolate: vanilla, cocoa powder, sugar, chai mix

1. Mix sugar, cocoa, salt, spices, and mix.

Chai hot chocolate mix: sugar, cocoa, chai, salt
Chai hot chocolate mix: sugar, cocoa, chai, salt

2. Add water. If using a tea bag, include here.

3. Cook over medium heat until it boils. Boil for two minutes. Whisk occasionally.

Chai hot chocolate boiling away. Make sure to whisk!
Chai hot chocolate boiling away. Make sure to whisk!

4. Add milk. Heat but do not boil.

5. Remove from heat and add vanilla.

6. Enjoy! This one was so good, I wish I’d started drinking chai hot chocolate sooner.

Chai hot chocolate and Badshah Kamal Tea Masala
Chai hot chocolate and Badshah Kamal Tea Masala. There was a cinnamon stick in the glass, but it was too short and slipped to the bottom.

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate (made on the stove with chocolate chips)

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 2-3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 32 ounces milk (4 cups)
Chocolate chips and peanut butter
Chocolate chips and peanut butter

1. Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter over medium heat. Stir occasionally.

Melting chocolate and pb. Make sure to stir!
Melting chocolate and PB. Make sure to stir!

2. Add  milk. Whisk ingredients together.  Whisking is really important.

This is what it looked like when I only stirred the chocolate chips, PB, and milk. Not too appetizing.
This is what it looked like when I only stirred the chocolate chips, PB, and milk. Not too appetizing.
This is what it looked like when I whisked the chocolate chips, PB, and milk. Much better.
This is what it looked like when I whisked the chocolate chips, PB, and milk. Much better.

3. Simmer until blended.

4. Enjoy!

Peanut butter hot chocolate. Yum.
Peanut butter hot chocolate. Yum.

Coconut Hot Chocolate (made in the slow cooker with chocolate chips)

This is a good recipe for a crowd. This recipe makes 2-4 servings, but easy to double.

Ingredients

  • 13 ounces (1 can) of coconut milk
  • 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ounces chopped chocolate or more to taste (I used semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 1/16 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1/16 teaspoon salt
Coconut hot chocolate: vanilla, cocoa powder, cocnut milk, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, salt
Coconut hot chocolate: vanilla, cocoa powder, cocnut milk, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, salt

1. Combine ingredients in slow cooker. Stir.

Coconut hot chocolate ingredients in the slow cooker.
Coconut hot chocolate ingredients in the slow cooker.

2. Cook on low for 2 hours.

3. Whisk every 15 minutes. Whisking is really important; it didn’t incorporate well when I just stirred with a spoon.

Coconut hot chocolate after about 45 minutes
Coconut hot chocolate after about 45 minutes

4. Enjoy! This one was so good (in large part because of the sweetened condensed milk).

Coconut hot chocolate after 2 hours
Coconut hot chocolate after 2 hours
Coconut hot chocolate in a mug
Coconut hot chocolate in a mug

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7 thoughts on “Chocolate of the Day: Variations on Hot Chocolate”

  1. What is the reason that everyone loves PB and chocolate? I love PB and I love Chocolate but I cannot stand the two of them together. It seems like in the last few years there’s been this explosion of recipes that have involved PB and chocolate.

    My favourite hot chocolate is one I used to make with a relatively cheap drinking chocolate and a bit of sugar, then using a milk frother and delicious. I miss having frothy milk though so I don’t make much Hot Chocolate anymore.

    1. I don’t know, when done right, the combo is magical. But it’s totally cool if you don’t like chocolate and PB together.

      I’ve never hard hot chocolate with frothy milk and was surprised to see it in so many recipes when I was researching this article.

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