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30 Best Hot Chocolate Recipes

Contemplating  America’s Favorite Winter Beverage


If you love hot chocolate and drink a lot of it, variety is the spice of life.  Here are  30 ways to add oomph to your elixir. But first, some background notes:

After you’ve made your basic cup, what can you do with it? Follow these ideas, and you can have a different hot chocolate experience almost every day of the month.

Richer Hot Chocolate Recipes  

Half & Half

Regardless of what the recipe calls for, use milk instead of water—and use whole milk. If you’re on a lowfat diet and need to use fat-free milk, buy the ultrapasteurized version: it tastes like 2% milk but doesn’t have the added fat.


Half and half photo courtesy Organic Valley.


Super-Rich Hot Chocolate

If you want super-rich hot chocolate, don’t use half and half—it’s too heavy. The secret is to add a teaspoon or more of sweet butter to each cup before you pour in the hot chocolate. The butter turns average cocoa into a really good cup, and great cocoa or hot chocolate into a memorable experience.

Cabot Butter
Photo courtesy of Cabot Creamery.

Quickie Deluxe Hot Chocolate

Those luxury hot chocolates that can cost $25 a box or tin are simply chopped up bits of fine chocolate bars. You can chop up your own bar and combine one ounce (3 tablespoons) of chopped chocolate with one ounce of whole milk in a mug. Microwave for 30 seconds, and stir thoroughly. Add another six ounces of milk, stir, and heat for another 60 seconds. You can use any chocolate: dark, milk or white. Flavored bars work, too; or add a dash of cinnamon, anise, nutmeg and chili powder for “Aztec” hot chocolate. You can use chocolate morsels, but the key is: the finer the chocolate, the more delicious the drink. For a richer beverage, you don’t need to use cream: the secret is to add a teaspoon of sweet butter to the milk before you heat it. Note: don’t make this with 2% or fat-free milk: the purpose is to enjoy a sumptuous beverage. If you’re cutting back, the fat-free single-serve commercial cocoas like Nestle and Swiss Miss are best.

Photo courtesy of La Chocolate | Australia.

Ice Cream Hot Chocolate Float

Add ice cream to your cup of hot chocolate. Here’s a recipe for from Reddi-Wip; if you don’t want the coffee flavor, just substitute 3/4 cup hot chocolate.

Ingredients Per Drink


A “hot chocolate float:” just add ice cream and whipped cream. Photo courtesy Reddi-Wip.

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