What’s a girl to do when she (me) doesn’t like coffee? In the winter months, I turn to hot chocolate to warm me up. My favorite hot chocolate would have to be from Starbucks, however there are many recipes and fine hot chocolate mixes out there. I’m sharing with you today my top five recipes I’m planning to try this winter season.
Cookies and Cream Hot Chocolate
Author: The Red Apron Girl
- 1 cup milk
- 3 tbsp hot chocolate mix
- 3 tbsp sweet and condensed milk
- 5 oreo cookies crushed
- Heat milk and sweet and condensed milk for 90 seconds
- Add mix and crushed oreos
- Mix well and enjoy
French Hot Chocolate
Author: Well Plated by Erin
- In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, whisk together the whole milk, heavy cream, powdered sugar, and espresso powder until small bubbles appear around edges. Do not allow the mixture to boil.
- Remove from saucepan from heat and stir in the chopped chocolate until melted, returning the sauce to low heat if needed for the chocolate to melt completely. Serve warm, topped with lots of whipped cream.
Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
Author: Gimme Some Oven
- 4 cups of milk of your choice
- 8 oz. white chocolate, chopped into small pieces (or white chocolate chips)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (or more/less to taste)
- optional toppings: whipped cream, crushed peppermints, marshmallows
Stir the milk and chopped white chocolate together in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture comes to a simmer and the chocolate is melted. (Do not let it come to a boil or let the chocolate burn on the bottom.) Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and peppermint extract.
Serve warm, with optional toppings if desired.
Mint Hot Chocolate
Author: Happiness is Homemade
- 1 cup Nestle Toll House Mint DelightFulls
- 4 cups of skim milk
- Whipped cream for garnish
- Heat milk in a saucepan over low heat – DO NOT allow to boil!
- Add mint morsels and stir until melted and mixture is smooth.
- Remove from heat, carefully ladle into mugs, and garnish with coarsely chopped mint morsels and whipped cream if desired.
Caramel Hot Chocolate
Author: Cooking Classy
- 2 cups milk, preferably whole
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (I recommend Ghirardelli)*
- 1/2 cup caramel sauce, recipe link follows
- Sweetened whipped cream or vanilla marshmallows
- Grated chocolate for garnish, optional
- Caramel Sauce, recipe and step by step tutorial HERE (just leave the salt out if you don’t want salted)
- Prepare caramel sauce according to directions listed and allow to cool slightly. Heat milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once milk is warm, stir in chocolate chips and caramel, and cook whisking constantly until chocolate has melted. Allow to cool slightly and serve warm topped, topped with sweetened whipped cream or miniature marshmallows, drizzle each serving with 1 Tbsp caramel sauce and garnish with grated chocolate if desired.
- *For a richer hot chocolate, you can use up to 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips and mix in more caramel sauce as well if desired.
They all sound so good! I think I’m going to try the French Hot Chocolate recipe first! What is you favorite hot beverage in the winter?