9 Weird and Wonderful Variations on Hot Chocolate

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Classics are great, but experimenting is encouraged
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Whether you’re just snuggling up by the fireplace, looking for an appropriate winter pick-me-up, or hosting a holiday gathering, hot chocolate is a sweet way to warm up inside and out. No wonder it’s one of the most iconic beverages of the season. But why not kick it up a notch? Naturally, such a quintessential beverage has spurred many variations. 

Hot chocolate just got turned up to 11

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Whether you’re just snuggling up by the fireplace, looking for an appropriate winter pick-me-up, or hosting a holiday gathering, hot chocolate is a sweet way to warm up inside and out. No wonder it’s one of the most iconic beverages of the season. But why not kick it up a notch? Naturally, such a quintessential beverage has spurred many variations. 

Chai-Spiced Hot Chocolate

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If you are a fan of creamy and spicy chai, then this hot chocolate is right up your alley. 

Chocolate Abuelita (Mexican Hot Chocolate)

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What goes better with heat than a little bit of spice? The addition of chili powder and cinnamon in this recipe adds an extra kick to every cup.

Frozen Hot Chocolate

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Does it sound oxymoronic? Yes! Is it weird and wonderful? Absolutely! And don’t forget delicious, refreshing, and delightful. This recipe is classic, but with a chilly twist.

Maple Bacon Hot Chocolate

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Inspired by the L.A.-based Coolhaus  this hot chocolate is brought to the next level, and then some, by adding not just one amazing ingredient (maple), but bacon, too! 

Max Brenner Hot Chocolate

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Max Brenner is all about chocolate, and his hot chocolate is literally a liquefied version of his favorite ingredient. The end result is rich, fragrant, and delicious, of course!

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

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Peanut butter and chocolate is a match made in heaven, and are even better together in liquid form.

The Salty Hot Chocolate Float

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It’s no secret that that salt (especially sea salt) pairs extremely well with chocolate… sometimes dangerously so. While adding a pinch to your classic hot cocoa recipe can add something special, this float uses salt to achieve a level of decadence and deliciousness we’ll bet you’ve never experienced in a cup of hot chocolate. 

Spiked Hot Chocolate (Tequila)

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Do you want to kick the warming power of hot chocolate up a notch? Look no further than this recipe that uses tequila to add a little extra something cozy. 

Sucré Hot White Chocolate Lavender

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Who says hot chocolate needs to be of the traditional brown variety? This white hot chocolate includes lavender, which adds a hypnotic fragrance.