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Delicious, hearty recipes and warm cups of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows are synonymous with winter. And while there are fun ways to make your winter staple recipes taste bold and new, hot chocolate is traditionally the same drink with the same flavors. But it doesn't have to be. From cups topped with colorful sprinkles and icing to a frozen, spicy blend, here are hot chocolate recipes to help you mix it up during the holidays and beyond.
This peppermint bark hot chocolate recipe melds two of the best parts of the season: delicious cocktails and sweet hot chocolate. The crushed peppermints add an extra touch of sweetness, and a dollop of whipped cream brings the boozy creation together.
There are plenty of delicious slow cooker recipes, but this hot chocolate recipe might top the list. Cinnamon and nutmeg add a nice, subtle kick, and the red wine makes this drink the perfect addition to any holiday potluck.
Chances are you've probably had delicious hot chocolate in your lifetime. But you haven't had the world's best hot chocolate. This fun recipe is a sweet dream thanks to the chocolate chips, mini marshmallows and whipped cream loaded on top.
You can whip up this sweet hot chocolate recipe with fewer than five ingredients. The chocolate and vanilla swirl give you the best of both worlds, and a pinch of ground cinnamon takes the flavor to the next level.
This red velvet hot chocolate might sound like a tricky dessert recipe, but it'll only take 10 minutes and a few ingredients to make. A few teaspoons of red food color give the traditional drink its red velvet hue. Flex your cooking skills with homemade whipped cream.
Sure, white chocolate might not actually be chocolate, but it tastes just as good, especially in this hot chocolate recipe. A sprinkle of toasted coconut flakes and a touch of coconut extract transform the classic drink into a festive concoction you'll want year-round.
If you're in a rush and craving hot chocolate, try this easy Instant Pot recipe for a delicious drink in a flash. You'll need only four ingredients — milk, sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla extract — and if you want to sweeten it up, add some marshmallows on top.
This unicorn hot chocolate is a fun recipe you can make at home with your children or when you're simply craving a decadent dessert. Unlike traditional hot chocolates, this drink is bursting with color and topped with rainbow marshmallows, pastel sprinkles and blue icing.
Whether you live in a warm-weather destination or you just want a break from warm drinks, this frozen Mexican hot chocolate recipe will cool you down. A dab of cinnamon and cayenne pepper gives the specialty drink a nice kick, but it's the slushy dark chocolate that truly shines.
Candy canes are one of the most popular holiday candies in America, so this drink is full of spirit. The chocolate-dipped peppermint candy is the cherry on top of an already delicious recipe.
When you combine one of the top seasonal flavors with one of the most popular seasonal drinks, what do you get? This pumpkin pie spiced hot chocolate recipe. If you're feeling brave, try making pumpkin spice on your own.
You'll feel like you're visiting Harry Potter's magical world after one sip of this butterbeer hot chocolate. This sweet drink melds butterscotch and hot chocolate and tops it off with a swirl of whipped cream and butterscotch sauce drizzle.
Embrace your inner child with the ultimate childhood dessert: frozen hot chocolate popsicles. This recipe is a fun, cool spin on a traditional hot drink, and mini marshmallows add another pop of flavor.
This Mexican hot chocolate recipe is the perfect gift for any hot chocolate lover in your life and a great way to master your DIY skills. Simply prepare the hot chocolate powder in a food processor and package it.
Instead of sipping your favorite hot chocolate drink, eat a chocolatey, gooey rendition of the treat. This delicious cookie recipe will quickly become a family favorite thanks to loads of chocolate and marshmallows.
When you need some "me time," this single-serve peppermint hot chocolate recipe is the answer. Peppermint extract takes the comforting, creamy drink to the next level, and whipped cream and shaved chocolate are the perfect sweet toppings.
Level up your classic cereal with hot cocoa. This hot cocoa muddy buddies recipe is the perfect treat when you need a sweet snack to munch on or when you want to serve a light snack at a party. For more delicious spins on classic drinks, try making one of the best cocktails for the holiday season.
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