It is hot chocolate season and we are sharing our BEST hot chocolate recipes with you! In fact, just yesterday, we had our first snowfall of the season. And as any parent knows, when your kids see the first snow, they insist on playing in it! They come in cold, wet and wanting a hot drink, like hot chocolate. Now you can find your BEST hot chocolate recipe from the list below!
I remember those days and this is the pattern from my childhood too, so I know I am not alone in this pattern – first snow, followed by first snow play, followed by first cup of hot chocolate for the season!
The hard part yesterday was picking which hot chocolate recipe to make.
You see, we have shared several hot chocolate recipes over the years from themed, to classic, to white, to healthy. I always opt for my healthy one as my body doesn’t do too well with sugar, but my kids had a hard time picking from the rest of the best hot chocolate recipes.
So it reminded me that it would be fun to share all of the hot chocolate recipes that we have made and shared here over the years so that you can have a delicious hot chocolate season too.
Then, when your kids go out and play in the snow and you are looking for a solution, you have a few surprises up your sleeve and a treat for you too!
5 Best Hot Chocolate Recipes
#1 – Homemade Bulk Hot Cocoa Mix
The most popular hot chocolate recipe on our site is actually making the dry homemade bulk hot cocoa mix so when you are ready to make it, you just add hot water or milk and you have the perfect cup of hot chocolate fast!
This is our #1 go-to solution for a good cup of classic hot cocoa. Once you make the bulk mix, the effort is minimal to have a cup of hot cocoa in your hands fast!
>>>See the recipe for Homemade Bulk Hot Cocoa Mix <<<
#2 – Creamy Peppermint White Hot Chocolate Recipe
Next is making hot chocolate on a stove top or in a crockpot. We love making our Creamy Peppermint White Hot Chocolate this way. It only takes 10-minutes to make hot chocolate on the stove top and about 30 minutes to make hot chocolate in a crockpot. The hot chocolate in a crockpot method is perfect for parties because you can keep it on warm for a couple of hours and it will stay melted, hot, creamy and yummy the whole time!
#3 – Classic Hot Chocolate on stovetop or crockpot
Just a note that you can also make classic hot chocolate with peppermint with this same recipe and just use dark chocolate or milk chocolate chips instead. Either way, making a hot chocolate on the stovetop or crockpot is a nice way to make those super creamy hot chocolate.
>>>See the recipe for 10-Minute Stovetop Creamy Peppermint White Hot Chocolate <<<
#4 – Grinch Hot Cocoa, a.k.a. Mint Hot Chocolate
Now that we have covered dry bulk hot cocoa mix, white hot chocolate with peppermint and classic creamy hot chocolate, we want to share a fun themed hot chocolate that our kids love to have during the Christmas season. That is Grinch Hot Cocoa or in other words Mint Hot Chocolate.
We have a daughter that loves everything mint. Mint gum, mint ice cream, mint candies, chocolate mint, mint anything and everything. So this Grinch Hot Cocoa is her favorite because it is a mint hot chocolate. We ended up calling it “grinch” because we made it with green food coloring to distinguish between our white or peppermint hot chocolate and it totally looked like something the Grinch would drink.
>>>See the recipe for Grinch Hot Cocoa a.k.a. Mint Hot Chocolate <<<
If you want to make this for a party or gathering, one thing we do is to coat the cup in red sugar around the rim. We shared how to rim glasses with sugar or candy for an amazing drink presentation. So you will want to check out the article title Easy Trick with Sugar or Crushed Candy. It would actually be quite a yummy and unique presentation for any of your hot chocolate drinks. I have crushed candy canes and rimmed glasses for the peppermint white hot chocolate before. It is amazing.
Sorry for the delicious bunny trail. I just get excited when I start talking about hot chocolate, especially because I get to share my personal favorite hot chocolate for adults next!
#5 – Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Super Foods Hot Cocoa
This next recipe can really be for anyone, but I say adults because I have found that when I get older, my body cannot handle sugar well, so you may be in the same boat. The sugar adds a bunch of weight that I don’t want and can’t get rid of. I personally choose not to drink sugar and haven’t for years. Don’t think that I have all of the willpower in the world to resist sugar…I said I choose not to “drink” sugar. However, I still indulge in treats here and there, usually in the form of cookies, doughnuts, or brownies. 🙂
But I also love a good cup of hot chocolate too! So I created a recipe a few years ago for a healthy hot chocolate. It is not only healthy hot chocolate, it is actually a super foods hot chocolate. Many adults I have shared this with have fallen in love because they too also stopped drinking hot chocolate for the sugar and calories. But my kids also love this too, so although I let them have hot chocolate here and there, this is my winter daily go-to hot chocolate.
It is dairy-free and sugar-free and made with Cacao powder – the super foods healthy chocolate alternative.
So if you don’t like drinking sugar for the empty calories, then you will love this version. Enjoy hot chocolate, avoid the calories and reap the health benefits of cacao.
Would you have guessed that you would have come across an article on BEST hot chocolate recipes and leave with a super healthy excuse and reason to drink it regularly? That is some of my favorite content to find online. So enjoy!
>>>See the recipe for Dairy & Sugar Free Super Foods Hot Cocoa <<<
Ideas to Dress-Up Hot Chocolate
Finally, I want to end this post with sharing a couple of additional ideas on how to “dress up” your hot chocolate easily.
First, you can make white chocolate snowflake stirrers with just two simple ingredients. These are a fun and delicious way to dress up hot cocoa for a party, gathering, Christmas day, or even for a
rainy snowy day!
>>>See the recipe for Snowflake Stirrers <<<
The second dress-up idea is with regular chocolate – making chocolate designs! This is another super easy dress up that is frugal and beautiful! Stick these in the top of your cup of hot chocolate and they will melt for a fun, creamy addition!
>>>See the recipe for Easy Chocolate Designs <<<
In the end, we hope you can find just the right hot chocolate recipe for you and your family. When the hot chocolate bug strikes, you need a yummy solution.
Which hot chocolate recipe are you going to try first?
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