Having a mug of thick, hot chocolate on cold weather is one of the best things in life. While regular packaged chocolate powder can do the trick, nothing beats homemade hot chocolate recipes.
You can experiment with various ingredients and flavors, and even make the healthier versions.
Try these 20 chocolate recipes and make your day special.
Hot Chocolate with Coconut Milk Powder
This recipe is a vegan twist of homemade hot chocolate. You make it with coconut milk powder and unsweetened chocolate. You can use a sugar substitute for the sweetener, such as stevia or monk fruit sweetener. Use almond milk to concoct a warm, vegan, delicious drink.
Slow-cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Do you have a slow cooker? Use it to make a delightful and thick peppermint hot chocolate. Double the chocolate by using chopped semisweet chocolate and dark chocolate powder. Half a teaspoon of peppermint extract is enough for four cups of milk.
Creamy and Thick Slow-cooker Chocolate
Another slow-cooker recipe, this one creates a super thick and creamy hot chocolate. You can use semisweet dark chocolate and cocoa powder to create a noticeable flavor. The recipe uses corn flour to create a thicker consistency.
Chocolate and Coffee Drink
Mix your favorite coffee and chocolate in a glass of indulgent drink. Brew any coffee you like and place a glass with chocolate powder underneath the spout. Add warm milk and stir evenly. Put any toppings you like, from whipped cream to chocolate shaves.
Vegan Chaga Chocolate
Chaga mushrooms are popular among health enthusiasts as antioxidant sources. You can mix it with chocolate to create a healthy vegan drink. Brew the mushrooms first and blend the “tea” with coconut milk, chocolate powder, coconut oil, cinnamon powder, and maple syrup.
Italian Hot Chocolate
Italian hot chocolate is the more indulgent version of simple hot cocoa. The recipe uses high-quality chocolate, corn flour, and organic cocoa powder to get the thick texture. Using 70% dark chocolate prevents the pale brown color and "watery" flavor.
Halloween “Bloody” Chocolate
This recipe works best in a clear glass mug because of the blood effect. The recipe is simple, with chocolate chips and evaporated milk as the main ingredients. Add cayenne, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg for the autumnal flavor. Create a blood drip effect around the rim of the glass with red edible gel.
Gingerbread-flavored Hot Chocolate
Welcome winter with this gingerbread-flavored hot chocolate, perfect for relaxing at home during the coldest day. Use cashew or soymilk to make this drink vegan-friendly. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, molasses, and ginger powder add the distinctive flavor to the drink.
Instant Pot Chocolate with Nutella
Making a hot chocolate drink from regular cocoa mix often results in a thin beverage. This hot chocolate mix recipe uses Instant Pot to make a thick drink. Add maple syrup and Nutella to create a richer flavor profile. Don’t stir the chocolate and let the pot cooks it with high pressure.
Simple Chocolate Drink with Butterscotch
Upgrade a simple cacao powder drink with butterscotch chips. These popular snacks give nutty, nostalgic flavor to your chocolate. Mix the butterscotch chips into the milk and heat it on the stove. Pour the cacao powder and whisk the ingredients until they mix properly.
Cinnamon Chocolate with Almond Milk Liquor
Add a little kick to your chocolate by adding cinnamon and liquor. Almond milk liquor and coconut milk give this chocolate drink more "adult" flavor. Use unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate for a more prominent chocolate flavor.
Vanilla and Hazelnut Cocoa Drink
Vanilla and hazelnut are a cozy combination for a hot cocoa drink. Even with just Dutch cocoa powder, you can make this drink fancier by adding crushed toasted hazelnuts. The result is a slightly thick and nutty chocolate drink, ideal for kids and adults.
Frozen “Hot Chocolate” Drink
This cold drink recipe takes the prominent flavor and thick texture of hot chocolate. You must use the mixture of chocolate chips and cocoa mix powder to get the best flavor. The result is a thick drink, but not quite the same as a milkshake.
Hot Chocolate “Shot” with Bailey Chocolate Liquor
This decadent drink combines the thick chocolate drink with Baileys Chocolat Luxe, a combination of Irish cream liquor and chocolate. The drink is so thick, dark, and boozy, you should drink it from an espresso cup.
Creamy Chocolate with Peanut Butter
This hot chocolate is thick and creamy, thanks to dark chocolate shaves and peanut butter. The recipe uses vegan ingredients such as coconut milk, almond milk, and natural creamy peanut butter. Use bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, unless you want to reduce the sugar intake (in that case, use bitter dark chocolate and coconut sugar).
Peppermint Chocolate with Mocha and Irish Cream
This peppermint hot chocolate gets an extra spike from Irish cream liquor. The bittersweet chocolate and mocha creamer create a delightful combination. Use whole, full-fat milk to create a thick drink. Add marshmallows, crushed peppermint candies, and whipped cream as delicious toppings.
“Strawberry and Cream” White Hot Chocolate
Put a twist in your hot chocolate drink by using white chocolate. This white-hot chocolate emulates the flavors of strawberry and cream. Make the drink with white chocolate chips, heavy cream, and whole milk. The strawberry part comes from mixing strawberry gelatin into whipped cream.
Spiked Hot Chocolate with Nutella
Combine the best things from “adult” favorites in this hot chocolate. Nutella, Frangelico, and Kahlua are the main ingredients in this beverage (no chocolate bars or powder needed). Garnish the drink with warm Nutella, caramel or chocolate syrup, or marshmallows.
Italian Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon
Italian hot chocolate is famous for its thickness, almost like a pudding. The flavor is bittersweet, with a dash of cinnamon. You can use semisweet chocolate instead of bittersweet for a little extra sweetness. Serve the drink with whipped cream, cinnamon powder, and chocolate shaves.
Crockpot Chai Hot Chocolate
Crockpot chai chocolate combines chai tea, various spices, and chocolate chips into an amazing beverage. Add spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger to make an invigorating beverage. Garnish with chocolate syrup and marshmallows.
Hot chocolate recipes give you decadent yet easy homemade beverages. Try them on a cold day instead of mixing hot water with instant cocoa powder.