The weather in Ohio has been less than stellar and definitely not very “Christmas-y” for the last month: clouds and just warm enough to get rain instead of snow. I’m still pretending though by sitting in front of the fireplace with hot chocolate. It’s still Winter after all! Rather than stick to simple cocoa mix and marshmallows, I’ve been trying out new things (I blame Pinterest.) and experiencing totally different Winter drinks. Here’s some of my favorites so far including a vegan option and boozy treat.
(Don’t forget to pin this for later so you can enjoy them all season too!)
White Fudge Oreo Hot Cocoa– This is soooo good, but because it used a limited-edition version of Oreos I had to modify it a bit. I used two regular Oreo cookies along with a tablespoon of this homemade white fudge sauce. Serve it with two more cookies stuck in the top for dipping.
Coconut Tres Leches Hot Chocolate– Let’s preface this with me admitting that I really don’t like coconut and my husband loves it, but both of us can agree on this one. This is absolutely best with the optional toppings and I put a little caramel sauce drizzled over it for good measure.
Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate– This is like a drinkable Reese’s peanut butter cup. Do I really need any other description but that? If you want to make a nice display of it, use a heated spoon (run it under hot water) to put a groove in the bottom of mini Reese’s and stick it on the side of the cup.
Vegan Chai Hot Chocolate– I have a chai hot chocolate that I’m a huge fan of and this tastes so similar, but it’s so much cheaper. You can make your own version of the chai spice (provided in the recipe) to customize it even further. This uses almond milk in place of the usual dairy to make it vegan-friendly.
Black Cherry Bourbon Hot Chocolate– I’ve been putting Jack Daniels in my apple cider for Fall, so now it’s Jim Beam in my hot chocolate. This recipe combines black cherry bourbon with Ghirardelli hot cocoa mix for a nice nighttime treat. (If you can’t get the right type of Jim Beam near you, ReserveBar carries it online.)
Do you have a favorite hot chocolate recipe? Feel free to tell me about it in the comments.