So the new trend for having hot cocoa night is a sugary “charcuterie” board? I let my boys pick what other yummy creation we should have with our cookie making night and they found this! Of course Martha would find a way to making even hot cocoa more exciting! Not only making a nice spread of extras to add to the hot cocoa but also 15 hacks to make your cocoa even better:
Frozen Hot Chocolate Milkshakes
Allow your hot chocolate to cool to room temperature, then pour it evenly into an ice cube tray and place in the freezer to make hot chocolate ice cubes. Once solid, drop the cocoa cubes into a blender, adding an extra splash of milk (or ice cream) and chocolate. Whirl until creamy. Serve with a straw and add a chocolate sprinkle topping.
Broiled Marshmallow Hot Chocolate
Fill an oven-safe mug with hot chocolate and a generous amount of marshmallows. Place the mug under your oven’s broiler. Leave the oven door open so you can make sure to avoid burning the marshmallows and watch as they toast and start to melt (this will happen quickly). Once they’re a nice golden brown, remove the mug from the oven with oven mitts.
Mocha Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
Add 2 ounces espresso plus an extra sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon to each mug of hot chocolate before serving.
Pumpkin White Chocolate
Add 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips to the hot chocolate mixture and stir until all ingredients have dissolved and the mixture is thick and evenly combined.
Hot Chocolate Eggnog
Stir your hot chocolate recipe with equal parts warmed eggnog for the ultimate hot holiday dessert drink.
Red Velvet Hot Chocolate
Replace the semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips in the master recipe with white chocolate chips, then add 2 ounces cream cheese, a splash of heavy cream, and 4 drops of red food coloring.
Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate
Add two pods of star anise, 10 cracked cardamom pods, 2 cinnamon sticks, ¼ teaspoon allspice, 1 teaspoon grated ginger, 6 ounces of strong black tea, and 3 tablespoons of dark brown sugar to the master recipe. Simmer gently without letting the mixture come to a boil, then use a fine mesh sieve to strain the spice solids out before serving.
Mint Chocolate Affogato
Drop a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream in a small bowl, then pour hot chocolate over the ice cream and finish with a whipped cream topping.
Spicy Hot Chocolate
Add ½ teaspoon ancho chile powder, 2 broken cinnamon sticks, 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract to master recipe and simmer gently 10 minutes. Discard cinnamon sticks. To kick it up a notch, add an ounce of reposado tequila to each mug.
Peanut Butter Marshmallow Hot Chocolate
Stir a tablespoon of peanut butter into each mug of hot chocolate until dissolved, then top with a scoop of marshmallow fluff or marshmallows.
Salted Almond Hot Chocolate
Add an ounce of Amaretto liqueur and a pinch of sea salt to each mug. Stir and serve.
Hot Chocolate Floats
Add a scoop of your favorite flavor of ice cream into your mug of hot chocolate and finish with a drizzle of chocolate syrup and whipped cream.
Nutella Hot Chocolate
Stir a spoonful of Nutella into each mug of hot chocolate until melted.
Candy Cane Hot Chocolate
Coat the inner and outer rim of an empty mug with marshmallow fluff, then dip it into crushed candy canes before filling with hot chocolate and adding a candy cane garnish.
Stout Hot Chocolate
Warm a stout beer (such as Guinness) in a small saucepan, then add 2 ounces to each mug before topping with a splash of heavy cream.