7 Deliciously Brilliant Hot Chocolate Hacks

Upgrade your cocoa from "good" to "whoa."

As the days get shorter and the temperature drops, nothing quite hits the spot like a mug of hot cocoa. There’s nothing wrong with keeping it simple, but there’s a whole world of hot chocolate hacks that can really amp up the goodness! Try these ways to put a new spin on an old standby.

courtesy of Chocolate Covered Katie

1. Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
There’s a reason Reese’s cups are so popular: Peanut butter and chocolate is a match made in heaven. Add some mini marshmallows to make this cup even more perfect.

Get the recipe at The Messy Baker Blog.

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courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

2. Aztec Hot Chocolate
If you’re the type of person who likes a little spice with your sweetness, Aztec hot chocolate will thrill your taste buds. Cayenne and dark chocolate keep the drink from being cloying while still delivering on the flavor front.

Get the recipe at A Beautiful Mess.

 

courtesy of How Sweet It Is

3. Toasted Marshmallow Cream Hot Chocolate
Not only do you get a mouthwatering treat, but you also get an Instagram-worthy outcome. If you’ve got the time, go for torched marshmallow frosting for an extra-pretty result that also happens to be undeniably tasty.

Get the recipe at How Sweet It Is.

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courtesy of Brown Eyed Baker

4. Spiked White Hot Chocolate with Crushed Candy Canes
Get in the holiday spirit with this quintessential pairing. Whipped cream vodka turns it into a 21+ beverage but can easily be left out if you want to keep it PG-13.

Get the recipe at Brown Eyed Baker.
 

courtesy of In Sonnet’s Kitchen

5. Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
This list wouldn’t be complete without a pumpkin option, would it? This health-ified version is sugar-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free but still manages to look pretty tempting.

Get the recipe at In Sonnet’s Kitchen.

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courtesy of Minimalist Baker

6. S’mores Hot Chocolate
What do you get when you mix marshmallows, crushed graham crackers, and cocoa powder? You drooling on your screen at this cocoa concoction, of course.

Get the recipe at Minimalist Baker.

 

courtesy of Cocorrina

7. Chai Hot Chocolate
There’s something so autumnal about a vanilla chai spice blend. Swap your tea for liquid cocoa, and enjoy (preferably in front of a roaring fire).

Get the recipe at Cocorrina.

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