6 Ways You can Make Boring Old Hot Chocolate Better

Break out the mugs and make hot coco. This old-timey drink gets jazzed up in the most unexpected but brilliant ways! Go wild with these recipes and surprise your family with a new concoction every now and then.

Candy Cane Hot Chocolate

Get into the spirit of Christmas even if it’s not even December yet. This deliciously minty and candy-filled cup from Her Campus is going to be a huge hit!

You’ll need:
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup half-and-half
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
4 tablespoons crushed candy canes or 1/4 tablespoon peppermint extract

Here’s how you make it:
Combine the milk and half-and-half in a saucepan, and boil the mixture over medium heat.
Remove from the heat, and pour in the semisweet chocolate and crushed candy canes or peppermint extract.
Add more crushed candy cane for garnish or serve with whipped cream.

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

When you love peanut butter so much, it only makes sense to put some of it into your drink, right? Startcooking.com came up with this ingenious recipe that will absolutely put a smile on anyone’s face.

You’ll need:
1 tablespoon peanut butter
regular hot coco

Here’s how you make it:
Create your usual hot coco recipe.
Stir in the peanut butter.
Serve while it’s hot.

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

Someone who clearly adores red velvet cakes designed this sinfully indulgent creation. This concoction from She Knows takes Southern sweetness into a whole new level.

You’ll need:
For the vanilla sugar whipped cream:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons vanilla sugar or table sugar with a drop of vanilla extract
For the hot coco:
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
1/2 teaspoon red gel no taste food coloring
whipping cream
vanilla sugar

Here’s how you make it:
To make the whipped cream, pour heavy cream and vanilla sugar in a cold metal bowl. Beat them together until they’re soft.
In a saucepan, combine the milk, chocolate morsels and food coloring, and let them simmer until all the morsels are melted.
Remove from the heat, and serve with the whipped cream.

Cookies and Cream Hot Chocolate

Hot coco, like pastries is a rich playground for foodies who just love to break boundaries. The Recipe Critic’s delicious hot coco creation may not have won them a Nobel Prize, but they sure made something that we never even thought of.

You’ll need:
2 cups milk or 1 cup milk and 1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup hot chocolate powder
Oreo cookies
whipping cream

Here’s how you do it:
Pour milk into a saucepan, and place it over medium low heat. Don’t bring it to a boil.
Add the hot chocolate powder, and stir.
Grind 4 to 5 Oreo cookies in a food processor; and dump them into the hot chocolate.
Remove from the heat, and serve with whipped cream and with more crushed Oreos on top.

Banana Hot Chocolate

Bananas are a good source of calcium. If you want a cup of hot coco that’s on the healthier side, then Chowhound has you covered. This rich and fruity warm drink makes an excellent morning caffeine free pick-me-up.

You’ll need:
1 medium banana, about 2 1/2 ounces
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
5 ounces milk chocolate, coarsely chopped

Here’s how you do it:
Combine the banana, milk and cream in a blender. Blend on high until its smooth.
Strain the banana-milk mixture into a saucepan, and place it over medium heat for 4 minutes.
Put in the milk chocolate.
Stir or whisk until the chocolate is completely melted.
Remove from the heat, and serve immediately.

Lavender Hot Chocolate

Soothe your tired soul after a long day at work with this wonderful treat from Une-deuxsenses. It incorporates the scent and flavor of a beloved therapeutic flower that’s been keeping us relaxed for decades.

You’ll need:
For the whipped cream:
1/2 cup cold heavy whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or seeds from 1/4 of a vanilla bean pod
1/2 tablespoon sugar
For the hot coco:
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup half-and-half
2 cups whole milk
3 ounces dark chocolate (70% cacao)
1 ounce milk chocolate
1/4 teaspoon lavender buds

Here’s how you do it:
In a cold bowl, pour in the whipping cream, vanilla and sugar. Beat them together until stiff peaks form.
In a saucepan, combine the milk and lavender over medium heat. Occasionally whisk the mixture until it simmers.
Strain the lavender out, and return the milk to the saucepan in the same heat setting.
Add the chocolate, and stir until it’s completely melted.
Whisk the hot chocolate for 10 to 20 seconds or until its frothy
Serve with whipped cream on top.

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