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Christmas Hot Cocoa

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Christmas Hot Cocoa


Step up your hot cocoa game with these delicious upgrades

Nothing is more delicious than a warm mug full of hot cocoa. In honor of National Cocoa day, we found some delicious ways to update the winter drink. Marshmallows are delicious, but we think these tasty mix-ins will totally change the way you drink of hot cocoa. 

Peppermint Hot Cocoa
This hot cocoa tastes like Christmas. To achieve this delicious flavor, Good Housekeeping suggests: “Spreading marshmallow fluff on the rim of a mug and then dip the mug in crushed candy canes. Pour instant hot chocolate mix into the prepared mug, add water as directed and stir in 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract.” In each sip you’ll get the peppermint chocolate along with the creamy marshmallow we all love. 

Black Bottom Hot Cocoa 
If you’re a chocoholic, this hot cocoa is for you. This decadent warm drink has a creamy layer of chocolate fudge waiting below the warm chocolate drink. You can either let the layer of fudge melt as you sip or mix in the extra chocolate for a thicker hot cocoa.
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Red Velvet Hot Cocoa
Nothing is more festive than the bright red color of this red velvet hot cocoa from Une-Deux Senses. Instead of topping this warm drink with marshmallows, whip up some cream cheese, heavy cream and sugar to create a whipped cream cheese topping.
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Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa
The classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate come together in this hot cocoa recipe from One Sweet Mess. If you’re a fan of Reese’s cups, then look no further. This cocoa tastes like a cup of melted chocolate-peanut butter goodness. 
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Nutella Hot Cocoa
Two ingredients are the only thing you need to create this yummy version of hot cocoa. Simply melt Nutella in warm milk to get a nuttier version of the sweet winter treat. 

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Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Cocoa
Pumpkin spice is one of the best flavors of the season, and when you add chocolate and booze, it makes the perfect hot cocoa. Unlike other hot cocoas, this version uses white chocolate to give it a snow like appearance. The recipe from the Minimalist Baker calls for either Kahlua or bourbon, but we think bourbon is the better choice. 
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Raspberry Hot Cocoa
Raspberry and chocolate go hand in hand, so why not add raspberries to hot cocoa? Good Housekeeping recommends using raspberry jam to mix in the hot cocoa and then fresh raspberries to make a pretty garnish. 



Coconut Tres Leches Hot Cocoa
This tropical take on hot cocoa will warm you up during the cold winter months. The tres leches part of the recipe combines coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk and regular milk to form a base for the hot cocoa. Before serving, garnish the cocoa with chocolate shavings. 
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Bourbon- Pecan Hot Cocoa
Nothing is more Southern than bourbon and pecans, so we can’t believe we didn’t think of this before today. Thankfully, Good Housekeeping has a few tricks to add both of these ingredients into a cup of hot cocoa. According to Good Housekeeping, the way to make the perfect bourbon pecan hot cocoa is as follows: “Soak pecan halves in bourbon for 15 minutes. Drain, reserving bourbon and pecans separately. Spike 1 mug of prepared instant hot chocolate with the bourbon, then thread pecan halves on a skewer and use as garnish.”

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Rachel Taylor is a staff writer at Southern Kitchen. She moved to Atlanta earlier this year after graduating college in Maryland, and has been a digital audience specialist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Politically Georgia, as well as a freelance writer for publications such as USA Today and the Delmarva Daily Times on Maryland's Eastern Shore. She has lived in France and Italy, and loves to travel.