Hot chocolate makes a festive drink in the winter, and especially at Christmas. Our kids love it (at least mine do) and if you need a break from the coffee, the chocolate will boost your spirit. It is a nice change during the drab days of cold winter.
I find my son goes outside, runs around in the cold, comes in and swears he needs hot chocolate! The game was up when I noticed he kept going outside, running around randomly, then coming in swearing he was freezing! This is his excuse for needing hot chocolate.
Makes me laugh and give in, of course!
So, let us just assume that we all add marshmallows or whipped cream, but we just want to jazz our cup of chocolate up a bit. I love the marshmallow snowman idea! You can find some examples here.
12 Ways to make your hot chocolate delicious
You can make your own hot chocolate from scratch if you want, or simply use pre-made. Either way, you can add some of these little extras to liven up your cup of hot chocolate. Add a few Christmas cookies on the side and you have a nice treat for everyone!
Drop a candy cane in a cup of hot chocolate, or pick up a few candy canes or a bag of hard peppermint candies and mash them in a Ziploc. Crush them with a mallet or other hard object, then add a spoonful or two to your hot cocoa.
Add a spoonful of chocolate chips to your cup of hot chocolate to make it super chocolaty.
Peppermint essential oil
This is a healthier alternative to the peppermint candies. Just add a drop of food-grade or pharmaceutical peppermint oil to your cup—this means you can ingest the peppermint oil safely.
Use a pastry duster to add a dash or chocolate powder to my cup of cocoa. It looks pretty on top of whipped cream!
Again, using a duster adds a nice touch of cinnamon to your cup of hot chocolate. Mix it with a bit of cocoa powder and get a double charge to your drink! Get creative and make some special designs on top!
Drizzle some chocolate syrup on top of your whipped cream or marshmallows. You can make your own homemade chocolate syrup by melting some coconut oil, honey or agave syrup and chocolate powder. That is pure health!
This is totally unhealthy, but heh, it’s the holidays, right? Pick up some cookie sprinkles or sugar and let the kids pick a color or two to add to their hot cocoa.
Orange essential oil
Put just a few drops of food-grade essential oil to your cup of hot chocolate for a nice orange chocolate flavor.
Vanilla extract in your hot chocolate? Absolutely! Add a teaspoon or so to your pot of hot chocolate for some delicious vanilla chocolate flavoring.
Oh. My. Gosh. This is completely delicious. The kids will jump in line for this hot chocolate flavor booster.
Peanut butter (or other nut butter)
Any nut butter flavor should suffice for this flavor. Add it to the large pot of hot chocolate and allow it to completely melt for a dreamy nut butter chocolate cup.
Caramel sauce and a sprinkle of sea salt
Pick up a jar of caramel sauce in the ice cream section of the store. Notice it is completely unhealthy, but delicious. Add a spoonful to your hot chocolate for a caramel chocolate drink. Add a sprinkle of sea salt to give a nice sweet and salty taste.
You can easily make your own pumpkin pie spice to sprinkle on top of your hot chocolate cup. This goes well from Thanksgiving all the way to Christmas.
Dress up your cup of hot cocoa for the Christmas and winter season! It is a nice inexpensive way to spend a cozy evening at home with your family, sitting by the fire, playing games or watching movies.