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20 Best Hot Chocolate Recipes to Warm Up With This Winter

Stay warm this season with these ultra-cozy hot chocolate recipes.

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Rich Hot Chocolate

Try this rich hot chocolate in various flavour combinations like pumpkin-spiced and chocolate-orange for a different take on this classic winter beverage. Read on for more of our best hot chocolate recipes.

Get the recipe for Rich Hot Chocolate.

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Dulce de Leche Hot Chocolate Pods

“Who doesn’t love a steamy mug of hot chocolate on a snowy day? Now you can give friends, neighbours, co-workers or anyone who deserves a treat the pleasure of this indulgent drink with these giftable hot chocolate pods.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Get the recipe for Dulce de Leche Hot Chocolate Pods.

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Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

“Vanilla beans and a hazelnut liqueur like Frangelico lend a sophisticated flavour to this hot chocolate. With such rich taste, it could be served as a dessert.” —Michael Compean, Fountain Hills, Arizona

Get the recipe for Hazelnut Hot Chocolate.

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Pumpkin-Spiced Hot Chocolate

“As soon as there is a hint of fall in the air, I think of pumpkins and my mother. She served pumpkin pie with real hot chocolate. This recipe brings those two amazing scents, and her, back to life for me. To turn your hot chocolate into creamy pumpkin mocha, stir 2 teaspoons of instant coffee into the hot chocolate before adding whipped cream. It’s a great way to warm up after some chilly trick-or-treating!” —J. Morand, Maitland, Ontario

Get the recipe for Pumpkin-Spiced Hot Chocolate.

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Crackling Hot Cocoa

“This hot chocolate recipe is more than a warm-you-up—it’s rich and thick decadence in a mug.” —Cyndi Nistico, Palm Island, Florida

Get the recipe for Crackling Hot Cocoa.

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Honey-Bourbon Hot Chocolate

“My husband and I like to enjoy this grown-up version of hot chocolate on a cold winter evening. It’s even better made with honey-flavoured bourbon if you can find that in your local store.” —Andrea Harvath, Duncannon, Pennsylvania

Get the recipe for Honey-Bourbon Hot Chocolate.

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Cozy Hot Chocolate

“Steaming mugs of these smooth beverages are a nice anytime treat with my husband, Ken.”—Marie Hattrup, Sonoma, California

Get the recipe for Cozy Hot Chocolate.

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Hot Cocoa with Almond Milk

“Change up ordinary hot cocoa by stirring some dark baking
cocoa into vanilla almond milk. Top it off with berry marshmallow creme or a plain large marshmallow, if you like, and add your favourite pretty sprinkles.” —Cindy Reams, Philipsburg, PA

Get the recipe for Hot Cocoa with Almond Milk.