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3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Hot Chocolate Game

One of the most popular and nostalgic drinks of all time during the winter months is hot chocolate.  Here are 3 unique ways to enjoy this classic beverage in a new way.  We’d also love to hear about your hot chocolate creations and what you think of these.  Enjoy!

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Spiced Hot Chocolate

If you’ve never tried a spiced hot chocolate, then what better time could there be then the colder, fall and winter seasons? A spiced hot chocolate is pleasurable while remaining classic enough to have been a part of your family traditions for generations.

All you need to make this amazing and delicious drink is to take 1 cup of whole milk, 2 tablespoons of high-end cocoa powder, ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg, a small pinch of cayenne, ¼ teaspoon of vanilla, and ⅛ cup of water.  Warm over low heat while mixing all of the ingredients together.  Once it’s smooth, pour into a mug and enjoy.

Vegan Hot Chocolate

What should you do if you’re trying to avoid dairy products? Do you have to give up on ever having hot chocolate again? Fortunately, the answer is “heck no!” Here are some simple steps to make a healthy, vegan hot chocolate for the holidays.

For this very simple recipe, all you need is a cup, some semi-sweet, non-dairy chocolate, a cup of almond milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, and a sweetener like sugar or a sugar replacement. Stevia works great to replace sugar if you want something a bit lower in carbs.

Of course, you can choose to make your non-dairy hot chocolate as simple or as intricate as you would like by simply adding more ingredients. These could include mint, or spearmint leaves, cinnamon, and other spices, but one of the most highly recommended flavors that you can add is vanilla. Vanilla is widely believed to have the ability to magnify the flavor in dark and semisweet chocolates, so give it a go and see how it tastes!

Generally, you can use a microwave for this, but if you want the flavor to pop out the best, you might want to consider simmering the ingredients in a small pot or pan that can sufficiently hold the contents. This will help the ingredients to blend more completely due to the actual heat, as well as the added benefit of being able to stir or whisk the ingredients while they are heated. Once the liquid becomes smooth looking in appearance, you can pour it into a cup. At this time you can add the herbs to steep and absorb the flavor.

If you really want to go the extra mile, you can find some whipped coconut cream as an alternative to marshmallows or milk. This wonderful frothy cream will give your hot chocolate the texture that makes it feel just as festive and a part of tradition as any other drink you might see in a mid-century painting.  😉

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Spiced Chocolate Eggnog

So, technically it’s not hot chocolate, but close enough. LOL  This eggnog puts a new spin on the classic eggnog by adding finely grated or melted chocolate to the mix. It should be chilled after the chocolate is added along with some ground vanilla beans and cinnamon. When the kids smell this, they’re definitely going to come running to try some, so you might want to set some aside before you add the alcohol.  😉  You can choose from a range of liquors, but cognac and brandy are usually the most complimentary.  Cheers!

Enjoy!  XO, Chrissy

 

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