3 Hot Chocolate Recipes You'll Want to Try This Christmas

I love a good hot chocolate, especially around this time of year. Never mind the fact that it’s four days until Christmas and still sixty degrees here in North Texas. We just won’t talk about it.

Growing up, every year on Christmas Eve my family would curl up in the living room and watch A Muppet Christmas Carol while sipping on some hot chocolate and munching on some snacks. Ahh, the good ol’ days. It’s one of my fondest memories of Christmas time. So in light of the holiday season, I thought it was only fitting to share three of my favorite hot chocolate recipes with you. You know, spread a little Christmas cheer just in time for your Christmas Eve festivities.

All three of these recipes are extremely quick, simple, and family friendly. They are not, however, in any way healthy. - sorry, not sorry - The measurements provided are for one serving, but truth be told, they’re really more like guidelines. You can easily make your hot chocolates in larger batches for your family. Just grab your mugs and measure the amount of milk you’re going to need. All of the chocolate is measured based on your taste preference. To heat up your milk, use a small pot on the stove. And remember, always be sure to work on low heat so that your milk doesn’t burn!

What You’ll Need

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  • 1 Large Plain Milk or Dark Chocolate Bar

  • 1 Large White Chocolate Bar

  • 1 Large Orange Chocolate Bar (or Terry’s Chocolate Orange)

  • Peppermint Extract

  • Vanilla Extract

  • Strawberry Syrup or Powder

  • Toppings of Choice – Marshmallows, Whipped Cream, Peppermint Candies, etc.

    Chocolate Orange Hot Chocolate

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1 cup milk or milk alternative

Chocolate orange chocolate (Terry’s Chocolate Orange)

Plain dark or milk chocolate

I LOVE chocolate orange chocolate. Typically, I would use a Terry’s Chocolate Orange (because let’s be honest, they’re the best), but I sadly couldn’t get my hands on one for this post. So I went with a Lindt orange chocolate bar instead. This recipe is the closest to a traditional hot chocolate, but with just a touch of orange flavoring. If you like chocolate orange chocolate, this is a must try!  

White Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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1 cup milk or milk alternative

White chocolate

¼ - ½ Tsp. Peppermint Extract (depending on your taste preference)

1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

One of my all-time favorite drinks from Starbucks is their peppermint white hot chocolate. My mouth waters just thinking about it. Thankfully, this recipe makes it super easy to make one from home!

Strawberry Hot Chocolate

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1 cup milk or milk alternative

Strawberry syrup or powder

½ Tsp. Vanilla Extract

Out of the three recipes, this one is probably my favorite. But I’m also an absolute sucker for strawberry milk – cold or hot. And since there’s not actually any chocolate in this one, that’s pretty much all it is. *shoulder shrug* You can add vanilla or almond extract to this recipe (raise your hand if you’re as obsessed with almond flavoring as I am) or even substitute them for some white chocolate. Either way, so delicious! Not to sound cheesy or anything, but it’s basically a warm hug in a mug.

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These are just three of my favorite flavor combinations, but there are so many others you can try. I would love to hear your favorite hot chocolate recipes! Leave them in the comment section below so that I can give them a taste!

 

Praying you and your family have the happiest of Christmases!

xo. Rachel