15 Best Hot Cocoa Recipes for Winter Evenings

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If you need a little boost of energy and a warm cup of drink this wintertime, then a hot cocoa will just do the trick! With that said, here are the 15 best hot cocoa recipes to warm you up!

15. Sugar Free Hot Chocolate Mix

My Three-Ingredient Instant Sugar-Free Hot Chocolate Mix takes a family favorite and makes it healthier. With a batch of this on hand, even the kids can make their own keto hot chocolate.

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14. Vegan Hot Chocolate

This Vegan Hot Chocolate is rich and creamy, easy to make and super comforting!

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13. Crockpot Hot Chocolate

Crockpot Hot Chocolate is made with heavy cream, milk, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate, cocoa powder, and vanilla for the perfect hot drink for holiday parties and gatherings.

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12. BEST Mint Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Recipe (Hot Cocoa)

For me, the holiday season isn’t complete without some homemade hot chocolate. Every winter, I make this Mint Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate recipe for the whole family to enjoy. We love it for the holiday season.

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11. Christina’s Thick Italian Style Hot Chocolate

Christina’s Thick Italian Style Hot Chocolate is a copycat recipe of the thick hot chocolates one can order in Italy’s bars. It’s a perfect winter beverage!

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10. Gingerbread Hot Cocoa (dairy-free, refined sugar-free)

It’s not even Winter, yet, it’s freeeeezing! You can put on 7 layers of clothing or just make this gingerbread hot cocoa. It’s a healthy version of hot chocolate with a more festive flavor. Ready in 5-7 minutes, perfect for Christmas (kids and adults alike).

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9. Spiked Hot Cocoa w/ Cinnamon (Dairy Free)

Rich, creamy, chocolatey, and a with a little kick to get you through the holiday season, this Spiked Hot Cocoa is sipping perfection! Load it up with dairy free whipped topping and dark chocolate shavings for an indulgent treat.

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8. Swiss Miss S’mores Hot Cocoa recipe

Hot cocoa weather is here! Check out a delicious Swiss Miss S’mores Hot Cocoa recipe that will warm the body during these cold winter months.

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7. How to Make Hot Chocolate for “The Polar Express” Movie Night

Every holiday season, we sit down as a family on Christmas Eve and watch the family friendly movie, The Polar Express. There’s a popular scene in the movie when children are riding along in the Polar Express when all of a sudden, characters break out into song and dance and deliver hot chocolate to the children.

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6. Italian Hot Chocolate – Thick and Decadent

There’s no hot chocolate quite like Italian hot chocolate, it’s thick, smooth, creamy and so indulgent. If you’re looking for something chocolatey, hot and comforting to curl up on the couch with then this is the very thing for you!

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5. Frothy Golden Milk Hot Chocolate :: Dairy-Free Option

Frothy Golden Milk Hot Chocolate is the perfect cozy drink for colder months. This nourishing drink has all of the goodness of immune-boosting Golden Milk plus the creamy, chocolaty sweetness of the old-time classic hot chocolate.

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4. Spanish Hot Chocolate (Chocolate a la Taza)

Thick and creamy, chocolate a la taza, or Spanish hot chocolate, isn’t just your ordinary hot chocolate. Its thicker consistency is perfect for dunking churros or sweetbreads, or for eating with a spoon.

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3. Peppermint White Hot Chocolate Recipe (Dairy Free Option)

This Peppermint White Hot Chocolate Recipe came about years ago when I was totally addicted to Starbucks (like seriously addicted — I’d go at least once a day, sometimes twice). One of my favorite drinks that they made was their Peppermint White Hot Chocolate — so rich, creamy, sweet, and decadent.

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2. Homemade Hazelnut Vanilla Hot Cocoa

Hot cocoa or Hot Chocolate? Regardless of what you call it this comforting drink has been enjoyed by generations around the world. Originating in South America, chocolate itself was first consumed by the Mayan, and Aztec cultures who ground cocoa beans with various other ingredients, (such as chili, cornmeal, and vanilla) to create a bitter and spicy beverage which could be consumed either hot or cold.

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1. Vegan Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate has always been one of my go to drinks whenever the temperature drops! This vegan hot chocolate is my favorite kind of hot chocolate, creamy, not too liquid and not too sweet.

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