Winter is really settling in here in New York with cold temperatures, lots of wind and the occasional snow. One of my favorite ways to warm up from the cold is a nice, rich cup of hot chocolate. I use Rococo Chocolates Organic Drinking Chocolate when I am feeling very decadent but there are so many variations that make a plain old cup of Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa taste really great too! Today, January 31st, just so happens to be National Hot Chocolate Day. In celebration of this wonderful day, here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate – simply stir your mix your hot chocolate with a peppermint candy cane
Mocha Hot Chocolate – Instead of using water to make your hot chocolate, use coffee. This is one of is a go-to when I am feeling really tired!
Hot Chocolate Affogato – This is more of a dessert than a hot chocolate… put 2 scoops of your favorite ice cream in a mug and pour the hot chocolate right over the top. I recommend vanilla if you are a purist but if you’re not try something fun like Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food!
Elvis Presley Hot Chocolate – One of the king’s favorite sandwiches was Peanut Butter & Banana. Add these flavors to your hot chocolate by making a ‘smoothie’ In a blender combine 1 banana, ¼ cup peanut butter and 1 ½ cups hot chocolate. Be careful when blending hot liquids as there is the possibility for explosion.
Nutty Hot Chocolate – Instead of making your hot chocolate with regular milk or water, use almond milk. The flavor is rich and the taste is delicious.
What is your favorite variation on a classic hot chocolate?