These easy homemade hot chocolate recipes are creamy, rich, and oh-so-indulgent.
They’re just what you need to warm up after a long, cold winter’s day.
Hot chocolate is the ultimate comforting drink that’s suitable for all ages.
That said, I’ve got a few boozy drinks here you’ll need to keep away from the kids!
But with or without the booze, these dreamy hot chocolate recipes are super chocolatey, extra comforting, and piled high with the most amazing toppings.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab a blanket and a book, and make some homemade hot cocoa tonight!
20 Easy Hot Cocoa Recipes To Keep You Warm This Winter
1. Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate
This Ghirardelli hot chocolate is so luscious, you’ll crave it all year!
One sip of this decadent drink is all you need to warm up from the inside out. Trust me, you’ll be feeling all warm and fuzzy in no time.
You’ll use a combo of Ghirardelli cocoa powder and real Ghirardelli chocolate, so it’s as velvety and chocolatey as can be. Yum!
2. Homemade Hot Chocolate
Spend your December cuddled up with a mug of this homemade hot chocolate, and you won’t want to leave the house again!
This recipe uses both cocoa powder and chocolate chips to get as much flavor into every sip as possible.
It’s chocolate heaven, for sure!
Top your mug of cocoa with a big dollop of freshly whipped cream and a heavy sprinkle of chopped dark chocolate. Wow!
3. Baileys Hot Chocolate
Make your hot cocoa extra special with a little spike of booze.
This Baileys hot chocolate is bound to become your new favorite holiday drink.
Now there’s two ways to make this hot chocolate. The first uses milk and real chocolate for a delicious and creamy taste.
The second is the French style, and it’s oh-so thick and decadent.
No matter which one you choose, a little bit of Baileys Original Irish Cream adds the kick you need. It’s everything you need to beat the winter blues.
4. French Hot Chocolate
Chocoholics need to try this French hot chocolate. It’s so thick, decadent, and mouth-wateringly delicious – every sip is heaven.
Just be warned: French hot chocolate is not for the casual chocolate consumer. It’s for the chocolate obsessed.
This stuff is made with rich, dark European chocolate. So, it has a bittersweet taste that can be sweetened with fresh whipped cream.
Simply spoon it in until your heart’s content.
5. Hot Chocolate Bombs
Hosting a cozy night in? Serve up these hot chocolate bombs!
They’re like coffee bombs; only these chocolate shells are filled with hot chocolate mix and marshmallows
Pour steaming hot milk over the top and watch the chocolate melt away and the marshmallows disperse.
These fun bombs make great gifts and kid-friendly treats!
I like to add a mini bottle of Baileys for the grown-ups! (Tie it to the bag with the ribbon.)
6. Mexican Hot Chocolate
This Mexican hot chocolate is brimming with the most unique flavors.
To make this delicious treat, you’ll need Hersey’s unsweetened cocoa powder, cinnamon, chocolate syrup, and chili powder.
Yes, you read that right. Chili powder!
This spicy ingredient adds a little excitement to every sip.
7. Hot Chocolate Spanish Style
The texture of hot chocolate in Spain is thick, and they use high-quality chocolate to ensure every sip is sensational.
The secret to this thick and decadent Spanish hot chocolate is a pinch of cornstarch. Pretty neat, right?
Serve your chocolatey delight with fresh churros. It’s the perfect dip!
8. Frozen Hot Chocolate
Just because the sun’s out doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy hot chocolate. So, this frozen hot chocolate is for all my friends Down Under!
To make this delicious, cooling drink, all you need to do is pour some milk, ice, and hot cocoa mix into a blender and, well, blend!
Top with whipped cream, and enjoy.
9. Crock Pot Hot Chocolate
Crock Pots aren’t just for slow-cooking stews, you know! You can also use them to whip the most amazing Crock Pot hot chocolate.
Rich, creamy, and delicious, this hot chocolate is so worth the cooking time.
Simply pour the ingredients into a Crock Pot and leave it to simmer away for two hours.
Once all the chocolate chips have melted, give it a stir and serve it up with your favorite toppings.
It’s a great way to get into the Christmas spirit – and it’ll make your house smell incredible!
10. Stovetop Hot Cocoa
You’ll need just five minutes and five ingredients to make this simple stovetop hot cocoa.
Mix milk with hot water, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, and salt, then let it simmer.
Once all the ingredients have dissolved, and it’s bubbling away, it’s ready to go. This is the perfect recipe for instantly satisfying that hot cocoa craving!
11. El Submarino – Argentinian Hot Chocolate Drink
Kids will love making this fun Argentinian hot chocolate drink.
Chocolate bar pieces are broken up and sunk in hot milk – just like a submarine!
Simply stir, stir, and stir to melt the chocolate into the milk, and there you have it – a delicious hot chocolate.
12. Liquid Gold Tahini Hot Chocolate
This tahini hot chocolate is pure liquid gold. That added nutty flavor really makes this simple drink shine.
If you love hot chocolate to be as thick as can be, you’ll quickly become obsessed with this tahini hot chocolate.
13. Kahlua Hot Chocolate
Who said hot chocolate was just for kids? This adult’s only Kahlua hot chocolate begs to differ!
A simple splash of Kahlua is all it takes.
Don’t forget to top your mug off with marshmallows and salted caramel!
14. 5-Minute Vegan Hot Cocoa
Even if you only have five minutes to spare, you can still make delicious vegan hot chocolate.
You only need four ingredients to make this creamy perfection. And yes, it’s totally dairy-free.
If you want to take it up a notch, add a drop of peppermint extract. It’s great for the holidays!
15. Keto Hot Chocolate
You don’t have to miss out on all your favorite treats just because you’re on a diet.
And this keto hot chocolate is proof!
The trick is to whip up your very own hot chocolate powder, as the pre-made packs are usually loaded with sugar.
So, add unsweetened milk powder, cocoa, vanilla bean powder, salt, and a sugar-free sweetener to a bowl.
Give it a whisk until everything is well incorporated, and boom! You made a keto-friendly hot cocoa mix.
Stir it up with hot water and milk, and enjoy.
16. Unicorn Hot Chocolate
If you’ve got kids that are all about rainbows, unicorns, glitter, and sprinkles, you need to make this hot cocoa.
Their hearts will just explode when they see it!
Of course, it’s also ideal for your most sparkly friends.
17. Chocolate Hot Buttered Rum
Now the kids are sorted, it’s time for the adults!
This chocolate hot buttered rum is perfect for winter evenings. One sip, and you’ll want nothing more than a fire and a blanket.
18. Malted Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
With this malted homemade hot chocolate mix recipe on hand, you’ll never have to buy pre-made mix again.
The malt flavor takes this chocolate sensation to the next level.
This is also a fantastic gift idea. After all, what’s better than a gift you can devour?
19. Red Velvet Hot Chocolate
Red velvet cake fans will go nuts for this red velvet hot chocolate!
This hot drink really does taste like a slice of cake, thanks to the cream cheese whipped cream.
Its bright red color makes it perfect for holiday parties, too!
20. Whipped Hot Chocolate
Hot or cold, this whipped hot chocolate is a delightful holiday treat.
Whip hot cocoa mix and powdered sugar with heavy whipping cream. Then, spoon it over hot or cold milk.
To make this extra special, add a small amount of peppermint extract. It really takes it up a notch!
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