Our 13 Best Hot Chocolate Recipes To Cozy Up With on a Cold Night

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You don't have to be a cocoa fanatic to crave a cup of hot chocolate during the cooler months. With fun and funky riffs on the traditional mug, our best hot chocolate recipes have something for every palate. But if chocolate is your favorite ingredient, you should check out our best chocolate desserts for chocolate lovers. Drop in a made-from-scratch marshmallow for a classic addition, or pair your cocoa with one of our other homemade candies as a garnish. Whether you're looking for a warm cinnamon-spiced drink, a matcha flavored hot cocoa or a boozy hot chocolate, we've got you covered with our best hot chocolate recipes.

Mint Hot Chocolate
Mint Hot Chocolate
Adding a mint tea bag is the perfect way to flavor hot chocolate. For a stronger mint flavor, steep the tea bag for longer, but you only need a couple minutes so the mint doesn't get too grassy. A couple fresh mint leaves don't hurt, either. Get the recipe for Mint Hot Chocolate »Matt Taylor-Gross
Matcha Hot Chocolate
Matcha
Fresh green matcha tones down the sweetness of hot chocolate for a delicately bittersweet brew. We like the mix of white chocolate chunks with cocoa powder as a balanced base for the matcha. For a more subtle matcha flavor, use 1/2 a teaspoon instead of 1 teaspoon. Get the recipe for Matcha Hot Chocolate »Matt Taylor-Gross
Spicy Hot Chocolate
Spicy Hot Chocolate
This mix goes way beyond the typical flavors with umami Chinese fermented black bean chile paste and chile powder for a spicy, savory hot cocoa that delivers a kick of heat to the back of your throat. This is one hot cocoa that doesn't taste like anything else you've ever tried. Get the recipe for Spicy Hot Chocolate »Matt Taylor-Gross
Thai-Spiced Hot Chocolate
Thai Spiced Hot Chocolate
Cardamom, cloves, and star anise replicate the sweeter flavors of a rich Thai curry. For this recipe, swap milk out for equal parts coconut milk and water—the coconut brings all the spices together. For a richer cocoa, omit the water and use 1 cup of coconut milk. Get the recipe for Thai-Spiced Hot Chocolate »Matt Taylor-Gross
Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
The classic, now made better. The warm verve of cinnamon and nutmeg scream "tis the season!" Get the recipe for Cinnamon Hot Chocolate »Matt Taylor-Gross
Coffee-Spiked Hot Chocolate
Coffee Spiked Hot Chocolate
Perfect for a hot cocoa pick-me-up. Instant coffee makes this an easy dry mix, but if you're making it for yourself at home, use half a cup of freshly brewed coffee with half a cup of milk instead. Get the recipe for Coffee-Spiked Hot Chocolate »Matt Taylor-Gross
Hazelnut White Hot Chocolate
Hazelnut White Hot Chocolate
White chocolate and Frangelico combine for a sweet, creamy drink that makes a perfect winter nightcap; all it needs as embellishment is a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg. Get the recipe for Hazelnut White Hot Chocolate »Helen Rosner
Hot White Chocolate with Cardamom
Hot White Chocolate with Cardamom
White chocolate is the perfect canvas for warm, winter spices such as cardamom and nutmeg. Get the recipe for Hot White Chocolate with Cardamom »Maxime Iattoni
Nutella Hot Chocolate with Hazelnut Liqueur
Nutella Hot Chocolate with Hazelnut Liqueur
Nutella stirred into hot chocolate lends a luxurious texture and great, chocolate-hazelnut flavor. For an extra dose of hazelnut, add a splash of Frangelico. Get the recipe for Nutella Hot Chocolate with Hazelnut Liqueur »Maxime Iattoni
Irish Hot Chocolate
Irish Hot Chocolate
Salted hot milk chocolate is enhanced with just a touch of Irish whiskey and a generous dollop of whipped cream. Get the recipe for Irish Hot Chocolate »Maxime Iattoni
Honeyed Hot Cocoa
Honeyed Hot Cocoa
Honey adds unique depth as a sweetener for hot cocoa, balanced by a pinch of salt. Get the recipe for Honeyed Hot Cocoa »Maxime Iattoni
Fluffernutter Hot Cocoa
Fluffernutter Hot Cocoa
The winning combination of marshmallow fluff, peanut butter, and chocolate makes an over the top cup of cocoa. Get the recipe for Fluffernutter Hot Cocoa »Maxime Iattoni
Bittersweet Hot Chocolate with Red Wine
Bittersweet Hot Chocolate with Red Wine
We love nibbling dark chocolate alongside a glass of red wine; the two flavors combined in a warming hot chocolate is an unexpected treat. Get the recipe for Bittersweet Hot Chocolate with Red Wine »Maxime Iattoni