6 Irresistible Hot Chocolate Versions To Try Before Winter Ends

Winter is the perfect time to cosy up with blankets and enjoy some delicious comfort food. It's the perfect moment to savour a rich and velvety mug of the most beloved beverage, hot chocolate. Simple to make, it not only keeps you warm and nourished but also tastes delicious. Whether it's a festive holiday or a simple desire for something sweet and comforting, this drink is sure to please all. 

This delicious creation is crafted with milk, sugar, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, and chocolate shavings as the main ingredients. It is then topped with a variety of items including marshmallows, chocolate chips, candy cane, and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Whipped cream plays a crucial role in this winter beverage, offering an indulgent and creamy texture. 

So, if you also want to whisk a warm cup of hot chocolate for yourself, here are 6 variations to try 

Kahlua Hot Chocolate 

Even on the coldest day of the season, this unique take on hot chocolate made with cinnamon, nutmeg, salted caramel, and Kahlua will keep you toasty. The drink is perfect for those cosy winter gatherings. 


2 cups milk 

2 tablespoons sugar 

1 ½ tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 

¼ teaspoon cinnamon 

Pinch of nutmeg 

1-ounce Kahlúa coffee liqueur 

Mini marshmallows, for serving 

Salted caramel, for serving 

Chocolate syrup, for serving 


In a saucepan, combine milk, sugar, cocoa, cinnamon and nutmeg over medium heat until heated through, about 2-3 minutes. 

Remove from heat and stir in Kahlúa. Serve immediately with a garnishing of mini marshmallows, salted caramel and chocolate syrup. 

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate 

If you adore sweets, you're going to love this double dose of taste. Simple to make, this solid peanut butter and chocolate treat is delicious. On cold days, nothing beats a mug of peanut butter hot chocolate for its velvety smoothness.   


1-1/2 cups whole milk 

1/2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels 

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter 

Whipped cream, for topping 

Chocolate sauce, for topping 

Peanut butter sauce, for topping 


Add milk, chocolate morsels, and peanut butter to a blender and process on high for 4-5 minutes until the mixture is hot and frothy. 

Pour hot chocolate into 2 mugs. Top with the mentioned ingredients and enjoy. 

Spiced Orange Hot Chocolate 

Adding spicy orange and fragrant spices to rich cocoa makes Spiced Orange Hot Chocolate, a delicious treat that will tantalise your taste buds and make you feel like it's the festive season. This rich drink is sure to become a comforting choice for everyone. It's perfect for cosy nights by the fireplace or as a treat at winter parties. 


2 cups milk (dairy or non-dairy) 

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 

1/4 cup granulated sugar (adjust to taste) 

Zest of 1 orange 

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 

Pinch of ground cloves 

Pinch of salt 

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Whipped cream, for topping (optional) 

Orange peel curls, for garnish (optional) 


In a small saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until it begins to simmer. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt until well combined. 

Once the milk is simmering, gradually whisk in the cocoa powder mixture, stirring continuously to prevent lumps from forming. 

Continue to cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the hot chocolate is smooth and thickened to your desired consistency, about 5 minutes. 

Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. 

Pour the spiced orange hot chocolate into mugs and top with whipped cream, if desired. 

Garnish with orange peel curls for an extra burst of citrus aroma and flavour. 

Serve hot and enjoy the comforting warmth of Spiced Orange Hot Chocolate on a chilly day. 

Classic Hot Chocolate 

The classic recipe for hot chocolate calls for common household items like milk, sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract. To enhance its flavour and texture, it is garnished with whipped cream and marshmallows.  


1/4 cup granulated sugar 

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 

4 cups whole milk 

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate 

½ tsp vanilla extract 


In a saucepan, whisk together the sugar and cocoa. Add milk, chocolate chips, and vanilla and whisk well. 

Place over medium heat and bring it to a boil while stirring continuously. Set aside to cool to your desired temperature and serve with your favourite toppings. 

White Hot Chocolate 

Why go for the traditional dark brown drink when you can create a gorgeous white-hot chocolate for your loved ones. Made with finely chopped white chocolate and pink gel food colouring, it is so tempting that no one can resist taking a sip. 


4 can. whole milk 

12 oz. white chocolate, finely chopped 

1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 

1/8 tsp. kosher salt 

Pink gel food colouring 


Combine milk, chocolate, vanilla, and salt in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking from time to time, until mixture is hot and smooth for about 6 to 8 minutes. 

Add a few drops of food coloring to frosting and stir twice to create a swirl pattern then carefully transfer to a piping bag. Pipe on top of hot chocolate in mugs. 

Spiked Gingerbread Hot Chocolate 

If you're looking to spice up your usual hot chocolate, try making some gingerbread syrup at home. Its unusual flavour and comforting aroma will be amplified when paired with a mug of hot chocolate. 


1 cup milk 

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 

2 tablespoons cacao powder 

1 teaspoon blackstrap molasses 

1 teaspoon cinnamon 

1/2 teaspoon ginger powder 

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 

Pinch of ground cloves 

Honey or maple syrup to taste 


Whipped coconut cream 

Cacao beans 

Cocoa Powder or dark chocolate for dusting 


In a saucepan, heat the milk with vanilla extract. Add cocoa powder, molasses, and spices. 

Cook over medium heat, stirring from time to time until cocoa is dissolved completely. Cook for a few minutes, just until the mixture is steaming and is warmed thoroughly. 

Add maple syrup or honey. Remove from heat and fill into mugs. Top with whipped coconut cream, and dust it with cocoa powder, dark chocolate and serve.