Spoiler Alert: Chocolate lovers, unite! Heat your milk, grab your heavy cream or half and half. Grab your best cocoa powder, melted chocolate, or chocolate bars! We’re making real hot chocolate here! Drinking chocolate, sipping chocolate, and hot chocolate recipes to make you want to slobber just a bit… I’ve found some deliciously decadent drinking chocolates for you! There’s nothing quite like wrapping your chilled hands around a big mug of hot sipping or drinking chocolate! There’s no “chocolate flavored” anything here. It’s all the real deal – dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, name your chocolate!
The Magic of Cold Winter Weather Combined With Hot Decadent Chocolate
Winter is a time of year filled with magic and sparkle. The holidays are in full swing, bringing family and friends together. Now that the weather is cooling down, there’s nothing I love more than cozying up on the couch with the fams to watch some fantastic TV, have a movie night or a family game night.
And what goes best with all that?
Hot chocolate! But, is there a difference between hot chocolate, drinking chocolate, sipping chocolate, and hot cocoa? Yep, actually there is!
What Is Drinking Chocolate or Sipping Chocolate?
Technically speaking, hot cocoa and hot chocolate are two very different beverages. Hot cocoa comes from a powder, while hot chocolate is (technically speaking) what many call “drinking chocolate” or “sipping chocolate,” made from chopped bits of chocolate or small chocolate pellets that are melted slowly and painstakingly, then blended with milk, cream, or water.
Humans have been loving hot chocolate, in all its variations, for centuries!
As long ago as 500 B.C., the Mayan people were gathering, roasting, and grinding the fruits from cocoa pods, steeping the grindings in water, and mixing the drink with chili peppers before pouring it back and forth from a cup to a pot until a thick foam developed.
Here, I’ve pulled together some amazing sipping chocolate, hot chocolate, and drinking chocolate recipes. And I’ve found it all – from peppermint mocha to Mexican hot chocolate! If your looking to give your favorite warm beverage a new bit of zIp – you’ll find it here!
Valentine’s Hot Cocoa is a fun twist on your basic cocoa recipe. Instead of using milk chocolate, you use white chocolate chips and pink candy melts! This makes an all-pink drink that will make any heart melt with joy during these cold winter months ahead.
I'm not going to lie, this is seriously delicious cocoa! It's rich and decadent with just enough sweetness. The slight saltiness of it brings out all the flavors. This warm treat will make you feel like royalty!
Whipped hot chocolate is the ultimate indulgence. This sweet and creamy drink can be made warm or iced with just four ingredients! You don't have to wait for your favorite snow day to enjoy this drink, whip it up anytime!
Warm up this winter with this deliciously decadent Creamy Hot Chocolate Recipe! Just add water and a few more easy ingredients to enjoy the delightful chocolatey taste. This is the perfect easy beverage for a cold night.
This Slow Cooker Mint Hot Chocolate is the perfect winter warm-up! With its creamy and chocolatey goodness, you can enjoy a hot mug anytime. It will be comforting no matter how bad of weather we have outside in these chilly months.
This White Hot Chocolate is the perfect way to warm up on a cold day. It's easy and quick, with only four ingredients! Plus you can throw in any add-ins that your heart desires for an extra twist of flavor like peppermint sticks, cinnamon sticks, and more!
This Sugar Plum Hot Chocolate is the perfect beverage for your kid-friendly holiday party. There's nothing better than getting together with friends and family and celebrating with a delicious beverage!
Making hot chocolate just isn’t the same without marshmallows to top it off. So, this winter you can make your favorite drink more fun by adding some polar bear-shaped marshmallows for an extra special treat! The kids are sure going to love them!
Whether you're looking for a zesty Mexican twist on your favorite winter drink or crave something completely new, this recipe will be sure to satisfy you. The warm flavors of cinnamon and chili powder add an extra layer of spice that's hard to resist!
This crockpot white hot chocolate recipe is perfect to serve to a crowd at parties, holidays, and more. You can easily keep your creamy drink warm in your slow cooker so you can enjoy it all night long.
One of the best things to do during the fall and winter seasons is to make hot chocolate. It's a great way to warm up on those cool evenings! You can make this Crock Pot Hot Chocolate in advance and have it ready in no time.
This easy and perfect hot cocoa recipe is like having a warm hug in the form of delicious, minty goodness. This drink will have you feeling cozy and satisfied with its rich chocolate flavor that's complemented by just enough peppermint for your taste buds to enjoy!
If you love peppermint in your hot chocolate you are definitely going to enjoy this warm and tasty Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate recipe and it couldn't be easier to make!
There’s just something about cup of hot chocolate. If a drink could be a warm hug by the fire, drinking chocolate would be that warm hug.
Each of these recipes is perfect for warming up after a day in the snow or even just a cold, drizzly, rain. If you have a chill in your bones, drinking chocolate, or sipping chocolate, is a perfectly decadent treat to warm you up.
I bet you can even get those tweens and teens to pick a hot chocolate recipe and make a different drinking chocolate every night!
After reading these recipes, I hope that you and yours will delight in making one or more of these drinking chocolate or sipping chocolate recipes at home. Then – get cozy with your family and sip some warm deliciousness.
Here’s to staying warm and cozy this winter season!
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