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Holiday Spice Hot Chocolate

This Holiday Spice Hot Chocolate is the perfect way to warm your belly this holiday season! A classic Hot Chocolate Recipe is sprinkled with holiday spices for a unique and tasty version of the classic. 

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Christmas Spice Hot Chocolate

Confession… I am not a chocolate fan. That being said, I have a nine year old that is the polar opposite. 

He. Loves. Chocolate. 

If he had to categorize his love for things it would go: #1 Chocolate – #2 Legos – #3 mom. I am determined to make my way to the number two spot this year. I have decided the best way to his heart is through his stomach! Enter:

I wanted to have a rich chocolate flavor but also the added bonus of some Christmas spices. This recipe is all of those things.

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I cannot even begin to explain to you how amazing this cup of homemade hot chocolate is. It has got a rich chocolaty flavor that is complimented by a small dash of salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Like many of my recipes, it is extremely easy to make and whips up in under 10 minutes (five if you have made it before).

Holiday Spice Hot Chocolate Ingredients:

  • Cocoa Powder- Cocoa powder is unsweetened chocolate. THIS is where you get that deep rich flavor we all know and love. 
  • Granulated Sugar- Because the cocoa powder is unsweetened, we use sugar to give this hot chocolate a perfect sweet finish.
  • Cinnamon and Nutmeg- To acheive that holiday flavor profile I combined cinnamon and nutmeg. My house smelled INCREDIBLE and it added the perfect amount of spice to the drink.
  • Salt- Salt is used to help enhance the flavors of added spices and chocolate. Don’t skip this!
  • Water- Regular ol’ H2O.
  • Milk- I always suggest using whole milk when making hot chocolate. It adds to the creamy texture giving you a perfect finish. However, you could also use a lower fat with equally delicious results.
  • Vanilla Extract- Always use pure vanilla, not imitation.

Each ingredient should already be a staple in your pantry. For a special treat try making a batch to-go and heading out on a little Christmas Light drive. Warming your belly while you enjoy the festive sights is a wonderful tradition that we look forward to every single year.

glass of hot chocolate on white counter with toy christmas trees surrounding

How to make hot chocolate from scratch:

  1. Whisk together your cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg in a medium saucepan. Add your water and stir until fully incorporated. Bring to a boil.
  2. Whisk in the milk and cook until just warm. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Divide between 4 glasses.
  3. Top with whipped cream or marshmallows.
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Top with marshmallows, whipped cream, or serve as is. Make sure you adjust the sugar according to taste. We felt this amount was perfect. You could even do with a touch less if we are not looking to overly indulge.

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Christmas Cocoa

Christmas Cocoa

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Holiday Spice Hot Chocolate is the perfect way to warm your belly this holiday season! A classic Hot Chocolate Recipe is sprinkled with holiday spices for a unique and tasty version of the classic. 

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • whipped cream or marshmallows, optional

Instructions

  1. Whisk together your cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg in a medium saucepan. Add your water and stir until fully incorporated. Bring to a boil.
  2. Whisk in the milk and cook until just warm. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Divide between 4 glasses.
  3. Top with whipped cream or marshmallows.

Notes

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Yield: 4 servings

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 262Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 163mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 2gSugar: 26gProtein: 10g
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Maria @ kitchenathoskins

Friday 25th of November 2016

Warming hot cocoa with cinnamon and nutmeg! Love the addition of spices and perfect pictures

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