Hot Chocolate, Reinvented

Hello, there. As the fog of January begins to seep in to the cracks and fissures of Seattle, I find myself yearning for cozy drinks. Now, you may ask, what deems a drink cozy? Well, dear reader, think about when you feel cozy. For me, it’s when I’m on the couch, in a warm sweater and some socks, with the fire going. What sort of drink would you like to have in a cozy situation? That is what makes a drink “cozy”! An all-time favorite cozy drink is hot chocolate. Today, I’m going to show you a few ways to switch up your hot chocolate.

Hot Chocolate Now, keep in mind, this isn’t the Swiss Miss, powder-with-water hot chocolate of your childhood. No, no, that won’t do for a nice cozy evening anymore.

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I have tried and tested many different variations on hot chocolate, but these are my absolute favorites!

The Standard

First, dear reader, we must start with a delicious basic chocolate, a bottom-line, dead simple drink you can make anytime- The Standard.

Ingredients

IMG_2202Trader Joe’s Sipping Chocolate (this is one of my favorite inexpensive chocolate mixes)

Milk

1. Follow the directions on the box of your hot chocolate mix, and adjust depending on how much you make

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The Peppermint

This is my favorite version around Christmastime. Peppermint & chocolate are a classic pair!

Ingredients

The Standard

Candy Cane

1. Make The Standard

2. Crush a candy cane or peppermint candy with a knife or spoonIMG_2221 IMG_2224

3. Put peppermint pieces into hot chocolate & let sit for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionallyIMG_2226

The Orange

This one is probably my favorite, simply because the fresh orange zest compliments the rich chocolate so well!

Ingredients

The Standard

Zest of 1 orange

1. Make The Standard

2. Wash & zest an orange

IMG_22143. Put orange zest into hot chocolate, & let sit for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally IMG_2210

The Cinnamon / The Pumpkin Pie Spice

These two are essentially the same thing, with different spices. They’re both delicious!

Ingredients

The Standard

1/4 tsp. cinnamon or 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1. Make The Standard

2. Pour desired spice into hot chocolate  IMG_2216IMG_2219

3. Stir

Well, next time you want to have variety in your hot chocolate, try one of these quick-fixes and enjoy!

-Chloë

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