Enjoy Hot Cocoa Three Ways this Winter

Written by Chris

Hazelnut Hot Cocoa recipe

Are you ready for National Cocoa Day? These recipes will help. Hot cocoa is a perennial favorite, but a steaming hot mug of cocoa is especially nice during the holidays. And there are so many ways to spice it up! One day I may add ancho chili powder and cinnamon, another fresh orange peel and ground cloves. The additions really depend on one’s mood.

The other day I swirled a spoonful of Nutella into my hot cocoa. It was good, but not knock-your-socks-off good. I added a little cinnamon and a dash of salt and my socks were off! It’s dessert in a cup! This just happens to be a kid-favorite as well – or I should say – a triplet favorite.

Hazelnut Hot Cocoa

Ingredients needed for 1 serving:

  • ¾ cup lowfat milk, heated
  • 1 envelope Rich Milk Chocolate Flavor NESTLÉ Hot Cocoa Mix
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons hazelnut spread (such as Nutella or Carla Cream)
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt


POUR milk into large mug; stir in hot cocoa mix, hazelnut spread, cinnamon and salt. Enjoy!

Fresh Mint-Infused Hot Cocoa recipe

Not every hot cocoa recipe must be rich. This Fresh Mint-Infused Hot Cocoa above is light and polite. It calls for mint but rosemary is just lovely! If you aren’t a fan of mint or rosemary, give fresh orange peel a try. Citrus and chocolate are a match made in heaven!

Hot Cocoa Gift with Holiday Dippers recipe

Hot Cocoa with Holiday Dippers will make a perfect gift for teachers – and the best part – kids can make and assemble with a little guidance from a parent.  Large marshmallows, peppermint sticks and plastic spoons are dipped in chocolate then coated in sprinkles. To assemble, pile mini marshmallows into a large mug, add a few packages of hot cocoa, then add the coated sticks. Wrap securely in cellophane to keep fresh, and that’s it! Homemade gifts are the best!

How do you take your hot cocoa?

Happy holidays!


More hot cocoa recipes:

Hot Cocoa Mix In A Jar recipe
Hot Cocoa Mix In A Jar
Mexican Hot Cocoa recipe
Mexican Hot Cocoa

One Comment

  1. Addielyn
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 9:27 am | Permalink | Reply

    I tried making this one night. It was soooo good! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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