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10 Soul-Warming Hot Chocolate Recipes

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When the mercury dips, there’s no more satisfying treat than a mug of hot chocolate. Whether you prefer a classic cocoa, a thick, rich chocolate (yes, there’s a difference), or a creative twist, we’ve got a recipe to scratch that itch.

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    Classic Hot Cocoa

    This is the hot cocoa from my childhood, chocolatey but not rich enough to spoil dinner. I think mini marshmallows are essential, but you can skip them if you wish.

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    Bittersweet Hot Chocolate

    This hot chocolate is too rich to be served in mugs; instead, serve it in small cups or demitasses. Choose your favorite nibbling bittersweet or semisweet chocolate for this recipe, as it’s one that will highlight and not obscure the chocolate’s distinct flavor nuances.

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    Hot Cocoa with Coconut Milk, Cinnamon, and Turmeric

    Here’s a classic version with a healthy twist (both cinnamon and turmeric reputedly have anti-inflammatory properties, and coconut milk is a “good” fat) so that you can feel a little less guilty about all of this end-of-year indulging.

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    Quick, Rich Hot Chocolate

    We like to whip up a batch of ganache and keep it in the fridge to make hot chocolate on the fly. But be warned: This is not your Swiss Miss hot cocoa; this version is much richer, not nearly as sweet, and quite a bit thicker.

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    Hot Chocolate Eggnog with Eggnog Whipped Cream

    You’ll love this festive drink: A rich homemade eggnog is incorporated into both the hot chocolate and the whipped cream topping. It’s creamy, delicious, and unique!

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    Frothy Hot Chocolate with Homemade Marshmallows

    Nothing beats a warm mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter day. Check out the variations to create your own "ultimate" hot chcolate. Browse more hot chocolate recipes, including a white chocolate and a Mexican version, on our Drinks & Entertaining page.

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    Irish Coffee Hot Chocolate

    The classic combination of coffee and Irish whiskey makes this hot chocolate even more warming than usual.

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    White Hot Chocolate with Cocoa Whipped Cream

    Put a twist on the traditional hot chocolate topped with a drift of snow-white whipped cream; here, the hot chocolate is creamy white and the fluffy topping is flavored with cocoa.

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    Verte Chaud

    This is Jamie Boudreau's version of a surprisingly delicious pairing. Be sure to use a good quality, bitter chocolate, so that you can easily adjust the sweetness; if you use a cheap hot chocolate you might find the resulting mixture a tad too sweet. The whipped cream should not be at all stiff. The aeration allows the cream to sit neatly on top of the hot chocolate.

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    Mexican Hot Chocolate with Vanilla and Chile

    Mexican chocolate has a grainy texture because it is made with toasted ground cocoa beans, granulated sugar, and cinnamon. Depending on the brand and how intensely chocolaty you like your hot chocolate, you may want to adjust the amount of chocolate.

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