Best Hot Chocolate Recipes to Relax With This Winter

 

It’s snow season, which also means it’s hot chocolate season. This tasty classic is the perfect way to wind down a busy day of playing in the snow. Make it a winter ritual with the kids by creating a hot chocolate bar or hosting a Best Hot Chocolate competition. The kids aren’t the only ones that should have fun with it either – we've got some tasty adult recipes too. Guaranteed, you will have fun making (and drinking!) these recipes.

For the Kids

Grinch Hot Chocolate

 Photo and recipe from CookingWithCurls.com

Photo and recipe from CookingWithCurls.com

For one cocoa, you will need 2 cups of milk, 4 ounces of white chocolate, a couple drops of green food coloring, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and peppermint extract, and as much whip cream as you can handle. Bonus points if you top with heart shaped candies! Throw the milk and chocolate into a saucepan and heat until chocolate melts. Add the rest of the ingredients, pour into a mug, and enjoy!

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate 

 Photo and recipe from  certifiedpastryaficionado.com

Photo and recipe from certifiedpastryaficionado.com

This decedent recipe will be sure to kick out post play-time hanger. For four cups of cocoa, you will need 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate, 3 tablespoons peanut butter, 32 ounces of milk, 1.5 tablespoons of cocoa powder, and marshmallows for topping. Cook chocolate and peanut butter in a pan until melted, then very slowly whisk in the milk. After completely mixed, add in the cocoa powder. After the milk is warmed completely, serve it up with a big pile of marshmallows.

 
 Photo and recipe from  thekitchenismyplayground.com

Photo and recipe from thekitchenismyplayground.com

Throw everything into a slow cooker before heading out for the day and return for a no-hassle, delicious hot chocolate. You will need only five ingredients to rock this hot chocolate: 12 ounces of chocolate chips, 1/3 cup caramel ice cream topping (plus extra to drizzle over whip cream), 4 cups of milk, 2 cups of half-and-half, and whip cream. Throw everything (except whip cream) into slow cooker on a low setting for 2-3 hours. Scoop into mugs, top with whip cream and caramel, and enjoy!

 

For the Adults

Black Cherry Bourbon Hot Chocolate 

 Photo and recipe from  sugarandsoul.co

Photo and recipe from sugarandsoul.co

A creative and yummy adult twist on hot chocolate that will be sure to amaze your friends. For two servings, you will need 1.5 cups of milk, 5 tablespoons of hot chocolate mix, 2 ounces of Black Cherry Bourbon (Jim Beam makes a good one), whipped cream, and chocolate shavings. To make them, heat milk and hot chocolate mix until it steams. Pour a shot of the bourbon into each cup and then fill with hot chocolate. Top with whip cream and chocolate shavings.

Kahlua Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

 Photo and recipe from homecookingmemories.com

Photo and recipe from homecookingmemories.com

This hot chocolate recipe is anything but basic. To make them, you will need 1/3 cup of Kahlua Pumpkin Spice Liqueur, 4 cups milk, ½ cup sugar, ½ cup cocoa powder, pinch of salt, 1 can pumpkin puree, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and whip cream or marshmallows. Heat milk, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a pan. Once hot, but not boiling, whisk in pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. Cook until just before boiling, take off from heat, and stir in Kahlua. Serve and enjoy!