Hot chocolate is the drink of the season for a reason: when we come inside from the cold after building a snowman or making snow angels, hot chocolate warms us up, no matter what age we are. Make your winter adventures even more exciting with these fun hot cocoa upgrades.
Spice it up
One way to upgrade your hot chocolate is to add spices. You’ve had the pumpkin spice latte—why not try throwing some pumpkin pie spice in with your cocoa? Add cinnamon for more subtle flavoring, or even try cayenne pepper for a spicy kick.
Stir in herbs
Mint is the perfect herb to add to hot chocolate—just crush up a handful of fresh mint or even add peppermint extract to get that cool flavor alongside the rich cocoa. You can also try adding other dessert-friendly herbs, like basil.
Make it creamier
When it comes to hot cocoa, the creamier the better. Add a tablespoon of peanut butter, almond butter, or whatever your favorite nut butter is to make your hot chocolate super thick and creamy, without detracting from the flavor. You can even try adding some cookie butter to make it sweeter!
Of course, nothing beats the classic additions, like a bit of vanilla extract for that silky taste and an espresso shot or two to keep you from falling asleep by the fire as you watch the snow fall outside. (Don’t give this one to the kids, though!)
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