10 Fun & Creative Ways to Make Hot Chocolate

10 Fun & Creative Ways to Make Hot Chocolate

[Editor's Note: Do you still rely on powdered mixes to make hot chocolate when the weather outside is frightful? This post from the archives will help you break that habit in any number of delicious ways! --Genie]

It's one more laugh-out-loud, who-are-they-kidding? moment when somebody publishes a list of the best hot chocolate mixes. For special occasions, you know, like, um, today's breakfast, nothing beats the experience and taste of warming milk and chocolate for, you know, yummy hot chocolate, not boxy-powdery-milk-product-instilled-with-chemical-chocolate-flavored-watery-sugary-drink.

Julie from Dinner with Julie says it beautifully. "I know I wax poetic on the subject of hot chocolate ... but it really is something that’s so dead easy to make, and yet so many people resort to the instant packaged stuff, which is full of all sorts of nastiness. Really, if you’re going to bother, it might as well be fantastic." For Julie's take on Dorie Greenspan's Hot Chocolate Bisque, she uses the blender to concoct a silky smooth hot chocolate.

Let's look at nine more ways to make homemade hot chocolate, jazzing it up from the simple to the spectacular.

My Colombian Recipes adds a little cinnamon to make Colombian-Style Hot Chocolate.

Your Home-Based Mom uses two 'secret ingredients' (oh so easy, I promise!) in her hot chocolate and even, this year, put together a Hot Chocolate Bar for a holiday party. Fun!

Rookie Cookie warms up milk, cream and white chocolate, then adds a drizzle of raspberry syrup to make White Hot Chocolate with Raspberry.

Thought for Food grapples with her three-year old's allergies but devises a dairy-free and soy-free hot chocolate by starting with coconut milk.

Life's Ambrosia is sold on a now-traditional recipe for a Peppermint Patty, “Just think a minty hot chocolate for adults”.

Perry's Plate decided to skewer cubes of fudge with homemade marshmallows, it's like Hot Chocolate on a Stick!

Savory Sweet Life was heart-broken when Starbucks discontinued her favorite coffee addiction but now can't live without Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate where the hot chocolate itself ranges from Swiss Miss to homemade chocolate ganache.

One Perfect Bite makes big batches of Cocoa for a Crowd starting at Halloween.

Not Martha displays Martha Creds by building miniature gingerbread houses for perching onto a cup of hot chocolate.

And you?
And you, what's in your hot chocolate? Leave an idea in the comments!

This year, BlogHer food editor Alanna Kellogg will serve hot chocolate on Christmas morning along with the make-ahead Eggnog French Toast.

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