5 creative hot chocolate upgrades to try this winter

Hot chocolate is a cozy cold-weather favorite. While the traditional beverage is always a tasty option, hot chocolate is capable of so much more. From baked goods to frozen treats, there are many sweet ways to put those hot cocoa packets to work. Enjoy hot chocolate’s versatility with these five unique recipes.

1. Baileys slow cooker hot chocolate

If you’re in the mood for hot chocolate with a kick, this recipe will do the trick! Begin by adding milk, double cream, condensed milk, cocoa powder, dark chocolate and Baileys to a slow cooker. Next, cook on low heat for one hour. Finally, throw in some marshmallows and serve with whipped cream and chocolate sauce.

2. Hot chocolate with cheese

This Colombian specialty is super easy to make. First, make your hot chocolate using water instead of milk. Then add cinnamon and cloves. Next, chop up a few cubes of mozzarella or your favorite white cheese, and place them into a cup. Pour the hot chocolate over the cheese and let it melt. Then grab a spoon and enjoy!

3. Hot chocolate dip

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Desserts are diving into the dip game. This hot chocolate dip recipe involves a mix of heavy cream and hot chocolate combined with marshmallow cream and Cool Whip. Once whipped, top the dip with marshmallows and sprinkles. Serve with graham crackers or biscuit cookies.

4. Ferrero Rocher hot chocolate

This recipe turns up the heat on Ferrero Rocher chocolates! Begin by combining milk, cream, sugar and dark cocoa powder in a heated skillet. Next, add halved Ferrero Rocher chocolates to a pitcher followed by a scoop of Nutella. Then, pour in the hot cocoa mixture, completely covering the Nutella and chocolates before blending. Finally, serve the hot chocolate in a glass with a single Ferrero Rocher. Top off with some whipped cream or whiskey.  

5. Tahini hot chocolate

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If you can’t get enough tahini, why not add it to your hot chocolate? First, whisk together milk, tahini and honey in a heated pan. Next, add vanilla extract, espresso powder, cinnamon, salt and a generous amount of chopped bittersweet chocolate. Pour into a glass, and top it off with whipped cream and black sesame seeds.

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