What better way to spread some celebration cheer than with a steaming mug of Christmas hot chocolate? Christmas is a time for gathering with friends and family and sharing joy.
Hot chocolate is a quintessential Christmas drink that warms you from the inside out and brings back nostalgic memories of the season.
This year, go beyond just instant hot chocolate packets and get creative with homemade hot chocolate for Christmas.
With unique flavors, delicious toppings, beautiful presentations, and thoughtful touches, these 10 hot chocolate recipes are sure to become new traditions your loved ones will look forward to each Christmas.
Peppermint hot chocolate
The sweet, refreshing flavor of peppermint is synonymous with the holidays. This peppermint hot chocolate is cool and comforting, with just the right amount of minty freshness.
To make it, combine cocoa powder, sugar, milk, and crushed peppermint candies in a saucepan over medium heat.
Stir frequently until the chocolate melts and the drink is steaming.
Top with whipped cream and an extra peppermint stick to garnish if desired. The candy cane decoration oozes the holiday spirit!
White chocolate peppermint hot chocolate
For an even more decadent twist, use white chocolate instead of regular cocoa powder. The white chocolate gives the drink a creamier, smoother mouthfeel while allowing the peppermint to stand out.
Melt white chocolate chips with heated milk and stir until incorporated. Add crushed peppermint and serve with whipped cream on top. The red-and-white swirl is like a sweet, edible candy cane!
Mexican hot chocolate
Spice things up with some Mexican hot chocolate, flavored with cinnamon and chili powder. The combination of warm chocolate, sugary sweetness, and a touch of heat makes for a rich, complex drink.
Simmer milk, chocolate, sugar, and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ancho chili powder.
For some extra spice, add a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Top with whipped cream and ground cinnamon or chocolate shavings. The blend of flavors is exciting yet cozy – sure to warm everyone up on a chilly winter day!
Hot white chocolate with raspberry
Fruit and chocolate are a classic combination. Transform your hot chocolate into more of a decadent dessert drink with this raspberry white chocolate recipe.
Melt white chocolate with warm milk or cream. Once incorporated, gently stir in some raspberry puree. The tart sweetness balances the rich chocolate beautifully.
Top with fresh raspberries and grated white chocolate. Your loved ones will be begging for second cups!
S’mores Hot Chocolate
What’s better than gathering around a crackling campfire to roast marshmallows? Bringing that nostalgia indoors with a s’mores-inspired hot chocolate It can level your outside experience; you can drink it at a BBQ, camping, and more.
Melt the chocolate and milk over low heat. Add mini marshmallows and Graham cracker crumbs. The milk chocolate evokes the classic Hershey’s bar, while the crunchy crackers and fluffy marshmallows recreate that campfire treat. Top with a toasted marshmallow and a drizzle of chocolate syrup. Yum!
Cookies and cream hot chocolate
Cookies and milk together at last! This hot chocolate tastes just like an Oreo cookie dunked into a steaming mug.
Whisk together milk, chocolate syrup, a dash of vanilla, and crushed Oreo cookies. The cookie pieces will melt a bit, infusing the drink with a sweet cream flavor. Top with an entire Oreo and enjoy this chocolaty, delicious delight.
Salted caramel hot chocolate
For the salted caramel lovers out there, this hot chocolate takes the flavor combo to new heights. The sweet, buttery caramel and a hint of salt balance the rich chocolate gorgeously.
Make caramel either from scratch or using store-bought caramel candies.
Add melted chocolate, hot milk, and a pinch of sea salt, then top with whipped cream, caramel sauce, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt. Each sip will transport you to sugary, salty bliss.
Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate
This twist on the coffee shop classic combines the best of both beverages—sweet hot chocolate and peppermint mocha.
Brew some strong coffee, then whisk it together with cocoa powder, sugar, milk, and peppermint extract.
Mix in crushed candy canes for minty chocolate morsels throughout.
Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Satisfy both the peppermint and chocolate cravings!
Here is a tip： If you feel that the cold milk will affect the texture when you add it, then you can heat it up with a meat thermometer before you add it.
Hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows
Store-bought marshmallows are convenient, but homemade ones take this drink over the top. Making marshmallows is easier than you think!
Whip together gelatin, sugar, and water over a double boiler. Once thick and fluffy, pour into a powdered sugar-coated pan to set.
Cut into squares and plop them into mugs of hot chocolate. They’ll melt into sweet clouds of vanilla fluff. It’s picture-perfect!
Mexican spiced hot chocolate with cinnamon whipped cream
This unique hot chocolate blends comforting chocolate flavors with the vibrant spices of Mexican cuisine. Simmer the drink with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, ancho chili powder, and a touch of cayenne pepper.
Then whip heavy cream with cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla for a sweet topping with a little kick. The drink itself will warm them up, while the spiced whipped cream cools things down. It’s the best of both worlds!
The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without sharing a mug of Christmas hot chocolate with your most treasured people.
This year, show your love through one of these creative, homemade hot chocolates. Each sip says “I care” in the sweetest way.
Which recipe will you try first?
From classic peppermint to unexpected fruit flavors to spicy Mexican variations, there’s a hot chocolate here to become your new favorite tradition.
Pick your favorites, gather the ingredients, and get ready to spread all the seasonal joy!