I cannot wait for the weather to cool down. Yes, you heard me: I look forward to the upcoming drop in temperatures.
Now, before you look at me with much confusion, I need to clarify: winters (especially depending on the area in which you reside), can be quite harsh. Most people dread the snowy season: road traffic, lots of shoveling, frostbite… I understand that it can be quite the nightmare. However, I try to embrace every season by welcoming of all of its positive outcomes.
When I think of the winter months, I think: coziness, warm pajamas and a large cup of hot chocolate. During the holidays, I’m always up for making some cocoa. Today, I put together a few ideas on how to liven up your mug!
Ways to Liven Up Your Hot Chocolate
If you’re a fan of dark chocolate like I am, then I suggest adding a small amount of peppermint extract to your next serving. You don’t need a lot to go a long way: a simple drop can add so much flavor and essence. It’s like having hot cocoa and candy canes all at once – and who can say no to that?
Top Your Toppings
I love topping up my hot chocolate with lots of whipped cream. Sometimes though, a large swirl of cream just doesn’t suffice. I often like to add sprinkles, nuts and dried fruit. It gives it some extra crunch and flavor. A winning combination is slivered almonds, whipped cream and a warm glass of white hot chocolate. Providing toppings can also make a lovely “hot chocolate” bar: a new idea for your next Christmas party.
Add Some Color
Now, this is an idea that the kids will surely adore. You can use any sort of color combination, but I love making mugs of red and green drinks to get into the festive spirit. The best is covering the hot chocolate beverages with lots of whipped cream: the burst of color makes for a great surprise once the kids eat up their whipped topping.
A Chocolate Spoon
Try this one for your next holiday get-together: grab some spoons and dip their ends into a bowlful of melted chocolate. Allow the chocolate to set and serve your guests with cups of very warm milk. When they use their spoon to stir the milk, it will make a cup of hot chocolate!
Cinnamon and Spice, and Everything Nice!
If you’re one for that extra punch of flavor, try adding a pinch of chili pepper and nutmeg and serve with a cinnamon stick. Spicy hot chocolate has really risen in popularity because the sweet and spicy combination makes for an incredibly interesting flavor profile.
How do you take your hot chocolate? Tell me about your favorite holiday drinks in the comments below!