The 5 Best Hot Chocolate Recipes

Ahh fall is getting closer, the leaves are beginning to change color, the fresh air smells crisp and the temperatures are beginning to cool. At least here in the North, I hear the south still has 100 degree temperatures. This change of weather made me want deliciously warm drinks and it also had me begin to look for the cutest fall boots available. So without further ado here are the 5 Best Hot Chocolate Recipes


#1 Paula Deen’s Dreamy Creamy Hot Chocolate 


Photo by Stephan Rosger

Is it any wonder that the woman known for her love of butter, has one of the tastiest hot chocolate recipes available?

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 1/2 cups hot water
Mini Marshmallows (optional)


In a large saucepan, combine sweetened condensed milk, cocoa, vanilla and salt; mix well. Over medium heat, slowly stir in water; heat through, stirring occasionally. DO NOT BOIL. Top with marshmallows, if desired.

Tip: Chocolate can be stored in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Mix well and reheat before serving.

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Photo by Christiano Betta
#2 Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa
I don’t know if you have had the Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa from Starbucks, but oh my gosh, it’s SO good. You taste some sweetness, a touch of saltiness, rich chocolate, ah it’s to die for! Unfortunately since we moved to the middle of nowhere, the closest Starbucks is over 45 minutes away. So I found this amazing copycat recipe from
  • 3 tablespoons Caramel syrup, heated to luke warm (recipe here)
  • Hot Chocolate (4 tablespoons of ganache plus 6 oz. of milk, heated)
  • Canned Whipped Cream
  • Pinch of Medium Coarse Sea Salt
  1. Pour 2 Tablespoons of caramel syrup into a mug so the inside of the mug is coated well. Add hot chocolate and stir everything. Top off with with cream, drizzle with remaining caramel, and sprinkle with sea salt. Enjoy!


Photo by Steven DePollo
#3 Hot Chocolate with Coconut and Rum
You know, some days are just more rough than others. That’s when this deliciously tropical hot chocolate comes into play, with a little bit of fresh coconut milk and a dash of rum it will have you slipping away into a relaxing paradise in no time.
1 cup whole milk
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup heavy cream
5 ounces white chocolate or milk chocolate, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 tablespoon rum (I suggest Rumchata because it’s delicious)
Warm milk, coconut milk, and cream in a medium saucepan over a medium-low heat. Add chocolate, and whisk until melted and combined. Continue to warm mixture until thick, about 5 minutes. Whisk in rum.
#4 Sugar and Spice Hot Cocoa
Image by Masatoshi
3 cups milk,
5 ounces chopped dark chocolate,
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon,
a pinch or two of cayenne (optional) and
Whipped cream for garnish
In a pot combine the milk and chocolate. Melt the chocolate over low/medium heat, stirring constantly. Once melted and the mixture is warmed through stir in the cinnamon and cayenne (if using). Serve hot 🙂
#5 Mint Hot Chocolate
Photo by Maxwell GS
This is a recipe that I love because it’s super simple and is a crowd pleaser!
6 Andes chocolate mints
16 ounces chocolate milk
mini marshmallows, optional

In a small saucepan, melt the mints over low heat. Slowly whisk in chocolate milk until well blended; heat but do not boil. Pour into mugs; top with mini marshmallows if desired.

Now that I have you craving some deliciously warm and creamy hot chocolate, pick your favorite recipe and go make some!

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