Unique Hot Chocolates

With the weather growing dimmer and the temperature falling to the point of near freezing, there’s just nothing like a big ole cup of hot chocolate to warm you up.

From the classic whole milk hot chocolate, which you can find in just about any coffee shop, to those sugar-free hot cocoa packets your grandmother buys because she believes that sugar-free is best, the iconic hot drink is everywhere this season.

Note: The difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa is that hot chocolate is made with already formed chocolate (chocolate chips/chocolate bars), while hot cocoa is made with powdered chocolate (Hersey powder)

Dark Chocolate Strawberry Hot Chocolate



  • 3 Cups of Strawberry Milk
  • 1 Cup of Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Chocolate Whip Cream (Use whichever brand you like and as much as you desire)


  1. Over medium heat, boil the milk in a saucepan until it’s slightly boiling.
  2. Add the dark chocolate chips, stirring as you do so in order to prevent the chips clumping on the bottom of the saucepan.
  3. When fully incorporated, fill your favorite mug and top with whip cream.

Matcha White Hot Chocolate 

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  • 3 Cups of Whole Milk
  • 1 Cup of White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Tbsp of Matcha
  • 1 Cup of Hot Water


  1. Over medium heat, boil the milk in a saucepan until it’s slightly boiling.
  2. Add the white chocolate chips into the milk and stir until fully incorporated.
  3. On the side, take your match and hot water and whisk them together until it’s smooth and frothy.
  4. Pour the match mixture into the milk and stir until fully combined. Enjoy!

Rose Hot Chocolate 



  • 3 Cups of Whole Milk
  • 1 Cup of Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 3 Tbsp of Dried Rose (Culinary Grade)
  • 2 Cup of Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Vanilla Bean Stalk


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, cream, vanilla bean stalk, and dried rose.
  2. Bring it to a slight boil before removing it from the heat and letting it sit for 15-30 minutes. (You can remove the vanilla bean at this time)
  3. Strain the milk and rose mixture to get rid of any dried rose clumps and place it back on medium heat.
  4. Add the milk chocolate and stir until smooth and creamy.

Bacon, Bourbon, and Hazelnut Hot Chocolate (Serious Eats)



  • 4 Thick-Cut Slices of Bacon
  • ½ tsp Corn Starch
  • ¼ Cups Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 Cups Whole Milk
  • 4 Ounces Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 4 Ounces Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
  • 4 Ounce Frangelico
  • 4 Ounces Bourbon
  • Whip Cream and Chopped Hazelnuts


  1. Cook bacon in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-low heat until crisp and rendered. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Pour fat into a small bowl and stir in corn starch with a fork.
  2. In medium saucepan, stir cocoa with sugar and salt. Stir in reserved bacon fat/corn starch mixture, milk, milk chocolate, and bittersweet chocolate. Heat over medium heat until, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and mixture is hot. Gently whisk to completely homogenize mixture.
  3. Add Frangelico and bourbon. Pour into individual serving cups. Top with whipped cream, chopped toasted hazelnuts, and a strip of bacon. Serve immediately.




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