A Hot Chocolate for Every Whim (& Climate)

What's that you say? There's a little chill in the air? It's a bit bite-y outside? Frosty the Snowman might be making an appearance very soon?

You must be in need of a cup of hot chocolate then! And if you're feeling extra ambitious, you can make some pillowy marshmallows to float on top. Or, if you're not feeling extra ambitious, but maybe just a little so, whisk together whipped cream instead.

Here are 8 different kinds of hot chocolate recipes (including one for caramelized white chocolate, which isn't hot chocolate, but you should just eat straight with a spoon anyways):

Do you have a favorite hot chocolate recipe? Tell us about it in the comments.

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • sydney
  • Ali
  • BerryBaby
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sydney January 14, 2017
Fun to read the recipes. I tried lots of different hot chocolate recipes until I picked up a little hot chocolate how-to recipe card by my local artisan chocolate shop, and it's not only the best but the simplest: Scald milk, turn off stove, drop in chocolate pieces, wait five minutes, whisk. You can add in/on, but it's the best basic recipe I've ever made and had. Try it!
BerryBaby January 15, 2017
Sounds easy and good! What kind and how much chocolate?
sydney January 15, 2017
Hi BerryBaby, The shop makes fancy, premium chocolates of every 'origin' and percentage, but also sells bags of that high-quality chocolate in pieces affordably priced. I buy these small bags. The recipe doesn't specify what milk or what chocolate, so for me it's a 'base' recipe. I use whole milk and 60-80% chocolate, but you could use anything. You could also just use pieces from a good commercial bar of chocolate (say, 80% Lindt or something) if you're not close to a good chocolate maker. :-)
Ali January 14, 2017
Maybe it's weird, but I like stirring in just a little tahini into my hot chocolate.
BerryBaby January 14, 2017
Love my Mocha Dessert Coffee! BerryBaby