As the cooler weather rolls in, we'll finally get to unpack our favorite scarves and mittens, toss some logs on the fireplace and, most importantly, cozy up to a frothy mug of hot cocoa. And we're not talking about tearing open an instant packet and adding water. Now that we're all grown up and gourmet, we can do much better.

Though these variations taste much better than hot cocoa out of packet, they’re not much harder to make. Choose a base of milk, almond milk or coconut milk. Then add in chocolate chips or cocoa powder and flavorful spices! Try making one of our favorites to start warming up from the chilly winter!

 14 Gourmet Twists on Hot Cocoa

 

Slam Dunk

If you’re looking for even more unique takes on hot chocolate, check out the SheKnows infographic that inspired us. Have fun indulging in warm drinks with your friends and family. If you’re too far to enjoy them together in person, send them over your favorite recipe idea and some delicious dipped fall treats to dunk in their cocoa.

 

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