#1 Broiled MarshMallows Make A Perfect Topping
Every hot chocolate bar needs scrumptious toppings, and broiled marshmallows will please anyone needing a warm mug of cocoa. They cook incredibly fast, so you will only need a few minutes. Use this recipe from Amanda K. by the Bay.
#2 Add Ice Cream
If you’ve never had a Hot Chocolate Float, I stand by the statement that you’ve never really lived. This recipe from Sugar Hero is made from scratch, and sure to change your life. They’re surprisingly easy to make!
#3 Add Peanut Butter
Add a scoop of peanut butter while simmering your cocoa on the stove. Stir it in completely, and you have yourself a cup of liquid Reeses Peanut Butter Cup.
#4 Serve It Frozen
Is it really considered hot chocolate if it isn’t hot? This recipe from Your Homebased Mom will have you saying “yes.” All you need is a blender and a cup of delicious hot chocolate. Serve on Christmas morning for a fun (and really unique) beverage idea.
#5 Serve Your Whipped Cream In Shapes
Freeze a sheet of whipped cream (or, vanilla ice cream works just as good) until it is frozen solid. Use a small cookie cutter to cut out holiday themed shapes. Place the cut shapes on a sheet of wax paper and place back in the freezer until it is time to serve.
#6 Rim Your Mugs
Turn your hot chocolate mugs into holiday rimmed whipped goodness with this recipe from Good Housekeeping. Line the rim of your mug with whipped cream, and dip into pieces of crushed candy cane. This looks (and tastes!) completely delicious.
#7 Decorate With Edible Confetti
Similar to the previous idea, make your hot chocolate look a lot more chic with edible confetti. Tablespoon has the totally ingenious recipe, and it only takes ten minutes to make!
#8 Give It As A Gift
Give the gift of a hot chocolate bar this holiday season. Fill a large ornament ball with sprinkles, hot cocoa mix, and marshmallows. You can customize the fillings based on what the reciepient enjoys the most. These are the perfect party favor! Find the tutorial at She Knows.
#9 Make Red Velvet Hot Cocoa
Think outside-the-box when it comes to your holiday beverages this Christmas; combine a classic beverage with a classic dessert! The cream cheese topping ties the recipe together, and the stunning red color screams Christmastime. Get the recipe from Une Deuxsenses.
#10 Bake With Your Leftover Hot Chocolate
If you threw a party with a hot chocolate bar, it’s safe to assume that you’ll likely have more leftovers than you know what to do with! Sprinkle any leftover hot chocolate into your standard pancake batter mix. Tip: Avoid cooking with any hot chocolate mix that has powdered milk in the ingredients. This will change the texture of the pancakes. Get the full recipe from The Food Network.
#11 Use a Crock Pot
If you’re making hot cocoa for a large amount of people, save time (and effort!) by making it in a slow cooker. Stir whipping cream, milk, vanilla, and chocolate chips into a slow cooker. Cover and cook for two hours. Be sure to stir occassionally! Have a variety of toppings available for your guests to choose from! Get the recipe for crockpot chocolate here!
#12 Add Eggnog
Who doesn’t love a glass of Eggnog around the holiday season? Add a dash of store bought Eggnog to your cup of hot chocolate. Add a pinch of nutmeg for more flavor, and top it off with a dollop of whipped cream. This recipe from Baking Bites is sure to please!