Fall is almost here and it is the perfect time to start grabbing all of my favorite hot chocolate recipes! Is there much better than a cup of hot cocoa on a cold, windy day? There is just something so soothing about that.

As usual, the internet has surprised me and shown me recipes I would have never dreamt up on my own.

A photo collage showing different hot chocolate recipes - a peppermint white hot chocolate in a mug, a salted caramel hot chocolate in a mug, cookies and cream hot chocolate in a mug, peanut butter hot chocolate in a glass, cheese cake hot chocolate in a cup, hazelnut hot chocolate in a mug, crockpot Nutella hot chocolate in a cup and orange hot chocolate in a mug.

21 Delicious Hot Chocolate Recipes

1. Check Out This Homemade Recipe That Is Similar To That Of Starbucks!

First and foremost, there’s just something about the Starbucks hot cocoa that people find an attachment to. If you love Starbucks hot cocoa, here is a copycat drink that tastes just like it! I kid you not, this Starbucks copycat hot cocoa is everything you might need for those cold days. Serve this while still hot!


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1/4 tablespoon vanilla

How To:

  1. Mix water, cocoa, and sugar into a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 40 seconds until warm to create the chocolate syrup.
  2. Add Vanilla and milk and stir well
  3. Heat in microwave for 1 minute or more until hot.
  4. Serve with marshmallows or whipped cream.

2. Aren’t Oreos Everyone’s Favorite? Here Is A Hot Chocolate Recipe For Just That!

Biscuits and cookies get me hooked up every single time I think of hot chocolate recipes. Therefore, if you’re an Oreo lover like me, then this cookie and cream hot chocolate is perfect for you, and guess what?! It takes only 20 minutes to prepare and can serve up to 4 cups.

What you need:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 hot chocolate powder
  • 5 Oreos
  • Whip cream
  • Toppings (crushed Oreos)

How To:

  1. Warm milk on the stove over medium heat.
  2. Add hot chocolate powder.
  3. Grind Oreos finely using a blender or a food processor.
  4. Put the Oreos to warm milk.
  5. Serve with whip cream and crushed Oreos on top.

3. OMG! Peanut Butter And Chocolate Combo! Some Hot Chocolate Recipes Are Absolutely Heavenly.

Everyone knows that peanut butter and chocolate are the perfect pair and this super simple rich creamy peanut butter hot chocolate made right in your high-powered blender is certainly what you want for your long winter and Trust me, it is so good! Don’t miss out on this!


  • 1-1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate morsels (semisweet)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (creamy)
  • 1 cup cold whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons peanut (melted)

4. Discover How To Make Peppermint White Chocolate Using This Simple Recipe

Taking hot baths during cold days can help you fight the cold especially when you feel frozen down to your core and still can’t warm up even after having been inside for a while. Similarly, long puffy furry coats can serve the same purpose; give you the warmth you need. Nothing, however, beats the warming power of hot chocolate drinks like this peppermint white hot chocolate which just screams warmth! Welcome, winter!


  • 4 cups milk
  • White chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tablespoon peppermint flavor
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla flavor
  • Toppings (optional)


  1. Put chocolate chips and milk in a saucepan. Cook over medium to low heat stirring to mix very well until the chocolate is melted. Make sure not to boil the milk.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in Peppermint and vanilla flavors.
  3. Serve warm with toppings (optional)

5. Who Doesn’t Love Hot Chocolate Recipes That Use Unconventional Ingredients? This Pumpkin Hot Chocolate Recipe Is All You Need!

Everyone goes nuts for all things pumpkin in the fall. Wow, your guests with this creamy and delicious hot chocolate recipe drink that can never go wrong. This is to say you’re gonna love this pumpkin hot chocolate that can serve up to 5 people. It’s not only for winters but also for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other holiday!

What you need:

  • 2-1/2 cups milk
  • 2oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla flavor
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/8 tablespoon ginger powder
  • Whipped cream (optional)


  1. Put milk in a saucepan and heat milk over low heat.
  2. Stir in pumpkin puree, sugar, cinnamon ginger powder, and vanilla.
  3. Continue stirring while you add chocolate chips. Heat for about 8 minutes
  4. Garnish with nutmeg and whipped cream if desired and serve warm.

6. Look At This Salted Caramel Recipe I Discovered The Other Day!

This salted caramel hot chocolate sounds amazing! Yeah, I know you’re probably wondering how I’ll get my caramel salted, don’t you? Well, just simply sprinkle some Maldon sea salt flakes over the top of your caramel sauce!  I can’t wait to try this one! The recipe is quite versatile and can be prepared to suit your personal taste.


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • whipped cream (sweetened)


  1. Heat milk in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Put in chocolate chips and caramel stir constantly until chocolate is melted.
  3. Garnish with sweetened whipped cream and serve.

7. Who Would Have Thought Hot Chocolate Can Be Placed And Served On A Stick? Check Out This Amazing Recipe!

Have you ever seen hot chocolate on a stick before? This is the only hot chocolate recipe that’s not going to be served in a mug rather, on a stick accompanied by marshmallows (preferably homemade marshmallows) because these not only add some flavor to the chocolates but also helps hold the stick on the cooled chocolates when serving or packing. It is such an incredibly creative idea for a treat this winter!.

8. Discover How Hazel Nuts Could Bring You Some Warmth During Winter.

This is a great recipe to keep around for the winter so if you’re experiencing some really cold weather, you need to warm up to some of this delicious Hazelnut hot chocolate.  Every single ingredient used here can be found locally and at affordable prices that won’t stretch your budget. Not one bit!


  • 4 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • whipped cream


  1. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, mix milk, cocoa powder, sugar, hazelnut spread, and ground cinnamon. Continue stirring until sugar and hazelnut spread is dissolved.
  2. Garnish with whipped cream and serve.

9. Are You A Fruit Lover? We Have You Covered As Well With This Super Delicious Raspberry Recipe.

I am thrilled to introduce this to you today so buckle up, get out your glitter guns and everything you use to celebrate because things are about to get overly cute with this raspberry white chocolate recipe. This sweet beverage is made of raspberry puree (which turns it to pink), white chocolate, and a mixture of milk and cream that make it taste like melted berries and ice cream. It is totally what fruit lovers need.


  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 6 oz. white chocolate
  • 12 oz. rasp berries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla flavor
  • Pinch of salt

How To Make It:

  1. Sprinkle the sugar on raspberries make sure the sugar is absorbed by the raspberries. Let sit for 15 minutes until they soften and release their juices. Blend raspberries then strain the puree.
  2. Simmer milk and cream in a saucepan then whisk white chocolate in until it’s melted.
  3. Add the raspberry puree, vanilla flavor, and salt.
  4. Serve with whip cream and raspberries on top.

10. See How This Recipe Combines Two Of My Favorite Things To Make: Cheesecake and Hot Chocolate.

I love cheesecake very much but have never thought of drinking it. Thought about this cheesecake hot chocolate recipe the other day when my cheesecake craving shot up. I, therefore, needed a quick solution to my craving problem other than baking the whole cheesecake and waiting for it to cool. Then I thought about combining two of my favorite things to come up with this awesome hot chocolate recipe solution. Yum!


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped white chocolate
  • 1/2 cream cheese
  • 1/4 tablespoon vanilla flavor
  • Whipped cream


  1. Warm the milk in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add vanilla flavor and cream cheese whisk until melted.
  3. Subsequently, add white chocolate until smooth.
  4. Serve immediately with whip cream.

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11. Nutella And Chocolate?! Is There A More Perfect Combination of Ingredients?

I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of this hot chocolate recipe before. Nonetheless, if you are a fan of Nutella, then here’s something to try out. First things first, there’s something dreamy and creamy about Nutella hot chocolate that makes my heart melt, and I am sure it will make yours melt too. This sweet beverage will soothe your sweet tooth and warm you to your toes on chilly days. Can be perfect for your winter parties as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas.

What you need:

  • 5 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 1 cup hot water


  1. Put sugar, Nutella, hot water, and cocoa in a pan. Stir continually under low heat until they form a smooth paste.
  2. Add the mixture into a separate bowl, pour in the milk, and stir well.
  3. Cook until hot.
  4. Serve with whipping cream and toppings if you like.

12. Keep It Simple And Easy With This Three Ingredient Hot Chocolate Recipe.

After long exhausting days of work, we all for some reason feel lazy to make something for ourselves before we settle in our homes sometimes and that’s perfectly okay. Maybe a quick snack or beverage before we can prepare our meals perhaps? This three-ingredient recipe could be what you’re looking for during those exhausting moments.


  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 pinch of salt


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a pan and simmer over low heat.
  2. Stir continually until the chocolate has dissolved completely.
  3. Serve with whipped cream or marshmallows.

13. Don’t Know What To Do With Left-Over Girl-Scout Cookies? Make Them Useful With This Mint Hot Chocolate Recipe.

When girl scouts ring my bell selling their cookies, I usually buy one or two from each girl scout. As a result, this ‘buying spree’ leaves my freezer stashed with cookies that I eat slowly patiently waiting for the next girl scout season and I bet you’re just like me. Nonetheless, this thin mint hot chocolate recipe for Left-over Girl Scout cookies can help you make use of those stacked cookies in a more creative and yummy way.


  • 1 cup milk
  • Cocoa Powder
  • sugar
  • salt
  • peppermint flavor
  • vanilla flavor
  • A box of thin mint girl scout cookies (or your favorite girl scout cookies)
  • whipped cream.

How To Make:

  1. In a pan, mix sugar, cocoa, and salt.
  2. Add water mixing thoroughly until everything has dissolved.
  3. Consequently, pour milk and flavors into the mixture while stirring.
  4. Serve with whipping cream.
  5. Crush up a few thin mints and sprinkle on top of the served drink. You can add a little Thin Mint Side Car.

14. Incorporating Fruit In Hot Chocolate Recipes Is A Great WayTo Eat Your Fruits!

Another fruity hot chocolate recipe, the orange hot chocolate! This one is made out of orange peels and orange zest hence made mysterious because of the sour-sweet taste of the peels. I am glad to have done another fruity cocoa recipe for fruit lovers.


  •  1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate
  • 3 strips orange peels
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Orange zest and whipped cream as toppings (optional)


  1. Mix milk, sugar, orange peels in a saucepan and simmer over medium heat.
  2. Stirring milk frequently, pour it over chocolate in a bowl until chocolate is melted
  3. Serve, and garnish with whipping cream and orange zest.

15. Warm Your Belly With This Hot Chocolate Recipe For Red Velvet Hot Cocoa.

If you love red velvet cakes, you’re going to absolutely love this sweet hot cocoa beverage that’s very easy to prepare and takes little time. Also, If you have a sweet tooth, then this might be the perfect treat for you when you crave sugar or sweet things. This red velvet hot cocoa will warm your belly. You’ll love it!


  • 1 glass milk
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 red food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (powdered)
  • 1/2 tablespoon almond flavor
  • whipped cream


  1. Boil water over high heat in a saucepan, place a metal bowl on top and turn heat to medium.
  2. Put the chocolate in the metal bowl and stir as it melts.
  3. Pour milk into the melted chocolate and mix.
  4. Add the red food coloring and the maple syrup into the mixture, stir for two minutes to mix well.
  5. Whip cream, almond flavor, and powdered sugar together.
  6. Serve hot chocolate and add the whipped cream on top.

Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipes

A photo collage showing different frozen hot chocolate recipes - a frozen hot chocolate recipe, a frozen pumpkin white hot chocolate in a mug, a frozen hot chocolate float in a mug and frozen peanut butter hot chocolate in a mug.

16. Who Said Hot Chocolate Is Only Meant For Winter? Try This Hot Chocolate Float Recipe That Might Be Your Favorite Summer Snack!

This float is mainly hot chocolate filled with ice cream (of your choice) which makes it a perfect summer drink. This super easy delicious hot chocolate float with mint chocolate chip ice cream recipe is all you need down your dry throat on those excruciatingly hot days. Enjoy!


  • 1 cup hot chocolate
  • 1/2 cup ice cream of your choice
  • whipped cream


  1. Make your favorite hot chocolate mix using your favorite recipe.
  2. Pour an equal amount of hot chocolate into the mugs you have.
  3. Put one scoop of ice cream in each mug
  4. Garnish with whipped cream and serve.

17. Basic Can Also Be Classic! This Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe Shows Exactly That!

I am so excited to share this basic but classic cold and refreshing frozen hot chocolate recipe with you because I needed to show you what you have been missing! All the perfect lusciousness of hot chocolate is cool and refreshing, making it perfect for hot summer days.


  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup hot chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cup ice cream(of your favorite flavor)
  • 4 cups ice


  1. Add milk, ice, hot chocolate, and ice cream to a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and serve in mugs.
  3. Garnish with whipped cream.

18. A Perfect Peanut Butter And Hot Chocolate Warm Weather Treat!

Here is another recipe for peanut butter lovers! Adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream to this peanut butter hot chocolate float  makes it perfectly thick…not too thick to borderline on thinned pudding which might be hard to take, not watery either, but  just creamy and silky enough to make a perfect consistency therefore

19. Try Out Frozen Caramel Hot Chocolate

Okay, this one just might be my most favorite. I have a soft spot for caramel and chocolates and having these two mixed together to make frozen caramel hot chocolate? Sounds like utter perfection! I know you’ll also love this recipe because it’s easy to make, takes a few ingredients, and only 15 minutes of prep time. In short, it is undoubtedly delicious and is best for both worlds also: it can be sipped (for sipping fanatics) and used as a dessert (for the ‘laid back’).

20.Try This Recipe That Proves Pumpkins Can Be Used For Just About Anything!

There’s something about how white chocolate combines with a pumpkin that makes it a great combo. The pumpkin white chocolate frozen cocoa recipe is what you need when you want a taste of fall but the weather hasn’t quite got cold yet. If it’s nice and chilly in your area, it would be such a wonderful treat after you get home from work, and guess what?  To top it off, It doesn’t take long to prepare and uses readily available and affordable supermarket ingredients.

21. Don’t Want Milk In Your Hot Chocolate Drink? We Have A Substitute For Just That With This Intriguing Hot Chocolate Recipe.

Every other recipe on the list includes milk. Well, not this one. This Chocolate Hot Buttered Rum recipe has very few ingredients to it: the buttered rum that contains a pre-made mix (that’s made from cocoa powder, butter, sugar, and cinnamon), rum, and hot water.

The best thing about this mix is that you can make as much as you can, refrigerate and warm it whenever you need a warm-up during winter. Although, I recommend you make just enough for the day or just the right amount to keep you going for a week.

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