Step up your hot cocoa game by putting delightful and delicious twists on an old holiday standby. As you might imagine, the Scout Elves are experts when it comes to sweets, especially hot chocolate, which they drink almost every day of the holiday season. They’ve gotten together with Mrs. Claus to pull together their 10 all-time favorite ways to remix hot cocoa and provide their pointers for you. Cheers to cocoa!
- Gingerbread Jacuzzi
Put mini marshmallows on top of your hot chocolate, so they cover the entire surface. Then, stick in a homemade gingerbread man—it’ll look like he’s enjoying a soak in a chocolatey hot tub!
- Nuts for Hazelnut
For a hint of hazelnut in your hot cocoa, swap the chocolate in your favorite homemade cocoa recipe with ½ cup of chocolate hazelnut spread to create a recipe your family will go nuts for!
- A Touch of Cinnamon
Add ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon to your cup for a burst of holiday flavor. You can even sprinkle a little on top of some whipped cream for added flair.
- Crazy for Candy Canes
Chocolate and mint—what a divine combination! Crush up a few candy canes, and let them simmer in your hot chocolate to give your cocoa a minty taste. Top your mug with whipped cream, more crushed candy canes and chocolatey syrup!
- Mexican Hot Chocolate
This mug of cocoa is hot in more ways than one! To create a slightly spicy cocoa, add 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg and a pinch of cayenne pepper to your favorite homemade cocoa recipe to get a delicious south of the border treat.
- I’ll Have S’more!
Add marshmallow fluff to the rim of your mug, and dip it into crushed up graham crackers to create a delicious coated rim. Serve with marshmallows and a drizzle of chocolate syrup—don’t forget to save extra graham crackers for dipping!
- Hot Cocoa Toppers
Dress-up an ordinary cup of cocoa with festive toppers made using marshmallows. Check out the Scout Elves perfect recipes for polar bear, reindeer and snowman cocoa toppers.
- Sugar Cookie Cocoa
Add a few drops of vanilla and almond extract to your brew to create a cup of cocoa reminiscent of everyone’s other favorite holiday sweet—a warm sugar cookie! Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of coarse sugar.
- Cookies and Cream Cocoa
Top your piping hot cup of cocoa with a good dose of whipped cream, and sprinkle crushed cookies on top—just don’t forget to put a few aside for dunking!
- Fluffernutter Flair
If you love peanut butter cups, this is the recipe for you! This recipe is best executed by using a homemade cocoa recipe that requires stovetop prep. As you follow the recipe, whisk in 3 tablespoons of peanut butter and ¾ cup of marshmallow fluff until melted. Pour your cup of hot cocoa, and top with whipped cream, caramel drizzle and peanut butter cups. You could even add salted peanuts for extra crunch!
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These recipes may contain ingredients that can cause allergic reactions in certain individuals. Before using our recipes, always check the ingredient list and food labels of all ingredients and be sure to seek advice from a qualified physician if needed.