Now that it’s cooling down outside, I am so excited to snuggle up with my family and enjoy these 20 Festive and Easy Hot Chocolate Recipes!
How to Make Homemade Hot Cocoa a Family Tradition
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Making homemade hot cocoa is one of my favorite Christmas traditions…one that extends all winter long!
Every Christmas Eve we sit together as a family, read the Christmas Story, and drink hot cocoa together, before the kids have a slumber party sleeping around the Christmas tree. Then we carry them off to bed once they are fast asleep, so Santa can do his thing!
One of our friends also hosts an annual gingerbread house decorating party the same night that our town holds its annual tree lighting in front of town hall. Each family brings a gingerbread house to decorate, and a dish to share at my friend’s house, and then we go to the tree lighting. This year I am going to bring a portable hot cocoa bar as my “dish”, consisting of: a cute holiday tray to hold everything on her counter, festive travel coffee cups, cocoa, marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, and crushed candy canes. Then, we can all have a warm cup of cocoa to enjoy as we walk up to the tree lighting!
I love how hot chocolate is an easy, affordable treat that helps tie any event or holiday outing together. My hope is that these traditions are something that my children will remember and hold dear, to share with their own family one day.
Now, on to the cocoa recipes!
Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipes
- Inspired by Family Mag has great tips for making hot chocolate sweet and creamy, using only three ingredients!
- If you haven’t seen hot chocolate on a stick, you might want to check out this recipe from Makes and Takes! This makes the sweetest DIY holiday gift, or treat to serve at a school party!
- Have a crockpot? If you said yes, you will want to check out this crockpot hot cocoa recipe from Simplistically Living.
- Want some Spicy Hot Chocolate? Check out Better Homes and Garden’s recipe, calling for chipotle chili powder, and more!
- Do your kids prefer a milky hot cocoa? Mine do and they love stirring Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows into steamed milk. Head on over to Rose Bakes and You Can, Too for the recipe!
Easy Cocoa Recipes
- Have dairy-intolerant kiddos? Try Babble‘s dairy/gluten-free hot chocolate recipe.
- Another “stirring” option, is to create a batch of chocolate spoons, with this tutorial from Two Shades of Pink. Just stir these into hot water/milk for a fresh cup!
- Hot Coco made from ice cream? Yes, you can with this recipe from Sweet Recipeas. And yes, it’s “hot” and yes, you’ll want seconds!
- Don’t forget a fun and festive snack for the moms at your next playdate! Try making coffee with Italian sweet cream or mocha, from Inspiration Laboratories.
- The Hungry Housewife has a recipe for Nutella hot chocolate! Need we say more? Two of my favorites combined into a drink –yummy!
Quick and Easy Hot Chocolate
- Peanut Butter + Chocolate = Win! This drink from Dinner with Julie is great for a couple of my kids who struggle with getting enough protein (and are on the low percentile).
- This drink mix is inexpensive to make and tastes gourmet! Make a batch of Seed at the Table‘s salted caramel cocoa mix.
- What a fun way to gift drink mixes – add the ingredients in a plastic icing bag to make a “drink cone”, with this idea from Designs with Heart.
- Mel’s Kitchen Cafe‘s hot chocolate truffles are delicious, and a wonderful DIY gift ideas! Drop one of these balls into a glass of coconut milk, almond milk, or regular steamed. They are terrific solo, too!
- Framed Cook‘s baked hot chocolate is basically a hot chocolate mug cake. These would be a wonderful gift to pass along to a neighbor this holiday season!
Hot Chocolate Recipes for the Holidays
- We live in Texas, and some December days are too hot for true hot cocoa. A Beautiful Mess‘s frozen hot chocolate is a great option for warm days.
- Use hot cocoa to make fudgsicles with this recipe from Chocolate, Chocolate and More. Just pour the mix into popsicle molds, freeze, and enjoy!
- Delish‘s recipe for hot chocolate pudding uses a touch of orange zest to add a little zing. This is a great option for kids who want hot chocolate without the “hot”.
- Cookies are great to dip – especially if they are hot cocoa cookies! Check out the recipe over on Baked Bree.
- Make your own marshmallows to go with that hot chocolate! We are loving this this homemade peppermint marshmallows tutorial from Beantown Bakers!
More Christmas Recipes and Crafts!
- Christmas Tree Pudding Cups
- Christmas Preschool Craft with Playdough Gingerbread Men
- Kid-Made Christmas Wreath
- Christmas Tree Cheese Ball
- Crockpot Christmas: 30 Holiday Slow Cooker Recipes
- 75+ Christmas Cookie Recipes You Have to Try!
- 40+ Fun Christmas Treats to Make with Your Family
What is your family’s favorite winter/ holiday tradition? Comment below!