There’s nothing quite like a big, steaming mug of hot chocolate to warm up on a cold day. In fact, Jan. 31 is set aside just for drinking cocoa. That’s right: it’s National Hot Chocolate Day.
Now, you could keep it simple and celebrate the day with a store-bought packet of cocoa mixed into hot water. But you could also try one of the many homemade hot chocolate recipes out there. That way, you can make up your own batch of the best homemade hot chocolate mix.
Or opt to eat your hot chocolate instead by baking up a pan or two of hot chocolate cookies (yes, they’re topped with marshmallows). Keep the oven going by making hot chocolate muffins and hot chocolate brownies.
Nix the packets in favor of making your own homemade hot chocolate mix with this recipe from Kitchen Meets Girl. You can double or triple this version so that you have plenty to last the whole winter long. Or make extras to give away as gifts.
For something creamier than regular chocolate, try this homemade white hot chocolate from Gimme Some Oven. In a saucepan, heat up milk, chopped white chocolate and a hint of vanilla extract. Make sure not to let the mixture come to a boil. Pour into mugs and serve topped with a generous helping of whipped cream.
Sure, peanut butter and chocolate make for great candy bars – but what about pairing them together for a cold-weather treat? That’s right: This recipe from Eat, Live, Run for peanut butter hot chocolate mixes in chunky or creamy peanut butter (your choice) to create an unforgettable treat.
Capture all the goodness of a cup of hot chocolate complete with a gooey marshmallow on top. These hot chocolate cookies from Averie Cooks are fun to make – and even more fun to eat. For the cookie batter, melt together butter and chocolate chips before stirring in brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add in dry ingredients, including flour, baking powder and salt. Form the dough around a piece of chocolate and bake with half of a marshmallow on top.
What to serve with a big cup of hot chocolate? What about one of these Starbucks hot cocoa chocolate chip muffins from Babble? The muffin batter includes plenty of cocoa powder and then a big scoop of chocolate chips. These muffins freeze well – if, that is, you have any leftovers.
Use everyone’s favorite drink as the inspiration for this “hot” chocolate cake from Betty Crocker. The base is a moist, chocolate cake that gets its richness from buttermilk and its “heat” from ground red pepper. Once baked, top with bittersweet ganache that also includes ground red pepper. For the final step, add white chocolate ganache.
This post was originally published in 2013 and is updated regularly.