5 Festive Hot Chocolates for the Holidays

Ah, the holidays – time spent with family, cozying up under the blankets, watching classic movies, and indulging in decadent food and drinks. Nothing reminds me of the holidays more than hot chocolate. While this seasonal staple is always sure to please, hot chocolate is also very versatile and a great foundation to get creative.

Here are five unique, must-try versions to get you in the holiday spirit.

  1. Orange Hot Chocolate
  2. This creamy drink has a vibrant orange twist that complements winter citrus flavors found in many traditional holiday foods. The secret is infusing the milk with the orange peel for at least half an hour and using orange extract to taste to strengthen the infusion. Not a fan of orange and chocolate? Try raspberries instead for another delicious chocolate-and-fruit combination.

  3. Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
  4. It’s still PSL (aka Pumpkin Spice Latte) season, so why not transfer that to your hot chocolate, too? This interesting fusion marries the richness of hot chocolate with the autumn vibes of pumpkin spice. Canned pumpkin may sound strange, but it actually gives this drink a smooth, velvety texture without compromising the delicate pumpkin spice flavor. This is also a great alternative for the kiddos who want the PSL sans the espresso.

  5. Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
  6. Another synthesis of classic Christmas flavors and rich chocolatey taste, this version includes molasses, cinnamon and ginger for that hallmark gingerbread flavor. Dress up the mug with a cute gingerbread man garnish and some homemade whipped cream and enjoy the complex flavor profile of this festive hot chocolate.

  7. Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
  8. You’re probably familiar with Peppermint Hot Chocolate, but this version breaks from the traditional milk chocolate by using white chocolate instead. White chocolate pairs well with peppermint, making this drink reminiscent of peppermint bark – another holiday favorite. Garnish with candy canes, peppermint bark or even peppermint marshmallows for a beautiful presentation.

  9. Frozen Hot Chocolate
  10. If you’re one of those people who still orders iced coffee no matter the weather, this is the hot chocolate for you – although “hot” is a misnomer. Milk, hot chocolate mix and ice are blended together for a frozen treat with all the richness of traditional hot chocolate and none of the heat.

These recipes are great for kids, entertaining or even spicing up your ordinary holiday drink menu. Whether you prefer the classic recipe or opt for something more festive, hot chocolate is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

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By Dana Omari, RDN, LDN

Dana Omari is a registered dietitian and believer in preventive nutrition. She is a member of the American and Texas Academies of Nutrition and Dietetics. When she’s not working, Dana volunteers for Homemade Hope and Champagne and Yoga. Learn more about Dana here.

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