Gourmet Hot Chocolate

Gourmet Hot Chocolate

Here is my fun list of Gourmet Hot Chocolate ideas, most of them can even be made with the contents in your very own pantry. 

Did you know that National Hot Cocoa Day is December 13th? Well, I love hot cocoa this time of year. I find no better reason to celebrate this day, since it’s a National Day after all. As you can see we had a little bit of weather last weekend which worked out great for the photo shoot. I just moved everything outside and was super happy we were photographing hot chocolate. One cup for me two for the pictures, it worked out great . 

I wanted to create a gourmet list of Hot Chocolate ideas similar to what I did with my Smore Recipes posted back in October. I really like the idea of taking ordinary childhood treats and elevating them to be extraordinary and special level for a fun culinary experience. Plus making them into a adult version of a lot of fun too, wink wink.

This is my basic base Hot Chocolate Recipe, which makes about 4-6 cups:


10 oz  semi sweet chocolate chips

1  1/2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

4 cups milk (you can also substitute in 2 cups of half & half, or 1 cup of heavy cream for a richer texture)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

PREPARATION – Mix together the dry ingredients – chocolate, sugar, salt, and add 3 tablespoons from your milk cup, in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk until cocoa and sugar are dissolved, then add in the rest of the milk and heat it over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until it is hot. Stir in the vanilla, top with whipped cream and serve.

Even if you decided not to make your own from scratch and use a packet or pod, Here’s how to take your hot chocolate up a level. Theses add in recipes are per cup – so you can use these on a hot cocoa bar for the holidays:

  • Hazelnut –Stir in 1 Tablespoon of Nutella – Sprinkle with Crushed Hazelnuts. (Grown Up version add shot of Frangelica.) 
  • Chocolate Orange – Melt in 1 square of Orange chocolate Garnish with orange peel or slices. (Grown Up version add shot of Grand Marnier.) 
  • Peppermint – Add 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract.  Add mint leaves and crushed peppermints to the top, a peppermint patty would also be a fun cup garnish. (Grown Up version add shot of Peppermint Schnapps.) 
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberry – Stir in 1 Tablespoon of Strawberry Jam. (Grown Up version add shot of Ameretto.) 
  • Smore’ – Top with Mini Chocolate chips, marshmallow and graham cracker sticks for dipping. (Grown Up version add shot of Bailey’s.)
  • Spicy Aztec – Add 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon & nutmeg, plus a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper. (Grown Up version add shot of Patron Cafe’.)
  • Pumpkin Spice – Stir in 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin spice and gingerbread cookie garnish. (Grown Up version add shot of William Wolf Pecan Bourbon.)
  • Cookies & Cream – Add whipped cream to top with crushed up Oreo and Chips Ahoy. (Grown Up version add shot of Godiva White Chocolate Liquor) 
  • Peanut Butter Cup – Stir in 1 Tablespoon of Peanut Butter – Garnish with whipped cream and a Reese’s cup. (Grown Up version add shot of William Wolf Pecan Bourbon.) 

You may have noticed that I added the “Grown Up” adult add in’s above in italics. I found this just to be simpler way to show that these recipes can be altered and revamped into a sweet grown up treat as well.
A couple more adult versions that can not be translated into a non alcoholics version  include:

  • Stout Chocolate – add in a a stout beer of your choice in a 50 % ration to the hot chocolate base mix. Chocolate covered pretzel stir sticks are a must for this one.
  • Choco Vino  add in a rich deep merlot wine to a semi sweet dark chocolate base. Top with dark chocolate shavings.

 P.S. Don’t Forget the cookies & Pin me for later!!!!




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  14. I am sorry I missed Hot Cocoa Day, but these are some great ways to make your pain Jane Hot chocolate into something special. Great list chocked full of tasty ideas, for mere pennies. Great post my friend.

  15. I love orange especially in dark chocolate, what a good idea for a hot chocolate for the refined taste buds

  16. I agree I like the contrast with the touch of chili powder and cayenne, it is such a nice addition to the chocolate.

  17. I love that you have different recipes for different flavors of hot chocolate. The Spicy Aztec has to be my favorite because I like a little kick.

  18. Oh my gosh, the girls are going to love these ideas when they come home for Christmas. That smores version sounds yummy! Pretty sure they are going to want Baileys for an added treat!

  19. This all looks amazing! Can’t wait to try these out 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Sounds amazing. Love how you have recreated the normal hot chocolate, will definitely be making this one over the holidays. Thanks for sharing.!

  21. That sounds tasty! Way better than store bought packets. I bet that’s perfect for snow day off work with the family.

  22. I’m not an expert of chocolates but I have quite knowledge about it. This organic 70% dark chocolate with orange flavor is perfect for those who loves the aroma and savour of orange on their hot chocolates. It would be perfect for me personally if I add Baileys on it 😉

  23. You had me at ‘chocolate’! All of this looks amazing and your photographs are beautiful. Have you heard of the danish term “Hygge”? If not, you should look it up. I think you have mastered it!

  24. Hot Chocolate is my favorite part of Winter. I will definitely be trying at least a few of these additions this year!

  25. Oh wow this looks so pretty and yummy! I love hot cocoa! My go to winter hot drink besides tea!

  26. Awesome post! Really love the idea of adding some Grand Marnier and orange slice, will definitely be trying this out on December 13th!

  27. Well these all sound amazing! As a huge Reese’s fan I’ll defo by trying to make the peanut butter one 😍😋☕

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