Keep yourself warm in the winter chill with a festive cup of hot chocolate! Did you know that hot chocolate originates as far back as the Aztec era (that’s over 2,000 years ago!)? In the 19th century, hot chocolate was used for medicinal purposes, to treat things such as stomach and liver problems.
Here are our five favourite hot chocolate recipes for the Christmas season:
1. Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
The ultimate comforting seasonal treat, pumpkin spice hot chocolate lightly infuses festive spices with a sweet edge. For a tempting sweet treat, top with whipped cream. The recipe only requires six simple ingredients and takes only minutes to make.
2. Nutella Hot Chocolate
A delicious take on the traditional hot chocolate, this Nutella hot chocolate will send you into a happy, cosy place. With a strong and distinct nutty aroma, only 4 ingredients are needed: milk, sugar, cocoa powder and Nutella. Serve with toppings of marshmallows, chocolate chips, hazelnuts, or if you’re feeling extra indulgent, even more Nutella…
3. Baileys Hot Chocolate
Definitely one for delighting your guests this Christmas! Although Baileys is often enjoyed “on the rocks”, why not try this winter warmer edition? Simply add 45ml of Baileys into a saucepan with milk and chopped up chocolate and stir. Top with freshly whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
4. White Hot Chocolate
This has just the right amount of sweetness and chocolate! You can use full-fat or low-fat cream (or 50/50!) for a smooth and creamy taste. Stir the milk, vanilla and white chocolate until it starts to bubble. Garnish with marshmallows and whipped cream. Cooking time is only 15 minutes and the vanilla extract adds a sharp but sweet tang.
5. Raspberry Hot Chocolate
A fruity tutti twist, raspberry hot chocolate takes just 10 minutes to make. Mix fresh raspberries, sugar and chocolate in a food processor before adding to the heated milk. Serve with chocolate curls, whipped cream and marshmallows.
Why not pick a Christmas Hamper to complement your festive hot chocolate drink? Take a look at our bountiful range here!