Decadent Hot Chocolate

There is nothing better than a warm cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day. I wanted to make hot chocolate a bit more interesting. The basic hot cocoa recipe will remain the same but we can definitely jazz it up a bit. I find that rimming a glass mug with peppermint, crumbled cookies or graham crackers is always a great way to fancy up hot chocolate. This can also be done ahead of time so all you have to do is make the hot chocolate. Rim the mug with graham cracker crumbs, pour in hot chocolate, add marshmallows and use a torch to ignite the marshmallows and you have my version of S’mores Hot Chocolate. It is also fun to put out a hot chocolate bar for friends and family. to help themselves. Make the hot chocolate and place in a thermos to keep warm, rim several mugs with various toppings like peppermint, oreo crumbs, graham cracker crumbs, mini M&M’s, etc… Put out cinnamon sticks, peppermint sticks, marshmallows, whipped cream. I also put out Baileys, Kahlua, Brandy and Chambord for the adults to mix in for a grown up hot chocolate. Let your imagination go and have fun with it!

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Decadent Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Rim

Creamy, rich hot chocolate gets an added kick by rimming the mug with peppermint
Prep Time10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hot cocoa, hot chocolate
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 371kcal


  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream or milk
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • ½ cup crushed peppermint
  • vanilla frosting


  • Rim mug with vanilla frosting
  • Dip mug into crushed peppermint
  • Mix cocoa, sugar, vanilla, salt and milk into a paste
  • Pour in warm milk and stir
  • Top with mini marshmallows or whipped cream if desired


Serving: 1cup | Sodium: 119mg | Calcium: 309mg | Vitamin A: 836IU | Sugar: 37g | Fiber: 4g | Potassium: 487mg | Cholesterol: 66mg | Calories: 371kcal | Saturated Fat: 12g | Fat: 21g | Protein: 10g | Carbohydrates: 43g | Iron: 2mg

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