One of the best parts of winter is having an excuse to drink hot cocoa on the daily. Lucky for us, the days of pre-packaged mixes are long gone. Now you can treat yourself to hot cocoa made with coconut milk, white chocolate or even peanut butter. Whether you’ve been hitting the slopes hard or need to relax after a day of holiday shopping, these hot cocoa recipes are sure to warm you up, both body and soul.


1. Creamy Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate: If you’re making hot chocolate for a crowd, this is the way to go. Let milk, pumpkin pie spices and cocoa simmer in the slow cooker while you decorate the tree. (via Let’s Dish)

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2. Hot Chocolate Rice Pudding With Tamarindo Candy: Hot cocoa is delicious on its own, but it’s even more fun when in dessert form. Leftover rice will never look the same. (via Donuts+Bolts)


3. Mudslide Hot Chocolate: Santa might need a little pick-me up after delivering gifts all night. Kahlua and Bailey’s Irish Cream make this a delicious adult version of the traditional classic. (via Lemons for Lulu)


4. Hot Chocolate Affogato: For those times when you can’t decide between hot chocolate and ice cream for dessert, opt for both. This drink is the best of both worlds. (via Baking a Moment)


5. Spiced Hot Chocolate: Skip the pre-packaged hot chocolate and make your own from real, whole foods. Add anise and cinnamon for a special holiday flavor. (via Green Healthy Cooking)


6. Coconut White Hot Chocolate: Winter is the one time of year white chocolate gets its due. It tastes like it was made for coconut in this toasty beverage. (via Lemons for Lulu)

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7. Mexican Hot Chocolate: If you’re looking for a spicy alternative to your morning coffee, go for this hot cocoa instead. The spices are sure to wake you up, and the chocolate will get you ready for the day. (via Lauren Kelp)


8. Maple Sea Salt Hot Chocolate: You only need five ingredients for this Paleo and vegan treat. The sea salt and chocolate were *made* for each other. (via Fit Foodie Finds)


9. Nutella Hot Chocolate + Marshmallow Sandwiches: If tomato soup and grilled cheese is the comfort meal of winter, this is definitely the comfort dessert. (via Brit + Co)


10. Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate: Out of ideas for what to bring to a holiday party or potluck? Bring the ingredients and your slow cooker along for this yummy hot chocolate and save all the hours you would have spent baking cookies for your family and friends. (via Simply Stacie)


11. Pisco-Spiked Dulce de Leche Hot Chocolate: Ever wonder what hot chocolate is like in different countries? Pisco, a traditional South American liquor, perfectly complements dulce de leche in this delightful treat. (via F & B Department)

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12. Decadently Thick Italian Hot Chocolate: This hot chocolate tastes like it came straight from Willy Wonka’s factory. It’s one of the richest desserts you’ll ever have, and it’s just as delicious served cold. (via The Stay at Home Chef)

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13. Cookie Butter Hot Cocoa Ice Cream Floats: If you thought traditional hot chocolate couldn’t get any better, you haven’t added ice cream or addictive cookie butter. After one sip, you may never go back to your old ways. (via Hungry Couple NYC)


14. Hot Chocolate on a Stick: Keep a batch of these at the ready and all you’ll need to do is warm up milk for a glass of hot chocolate on demand. (via Brit + Co)


15. Homemade Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate: This creamy drink is Paleo and vegan-friendly and will have you wondering why you weren’t making your hot cocoa with coconut milk sooner. (via Ambitious Kitchen)

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