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Make your own hot cocoa – it’s better!




From foreground, fluffernutter hot cocoa, five-spice ginger hot cocoa and white peppermint hot cocoa are seen in Concord, N.H. Without too much extra effort, a glass of homemade hot cocoa will have a unique and satisfying taste you will embrace. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

From foreground, fluffernutter hot cocoa, five-spice ginger hot cocoa and white peppermint hot cocoa are seen in Concord, N.H. Without too much extra effort, a glass of homemade hot cocoa will have a unique and satisfying taste you will embrace. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

Admittedly, crafting your own hot cocoa is slightly more work than popping open a can of powder and mixing it with hot milk (or worse… water).

But it is so worth the effort. If nothing else, at least doctor the powdered stuff with a dash of cinnamon, a spoonful of marshmallow Fluff , a spoonful of whipped cream or a quick grate of nutmeg (or ever better, all of them).

If you are willing to go to a bit extra trouble, there are numerous ways to crank out a fantastic cocoa that will still have you snuggled in front of the fire in no time.

Nutella Cinnamon
Hot Cocoa


Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

1 cup whole milk
1/3 cup Nutella
Pinch cinnamon
Pinch salt

In a small saucepan over medium, heat the milk until hot but not boiling. Whisk in the Nutella, cinnamon and salt. Whisk until the Nutella is completely melted.

Fluff ernutter
Hot Cocoa


Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup Fluff (marshmallow
sandwich spread), plus extra for
topping
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup peanut butter chips
In a small saucepan over medium, heat the milk until hot but not boiling. Whisk in the Fluff, chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Whisk until completely melted and smooth. To serve, top with additional Fluff .

Five-Spice Ginger
Hot Cocoa


Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch five-spice powder

In a small saucepan over medium, heat the milk until hot but not boiling. Whisk in the honey, cocoa powder, ginger and fivespice powder. Whisk until completely smooth.

White Peppermint
Hot Cocoa


Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

In a small saucepan over medium, heat the milk until hot but not boiling. Whisk in the chocolate chips and peppermint extract. Whisk until completely smooth.

Saff ron Vanilla
Hot Cocoa


Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

1 cup whole milk
Pinch saff ron threads
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a small saucepan over medium, heat the milk and saff ron until hot but not boiling. Whisk in the chocolate chips and vanilla extract. Whisk until completely smooth.

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