Hot Cocoa Recipes

30 Hot Cocoa Recipes to Warm You Up This Winter

It’s that time of year throughout much of the country, when one or two steps outside makes you crave something warm and toasty. So we’re bringing you a plethora of hot cocoa recipes to choose from.

But First a Little History

Hot chocolate has been a source of strength and wellness for thousands of years. Legend has it that people began drinking hot cocoa as far back as 3,000 to 4,000 years ago. It began in Mexico, where cacao plants were first grown. They would ground cacao pieces, mix them with water, and drink them. The Mexican people quickly discovered that this drink gave them energy, and soon it was thought of as sacred. Generations later, when Mexico was conquered by Spain, the drink became popularized in Europe.

Hot cocoa was even used as a remedy for soldiers during the Revolutionary War and for some of this nation’s most famous explorers. Though today it is more widely used as a treat than a remedy, hot chocolate has been a favorite in the United States ever since.

Perhaps you still go for the simple hot cocoa recipes that your mom used to make, or maybe you prefer to spice things up a bit. No matter what your taste preference, there’s something for everyone on this list of 30 hot cocoa recipes to help you stay warm this winter.

30 Hot Cocoa Recipes

  1. Black Forest Hot Chocolate
  2. Butterscotch Hot Chocolate
  3. Chai Spiced Cocoa
  4. Chocolate Hazelnut Hot Cocoa
  5. Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
  6. Crème Brulee White Hot Chocolate
  7. Crockpot Caramel White Hot Chocolate
  8. Decadently Thick Italian Hot Chocolate
  9. Easy Mexican Hot Chocolate
  10. Eggnog Hot Chocolate
  11. Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
  12. Mint & White Chocolate Hot Cocoa
  13. Minty Coconut Hot Chocolate
  14. Nutella Hot Cocoa
  15. Orange Hot Chocolate
  16. Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa
  17. Peppermint Hot Chocolate
  18. Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa
  19. Red Velvet Hot Chocolate
  20. Rum Chata Hot Chocolate
  21. Slow Cooker Almond Joy Hot Cocoa
  22. Snickerdoodle Hot Cocoa
  23. Spiced Golden Milk Hot Cocoa
  24. Strawberry White Hot Chocolate
  25. Sweet & Creamy Crock Pot Hot Cocoa
  26. Turmeric Hot Cocoa
  27. Vegan Hot Chocolate
  28. Unicorn Hot Chocolate
  29. White Chocolate Peppermint Hot Cocoa
  30. White Hot Chocolate

Though we’re fairly certain that the Aztecs weren’t drinking either Snickerdoodle or Unicorn hot chocolate, they weren’t busy sledding, snow tubing, or building snowmen, were they?

So enjoy one of these hot chocolate recipes, because even in the bitter cold, some still like it hot!

Jessica Cohen is a health coach, a greener living enthusiast, and an advocate of social good. On her website,, she provides tips for being kinder to yourself, to others, and to the planet. Additionally, Jessica enjoys consulting with like-minded companies to create site concepts, develop editorial and social media calendars, ghost write, publish press releases, and run successful outreach campaigns. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram at EatSleepBe.

Which one of these hot cocoa recipes will you try? Do you have some other favorite winter drinks? Let us know below or on Facebook and Twitter.