15 Best Ways To Upgrade Your Hot Chocolate - Tasting Table (2023)

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There is perhaps no better cold-weather beverage than a nice hot chocolate. Mesoamericans were the first society to start drinking hot chocolate, per the Smithsonian Magazine, but the method of adding chocolate (or proto-cocoa) to a warmed liquid eventually became global in scope. The beverage didn't actually evolve into the sweetened version until much later in history when sugar was more widely available after the Industrial Revolution (via the Institute of Culinary Education).

The hot chocolate beverage as we know it today is typically made from commercialized powder with cocoa, milk, sweetener, and anti-caking agents. Once the liquid, typically milk or water, is warmed, the powder dissolves into the liquid. Although hot chocolate is frequently topped with sweet marshmallows or whipped cream, there are global variations in the way people around the world drink hot chocolate.Here are our favorite ways to upgrade the coziest of hot chocolate drinks this season!

Make it boozy

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The easiest way to make something better? Add booze. You can make your hot chocolate boozy by adding your choice of rum, whiskey, or Kahlua to the cocoa mug. If you go the boozy route, we recommend finding compatible flavors between the alcohol and any extra additions you put in your hot chocolate.For example, Dominique Ansel's Dark and Stormy spiked hot chocolate combines crystallized ginger, dark rum, and sea salt for a crafty yet chocolatey night-time beverage. If you're craving the experience of an after-dinner mint, try a take on a mint julep by melting down mint chocolate with a splash of bourbon.

Although the No-Mad Bar in New York City has since closed, we still think about itsfernet and Chartreuse spikedhot chocolate made with a salted hot chocolate base Angostura whipped cream.The hot chocolate base is a recipe you can still enjoy without the alcohol involved — you'll just need to combine cream, sugar, water, 55% chocolate, 72% chocolate (for a more pronounced chocolate flavor), and vanilla beans. You can allow vanilla beans to sit in the hot chocolate mix for several days for a stronger vanilla undertone.

Swap traditional marshmallows with flavored ones

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Kraft's Jet-Puffed brand is one of our favorites for its texture, sweetness, and shelf stability. This year, the brand released two limited edition flavors: pumpkin spice and candy corn. If you're not feeling the fall vibes from these two flavors, you can look to Jet Puff's other flavors like strawberry, which we recommend pairing with a strawberry sauce drizzle for a play on a chocolate-covered strawberry. Peppermint is another popular marshmallow flavor for both Trader Joe'sand Kraft. Add peppermint marshmallows with some shaved candy canes for a wintery hot chocolate delight.

If you are looking for vegan marshmallows (since most other brands contain gelatin), we recommend purchasing Dandies. Although we've found the Dandies brand to be a bit more gritty than the Kraft Jet-Puffed, the vanilla and the sweetness of these marshmallows really shine through. Plus, you can purchase Dandies in maple, peppermint, and pumpkin flavors.

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If you're looking for a more local (and flavorful) marshmallow, we can't skip mentioning Nomadic Kitchen. Owner Alexx Shurman ships her crafted flavored 'mallows across the country in flavors including dulce de leche, spiced pumpkin, and gingerbread. Her recommendation for the best marshmallow flavor for hot cocoa? The nostalgic toasty vanilla — because some things are just too perfect to change.

Use Nutella for a creamier chocolate flavor

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Nutella is the perfect creamy chocolate spread for sandwiches and baked goods, but did you know you could also use Nutella to flavor your hot chocolate? Nutella imparts a wonderfully creamy and decadent level to hot chocolate you wouldn't expect from a powdered mix alone.

If you want to make hot chocolate with Nutella, you'll first want to bring your milk up to a simmering temperature. Simmering, rather than boiling, is important to ensure the ingredients are all incorporated into the milk without separation. Per PA Eats, you should slowly stir in your hot chocolate mix-ins (Nutella included) to help preserve the foam on top of the beverage. Alternatively, you can use an immersion blender to combine your simmering milk of choice with the Nutella. If you constantly keep the Nutella moving, it won't stick to the bottom of the pan and burn.

Add an element of heat with chili peppers

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Chocolate and chili have known one another since the Mayans. Bringing the flavor of fatty chocolate with the heat of chili powder is widespread in many chocolate shops —mostly because the chocolate and the chili have a similar flavor profile (via MasterClass). It's the same reason why the chocolate and the spicy peppers in mole sauce work well together, or why folks will add cocoa powder to steaming beef chili.

Seattle Gummy Company recommends using powder from the ancho chili,chipotle, cayenne pepper, Aleppo pepper, or guajillo, while Brandon Kida,executive chef at Hinoki & the Birdin Los Angeles recommends adding dried pulla chilis to hot chocolate. These types of powders are not overly spicy, so you won't have to reach for a glass of cold milk to counteract the spices. You should mix your chili powder in with the hot chocolate mix as it's cooking to allow the flavors to incorporate.

Go rogue and make OREO hot chocolate instead

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After Dunkin' released OREO hot chocolate in 2016, we haven't been able to stop talking about how perfect the flavors of the OREO cookie and hot chocolate are together. And you can make your own cookies and creme-inspired hot chocolate at home with a few simple ingredients. Heat milk in a skillet to a simmer before adding the hot chocolate powder. Then, you'll want to put a couple of sandwich cookies into a high-powered blender or food processor and pulse until super fine. Then, add the OREO powder to the hot chocolate mixture, constantly stirring to prevent the pieces from chunking up and sticking to the bottom of the pan.

After the mixture is mixed through, pour the hot chocolate into your favorite campfire mug and top with whipped cream and a couple of larger cookie chunks. You may not drink hot chocolate the same way ever again after you add OREOs!

Toast your marshmallow topping with a blow torch

You might not think of your blowtorch as a vital component to the most aesthetic mug of hot chocolate you've ever seen. Brûléeing your marshmallows provide both textural contrast and subtle burnt flavor notes to your hot chocolate. Alexx Shurman, the owner of Vermont's marshmallow confectioneryNomadic Kitchen, recommends skipping the fancy brûlée torches from online retailers, "Just go to Lowes, grab a canister of propane, and a Benzomatic torch head," Shurman notes. The resulting brûlée will be much more consistent — not to mention cheaper.

Getting the mechanics of toasting the marshmallow down can be a bit tricky. Shurman recommends placing the marshmallows on top of a ceramic mug and sticking to just toasting the tops. "A toasted marshmallow isn't going to melt easily in cocoa, so by just torching the tops, you'll get the gorgeous, brûléed, roasty-toastiness on top, but still create magical, melty goodness on the bottom," Shurman notes.

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Add an espresso shot

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Hey Joe Coffee notes that the espresso and hot chocolate combination was most recently recognized as a Dunkaccino after it was popularized by the Dunkin' franchise. The original Dunkaccino, Hey Joe Coffee notes, was made with a mixture of sugar, creamer, sweet cream, cocoa, whey powder, and instant coffee. This concoction allowed the beverage to be served frozen along with Dunkin's Fudgeaccino.

Although the Dunkaccino may be discontinued at the franchises, you can make your own at home by adding a shot (or more) of espresso to your hot chocolate. The flavor of the espresso complements the dark chocolate notes and gives the impression that you're actually drinking a mocha latte. Plus, who doesn't need an extra boost of caffeine to get through another long study session? Add your espresso shot to the hot chocolate mix while it's steaming. Then, pour the concoction into a glass and serve with whipped cream and dark chocolate-covered espresso beans.

Pour hot chocolate over ice cream for an affogato-style treat

An affogato is a traditional Italian coffee beverage made by melting a shot of espresso over a scoop of gelato. But what happens when you use hot chocolate for an affogato instead of espresso?

To make your affogato work, you'll want to be sure of a few things. First, your hot chocolate needs to be piping hot before it is poured over the gelato (or ice cream). Keeping your gelato as cold as possible is vital in preventing the affogato from turning into a soppy mess immediately. You can pre-scoop and freeze your mugs beforehand to help slow the melting process. Next, you'll want to be wary of your ratio of gelato to hot chocolate. Most cafe-style affogatos use one scoop of ice cream per shot of espresso. The Food Networkrecommends using 1 pint of ice cream per 2 cups of hot chocolate. When pouring the hot chocolate into mugs or teacups, pour small amounts at a time to prevent swamping the gelato.

Swirl salted caramel

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Salted caramel is the perfect nuanced-flavor upgrade for your hot chocolate. Plus, adding a salted caramel drizzle to your mug gives off some ambient Twix vibes.

To make your own salted caramel sauce at home, you'll only need a few ingredients: butter, vanilla extract, brown sugar, heavy whipping cream, and, of course, sea salt. Fine sea salt provides a crunchier texture, but Kosher or table salt are suitable options as well. Whisk the ingredients together over medium-low heat to darken the caramel flavors and bring out stronger aromatics. If the heat is too high, the sauce may get grainy. After cooling the sauce to room temperature, you can drizzle it on the inside of a tempered glass, add your hot chocolate, and finish with whipped cream and more caramel drizzle. Oh, and we won't judge if you sprinkle some flaky sea salt on top of your finished beverage for good measure.

Substitute dairy-free milk

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Most hot chocolate is made with 2% milk, although some folks add a combination of full-fat whipping cream or half-and-half for a creamier taste. But adding a plant-based milk substitute can make drinking hot chocolate a little easier on your stomach. We recommend using oat milk or coconut milk for the creaminess. You can also add an extra bit of fat (and coconut flavor) by adding coconut cream to the saucepan as you're heating the milk. Almond milk contains fewer calories than the aforementioned substitutes, but overheating may cause the milk to emit a bitter taste. You can use any of these types of dairy-free milk instead of dairy milk with a 1-to-1 substitution.

If you're looking for a dairy-free hot chocolate powder, we recommend buying Swiss Miss' dairy-free hot chocolate powder. The flavors of this powder are just like a traditional Swiss Miss pack — just without the dried milk. It's a suitable hot chocolate mix for vegans, gluten-free, and soy-free folks as well.

Use a high-quality bar of dark chocolate for more flavor

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Dark chocolate is a much more grown-up flavor than milk chocolate — and it can make all the difference in your hot chocolate recipe. If your chocolate is of high enough quality, you can omit using supplemental hot chocolate powder, per The Takeout. Chef Edward Kim recommends using dark chocolate between 65% and 75% cacao with a ratio of 3 ounces of chocolate per 8 ounces (1 cup) of milk (via The Takeout). Once the milk is steaming, Kim recommends breaking the chocolate into tiny squares before adding it to the milk and stirring until smooth and frothy.

Pastry chefJennifer Paul, on the other hand, recommends adding a tiny piece of white chocolate to the mix (via The Takeout). Paul notes the white chocolate adds a bit of smooth contrast to the depth of dark chocolate — it's especially delicious with a few drops of vanilla extract steamed into the milk.

Try making whipped hot chocolate

Whipped coffee (also known as Dalgona coffee) was an early viral trend of the COVID-19 pandemic, but how does the method stand up to a beverage like hot chocolate? The answer, according to Instagramer Tatas and Tastings, is very, very well. While some of the exact recipes for this viral hot chocolate trendvary, most recipes require hot chocolate powder, heavy cream, and sugar. Some gurus, like TikToker @isolationbaking, recommend adding Cadberry powder to the mix for an additional chocolate flavor.

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You'll want to use equal parts of all the ingredients in this whipped hot chocolate recipe —similar to Dalgona coffee. After the ingredients are mixed, whip with an electric whisk until the texture resembles that of whipped cream. After the hot chocolate is whipped, it can be added to the top of a traditional hot chocolate drink, or consumed cold with a pour of milk on top. Don't forget the marshmallows, either!

Add warming spices for gingerbread hot chocolate

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Cinnamon is one spice commonly associated with hot chocolate — and for a very historic reason. According to Veggie Desserts, the Mayans and Aztecs commonly infused spices like cinnamon intoxocolatl (the hot chocolate), likely for anti-inflammatory benefits and flavor. You can use cinnamon, along with other spices like ground ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, to make a gingerbread hot chocolate recipe at home. Besides the spices, you may notice another unconventional ingredient in the hot chocolate: molasses. Molasses is used as a thickener for the chocolate, as well as for a stronger, gingerbread-like flavor. The addition of a gingerbread spice mix to the cocoa, which includes cinnamon, allspice, cloves, cardamom, and nutmeg (via Happy Foods Tube), provides a subtle heat and warmth that makes the hot chocolate flavors more pronounced.

We recommend adding a cinnamon stick to your finished gingerbread hot chocolate, both for a hint of spice and its aesthetic value.

Freeze your hot chocolate

Frozen hot chocolate isn't exactly a milkshake, but rather a blend of icy pieces that is more-so like a creamy slushy from a convenience store. To make a frozen hot chocolateat home, you'll want to first cook and cool your hot chocolate before adding it to ice molds (or a baking pan, depending on the size of your blender). Freeze the cubes until solid before adding to a blender and pulsing until smooth. If you want to add a little bit of alcohol to make a wintery take on a frosé, the folks at The Roof in NYC recommend usingreposado tequila andGrand Marnier along with a bit of spice from cayenne pepper and cinnamon.

If you plan on making hot chocolate at home but don't want to go through the laborious process of cooking and cooling the hot chocolate, you can use Pacific Foods non-dairy chocolate-hazelnut beverage. The drink is super creamy and great for cocoa in a pinch.

Play with the sweetness and fats for your perfect hot chocolate

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Kevin Pang, former founder and editor-in-chief ofThe Takeout, swears by adding sweetened condensed milk to his hot chocolate. Condensed milkhas much more sugar than evaporated milk, but both products have about 60% of their water removed during processing. If you plan on using sweetened condensed milk in your hot chocolate, you may want to play with the other sweetened ingredients in your hot chocolate, like if you're using semi-sweet chocolate or hot chocolate mix, to prevent crafting a beverage that is too sweet (although, we question if that exists with a hot chocolate).

If you want to have a hot chocolate with significantly less sweetness but the same level of creaminess, you're better off trying to add evaporated milk to your hot chocolate. The flavor of evaporated milk is more pronounced than heavy cream or half-and-half, plus the canned milk is more shelf-stable for you to have on-hand when you need it.


How can I upgrade my hot chocolate? ›

An easy way to add extra flavor to any cup of cocoa—be it out of the box or homemade—is to add a touch of your favorite spices. A sprinkle of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg or even cayenne can all be welcome warming additions.

Is hot chocolate good for studying? ›

A new study has found that drinking hot chocolate could temporarily boost a person's intelligence. Researchers at The University of Birmingham in England recently studied 18 healthy men, and those who were given cocoa to drink temporarily performed some cognitive tasks better than those who weren't.

How do you serve a large amount of hot chocolate? ›

Or my favorite way is I mix up a whole dang jar of it like one of this size jar. We have I'm using

How do you make a hot chocolate station? ›

Warm the milk (or dairy alternative) in a milk frother. Pour into a large mug and add your choice of hot chocolate flakes, powder, or syrup. Stir well. Add your chosen toppings such as whipped cream, sauce, sprinkles, marshmallows, or nuts.

What food goes well with hot chocolate? ›

12 Tasty Treats That Pair Perfectly With Hot Chocolate
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies.
  • Whoopie Pies.
  • Kettle Corn Snack Mix.
  • Cheesecake Bites.
  • Peanut Butter Lasagna.
  • Chocolate Fudge.
  • Churros.
  • Rolled Wafers.
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How do you decorate hot chocolate bombs? ›

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How do you keep hot chocolate warm for a party? ›

How do you keep hot chocolate warm at a party? It's important to serve the hot chocolate in a stainless steel Thermos that will keep hot chocolate warm on the bar. You can even label it hot chocolate and one for water if you're using hot chocolate sticks.

Is hot chocolate good for skin? ›

It was found that raw cocoa is so rich in antioxidants like polyphenols that it can help lower blood sugar and pressure, lower cholesterol, facilitate better blood flow, and even reduce inflammation (hello great skin!).

Is hot chocolate healthy for you? ›

Hot cocoa is rich in flavonoids, which improve blood flow. Improved blood flow reduces the chance of blood clots, lowers blood pressure, improves heart health and helps you think better thanks to better blood flow to the brain.

Does chocolate help with math? ›

Chocolate improves blood flow to the brain.

Eating chocolate or drinking hot chocolate improved attention span and reaction time. It was especially found to be helpful when studying math.

How do you make hot chocolate for a class party? ›

You'll mix the sugar, cocoa powder and water in a saucepan and bring to a slight boil. Let it cool and put it in a container to bring to school with you. When you're ready to put it together in the classroom, pour your chocolate mixture in the crockpot and add in 10 cups on milk. Turn your crockpot on low.

How do you serve hot drinks at a party? ›

If you're serving warm beverages, you can use a slow cooker or insulated urn to keep them hot. If you have to use the stove top, keep the heat very low or consider just warming small batches as you need them because the alcohol can easily cook off.

How long can you keep hot chocolate hot? ›

How Long Does Hot Chocolate Last?
Fresh hot chocolate prepared from cocoa powder3 days3-5 days
Hot chocolate prepared from Choco bar2-3 days
Hot chocolate powder mix (in powder form)6-12 months
Hot chocolate (opened)6 months
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How do chocolate bombs work? ›

Hot chocolate bombs or hot cocoa bombs are cute lil balls of chocolate that you put into a mug. When you pour hot milk into the mug, the chocolate melts and magically releases the marshmallows and cocoa hiding inside. It's super cute and fun and you can make SO many flavor variations!

How do you make hot chocolate taste good with water? ›

Third option would be to add a pinch of salt. It can help balance the flavors (a pinch isn't enough to make it not-sweet), and it's commonly described that less salt can make something taste "watery", and adding a touch of salt makes things taste more balanced.

How do you use hot chocolate bombs? ›

Hot cocoa bombs are hollow chocolate spheres filled with dry hot chocolate mix and marshmallows. You place the coco bomb in a mug and pour hot milk over it causing the chocolate sphere to “explode,” melt and turn into a delicious cup of hot chocolate!

How do you keep milk warm in a hot chocolate bar? ›

How to keep the water warm or milk for the hot cocoa bar? Simply place the water or milk in a crockpot and turn it on warm or low. If you don't have a crockpot you can also add the water to a large pot and simmer on the stove.

How do you serve hot chocolate outside? ›

I suggest using a hot beverage dispenser to serve pre-made hot chocolate. This white hot chocolate would also be a great choice. You can also fill the dispenser with hot water and let folks mix up their own with packets of hot cocoa mix. (I love these hot cocoa packets.)

Can I make hot chocolate in a coffee urn? ›

Making hot chocolate in an urn is one of the most effective methods available. It will only take you 30 minutes to produce about 5 gallons of hot milk. You can learn how to do it here, and you can learn how to clean up after using your coffee urn. If you own one, you can enjoy hot chocolate on it.

What do you serve with chocolate? ›

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  • Cheese. There's a reason you might have seen chocolate popping up on cheeseboards lately. ...
  • Fruit. It's a classic combo, made famous by desserts such as chocolate-dipped strawberries and banana split. ...
  • Oats. ...
  • Bread. ...
  • Yoghurt. ...
  • Bacon. ...
  • Pretzels. ...
  • Coffee.
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How do you keep hot cocoa hot? ›

Keeping the Hot Chocolate Warm

After the hot chocolate is heated above 140 degrees F and everything is melted, you can hold it in your slow cooker on the “warm” setting for 2 hours. After that, store it in the refrigerator and reheat it on the stove or in the microwave before serving.

Do hot chocolate bombs expire? ›

Chocolate bombs filled with hot cocoa mix will stay fresh if stored at room temperature for up to 2 months. If your chocolates are filled with chocolate ganache, they should be consumed within 2 weeks.

How do you fix a hole in a hot chocolate bomb? ›

You can patch it anyway. Just get some of the cooled chocolate that you used to make the shell, and dab it over the hole. Put the shell back in the freezer and let it cool.

What chocolate is best for hot chocolate bombs? ›

You do not need many ingredients to make amazing hot chocolate bombs – in fact, only three ingredients are needed – good quality chocolate, hot cocoa mix, and mini marshmallows! Good Quality Chocolate – You can use milk chocolate, dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, or white chocolate.

Do you use milk or water for hot chocolate? ›

Which to Use—Milk, Soy, or Water? Whole milk lends to the creaminess and sweetness of hot chocolate, but feel free to use low-fat or nonfat milk if you prefer. For a thicker, richer hot chocolate, switch out 1/4 cup of milk for cream.

Can you reheat homemade hot chocolate? ›

Hot chocolate can be reheated in the microwave until hot but not boiling. For leftover hot chocolate, allow to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for up to 3 days.

How do you serve a hot chocolate bomb at a party? ›

Hot Chocolate Bombs are individual chocolate balls that are full of hot cocoa mix, when hot milk is poured over top the chocolate shell opens up and the bomb explodes in your mug. At your station, each guest would pick their 'bomb' and pour over warm milk that you can keep in an electric kettle or crock pot.

Is chocolate bad for hair? ›

We normally think of chocolate as an indulgence, but did you know it packs in powerful nutritional benefits for your hair? It's true! Enjoying dark chocolate (chocolate containing 70% cacao or higher) not only supports hair growth, it also combats some of the leading causes of hair loss.

Is chocolate good for females? ›

It helps fight PMS. “There's a reason we crave certain foods, such as chocolate, at that time of the month,” says Toronto-based raw foods coach Nathalie Lussier. “Chocolate releases calming endorphins that reduce anxiety. Plus, it's high in magnesium,” which lifts moods and reduces water retention.

Is hot chocolate good when sick? ›

Chocolate Brings Relief for a Sore Throat & Dry Cough!

Hot chocolate made from dark cacao is also very effective. However, if you are experiencing an abundance of mucus, use water instead of milk to make the hot chocolate since milk can thicken the phlegm.

Is hot chocolate good before bed? ›

A cup of hot cocoa or a few delicious squares can help us wind down in the evening and may even have soporific effects, but if you're still worried about consuming stimulants too close to bedtime, it's good to know that just the smell of chocolate can be enough to make us feel calm​.

Can hot chocolate help you lose weight? ›

According to studies, cocoa powder can aid weight loss by suppressing your appetite and keeping you fuller for longer. This means you can fix your cocoa cravings, without having to eat a whole bar of sugar chocolate.

Is hot chocolate good for pregnancy? ›

Having one cup of hot chocolate a day should not be a problem during pregnancy. Cocoa powder does not contain caffeiene.

Which chocolate is best for study? ›

Dark chocolates

You can never have enough of dark chocolate and the best part is, it is good for you when you are preparing for exams, because it helps improve mental fatigue and boosts memory.

Is chocolate good for memory? ›

In summary, this research shows that 70% cocoa dark chocolate consumption can benefit verbal episodic memory two hours post consumption in healthy young adults relative to a white chocolate control.

Is chocolate good for brain? ›

Dark chocolate may also improve the function of your brain. Studies show that eating high flavanol cocoa can improve blood flow to the brain in young adults. This may explain why eating cocoa daily appears to improve attention, verbal learning, and memory ( 17 ).

How do you serve hot drinks? ›

Place the cup to be filled on a table or tray before pouring the beverage; never pour hot beverages while the customer is holding the cup. Do not reach over people to pour. Set down filled cups away from the table edge and in front of the customer. Never place hot beverages within reach of a young child.

What alcohol is good warm? ›

Try hot buttered rum, mulled wine, spiked cider and more. When the air starts to get a certain chill…it's cozy drink time! There's nothing better than cozying up with a mug of something: and even better if it's spiked!

Can you eat chocolate 2 years out of date? ›

Chocolate never truly “expires,” so nothing will happen if you eat it past the expiration date. As long as it's stored properly and not exhibiting any other signs of spoilage, most chocolate will remain edible and yummy up to two or three years past the listed date.

Can I drink hot chocolate that was left out overnight? ›

As with any cooked food, the shelf life of hot chocolate should be about 3 to 5 days in the fridge, with a cumulative stay in the danger zone of no longer than 2 hours.

Does chocolate expire? ›

As bacteria can't live in chocolate, chocolates don't have a use by date. Even if a bloom does appear, or your chocolate has a peculiar smell to it, it will still be safe to consume.

How do you make hot chocolate powder better? ›

How to Make Hot Cocoa Better
  1. Don't try to mix the entire beverage all at once. ...
  2. Try using milk as the liquid for your mix instead of water. ...
  3. Choose your mug wisely. ...
  4. Add a tablespoon of peanut butter or other nut butter. ...
  5. Get spicy.
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How do you drink hot chocolate Wikihow? ›

Stir vanilla into the cocoa before drinking it.

Carefully remove the hot mug from the microwave and stir the hot cocoa gently. You shouldn't see any lumps of cocoa. Then, stir in 14 teaspoon (1.2 ml) of vanilla extract and begin sipping your hot cocoa.

How do you make hot chocolate taste better with water? ›

Third option would be to add a pinch of salt. It can help balance the flavors (a pinch isn't enough to make it not-sweet), and it's commonly described that less salt can make something taste "watery", and adding a touch of salt makes things taste more balanced.

Is instant hot chocolate better with milk or water? ›

Believe it or not, you can also use water instead of milk. Water allows the chocolate to show off its true flavors and unique characteristics, however you lose the creamy feel and flavor.

How hot should milk be for hot chocolate? ›

Hot beverages such as tea, hot chocolate, and coffee are frequently served at temperatures between 160 degrees F (71.1 degrees C) and 185 degrees F (85 degrees C).

Can I put Nutella in milk? ›

In a large microwave-safe mug, combine the Nutella and the milk. Microwave on full power until just hot. Using a spoon, stir to dissolve the Nutella. Top with marshmallows or whipped cream.

Can you freeze hot chocolate? ›

You sure can! If you're wondering what happens when you freeze hot chocolate, it actually freezes like a champ, and is the secret trick to making this delicious frozen drink! You'll simply freeze a portion of your finished cocoa in ice cube trays, then use it later when blending up your frozen hot chocolate!

Can I drink pure cocoa powder? ›

A. Yes, you can eat raw cocoa powder daily. Regular consumption can provide various health benefits, including reduced inflammation and protection against heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. However, you should consume it moderately in its raw form.


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