With autumn's first chilly wind, or, if we're honest, at even the first thought of a light sweater, we start daydreaming of warm mugs of pure happiness: hot chocolate. There's nothing wrong with Swiss Miss, if you're chasing that artificial-but-oh-so-pure childhood taste memory. But we've got 11 hot chocolate recipes that will take your cozy holiday drink game up a few notches. (Hint: think churros and peppermint schapps.)
Of Mexico's many gifts to the world of pastries, churros, cerainly the most iconic, are also our favorite. Similar to a funnel cake, fried and dusted with cinnamon, they only get better dunked into a mug of homemade hot chocolate.
Can it really be called "hot" chocolate if it's frozen? We're not going to argue. This frozen treat is good any time of year, especially for you party animals who celebrate Half Christmas.
Perfect for parties, you can set up this hot chocolate and leave it for guests to serve themselves. We're also partial to the gingerbread men-shaped marshmallows. Talk about a crossover.
For when you're in the inbetween from Thanksgiving to Christmas. There are still pumpkins everywehre, you do have some leftover pumpkin in the fridge, and why the heck not!
Mix things up with a little coconut!
This killer cocoa mix won a competition at a chili cook-off somewhere in America in 2011, so it must be good!
If you happen to live somewhere where it's not cold, be our guest—this sounds delicious!
Now this is what we're talking about! A little chocolate liquer and peppermint schnapps make really warm you up.
These individual cakes are super cute when baked in teacups or mugs. A really cozy recipe to snuggle up by the fire with.
It looks great served in glass mugs garnished with some crushed up candy cane.
Not a fan of the bitter stuff? White hot chocolate gives you the sweetness you want, and it looks pretty too!