The Best Hot Cocoa Recipes

If you love drinking hot chocolate, as much as I do, then you are going to love all these different styles and flavors of hot chocolate recipes to enjoy during the winter.

If you love drinking hot chocolate, as much as I do, then you are going to love all these different styles and flavors of hot chocolate recipes to enjoy during the winter.

hot cocoa history

As early as 500 BC, the Mayans were drinking chocolate made from ground-up cocoa seeds mixed with water, cornmeal, chili peppers, and other ingredients. They would mix the drink by pouring it back and forth from a cup to a pot until a thick foam developed, and then would drink the beverage cold.

In the early 1500s, Cortez, the explorer, brought cocoa beans and chocolate drink-making tools to Europe. Although the drink still remained cold and bitter-tasting, it gained popularity and was adopted by King Charles V as well as the Spanish upper class. After its introduction in Spain, the drink began to be served hot, sweetened, and without the chili peppers. The Spanish were very protective of their wonderful new beverage, and it was over a hundred years before news of it began to spread across Europe.

In the 1700s, chocolate houses became popular even though chocolate was very expensive. In the late 1700s, the president of the Royal College of Physicians, Hans Sloane, brought from Jamaica a recipe for mixing chocolate with milk, which made the drink more palatable in his opinion. The English started adding milk to their chocolate and was enjoyed as an after-dinner beverage.

In 1826, Coenraad Johannes van Houten developed the first cocoa powder producing machine in the Netherlands. The machine would separate the greasy cocoa butter and leave cocoa powder. The powder was then mixed with milk and water to make chocolate bars.

Up until the 19th century, hot chocolate was used as a treatment for fever, chest, stomach, and liver diseases as well as a special drink. When chocolate was introduced to the French in the 17th century, it was reportedly used to fight against fits of anger and bad moods. We all know now that chocolate may increase serotonin, which may help reduce the stress that leads to anxiety.

I hope you find one or two recipes in this list to enjoy for the holidays and when it’s so chilly outside. Grab a cup of hot cocoa, curl up with a cozy blanket, and enjoy.

If you love drinking hot chocolate, as much as I do, then you are going to love all these different styles and flavors of hot chocolate recipes to enjoy during the winter.

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If you love drinking hot chocolate, as much as I do, then you are going to love all these different styles and flavors of hot chocolate recipes to enjoy during the winter.

your favorite spices

If you love drinking hot chocolate, as much as I do, then you are going to love all these different styles and flavors of hot chocolate recipes to enjoy during the winter.

just for the kids

If you love drinking hot chocolate, as much as I do, then you are going to love all these different styles and flavors of hot chocolate recipes to enjoy during the winter.

Hot Chocolate bombs

If you love drinking hot chocolate, as much as I do, then you are going to love all these different styles and flavors of hot chocolate recipes to enjoy during the winter.

favorite flavors

If you love drinking hot chocolate, as much as I do, then you are going to love all these different styles and flavors of hot chocolate recipes to enjoy during the winter.

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Enjoy,

Tammy

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18 Comments

  1. I was born allergic to milk but I have always wanted to try hot chocolate! My husband loves it and I’m sure my daughters will too when they get older so I’ll have to make some of these!

  2. Oh my gosh, i never thought about strawberry white hot chocolates before! I’m not super big on chocolate flavor, but I would like to try that one.

  3. OMG this is amazing!!! So many wonderful options. I really love hot chocolate as you probably realised.

  4. I think I lost my sweet tooth along with my milk teeth so I’m going to pass on the ones that looked sweet no matter how yummy they looked in the pic. But count me in for the healthy hot cocoa recipes! Actually, I might just start off with the sugar and dairy free one.

  5. I love having hot cocoa during the cold months but I haven’t tried creating my own. Thank you for the list. They all look good!

  6. This will definitely be on my list, like you I’m a chocolate lover. I’m gonna make all of this one at a time. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  7. I’m going to have to try out many of these. I love hot chocolate. My family and I love to have them during movies or cold nights.

  8. We are big fans of hot chocolate here, I didn’t know I could make them myself. I will definitely be trying it out. Thanks.

  9. So, I usually do hot chocolate with coffee and some peppermint during the winter. It’s one of my guilty drink pleasures. If I want to make it an adult drink, I switch the peppermint out with peppermint schnaps, and put a bit of Bailey’s in it.

  10. Hot cocoa is our favorite winter drink. We make it very often. It’s great to know more about it!

  11. I drool over the pictures while reading! It’s kinda cold here and as much as I want to make these, I guess I will settle first with Hot Cocoa. Can’t wait to try the others too!

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