10 Hot Chocolate Recipes to Warm Up With This Winter

Cabin in the Smoky Mountains? Check. Favorite slippers and robe? Check. Friends, family, and enough board games to take you well past sundown? Check. Delicious beverages? Read on. We’ve got fancy hot chocolate recipes that’ll blow your Swissmiss out of the (hot) water.

S’mores Hot Chocolate

Smores hot chocolate with roasted marshmallow and graham cracker

What do you get when you coat a mug rim with graham cracker crumbs, add luscious hot chocolate, and top it with toasted marshmallows? That’s right: It’s S’mores Hot Chocolate, and it’s calling your name. This classic treat turned liquid is guaranteed to elicit memories of campfires and ghost stories (minus the roughing it in a tent).

Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin spice latte, traditional autumn warm cozy drink

The perfect transition drink to take you from your fall to winter favorites is this decadent Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate that uses heavy cream and white Ghirardelli chips.

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate with cinnamon stick as spoon

Let your tastebuds be amazed as you add a pinch of cinnamon to your hot chocolate for an experience like no other. The white chili it’s paired with adds even more flavor to this South American favorite.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate garnished with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

With peppermint oil, chocolate shavings, and whipped cream, this Peppermint Hot Chocolate recipe just might become a new tree-trimming tradition. Bonus: It calls for cream but takes well to substitutions such as low-fat milk or soymilk. Go on, get a refill.

From-Scratch Microwave Hot Chocolate

Delicious hot chocolate with cream on a breakfast table

Whether you’re the type to burn boiling water or you’re cooking with kids, there are times that call for homemade hot chocolate recipes that forego the stovetop. This is a darn good one: milk, grated chocolate, sugar, and cinnamon combine for a classic yummy cup of cocoa.

Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps

Homemade pepperment hot chocolate for Christmas and winter holidays

Yes, there is a way to make hot chocolate boozy. Just whip up this take on classic stovetop hot chocolate made with Peppermint Schnapps. Garnish with peppermint sticks and whipped cream for a hot chocolate that has more than just a peppermint twist to it.

Good-for-you Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa

Cocoa drink

Dark chocolate is a health food, right? This lightened recipe uses calcium-packed skim milk and antioxidant-rich dark chocolate for a practically guilt-free sweet drink. Just in case you need to save room for that second slice of pecan pie.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Hot caramel coffee

Yes, salted caramel is totally on-trend this holiday season, but it’s also totally delicious. Caramel combines with hot chocolate and a not-so-secret ingredient – a pinch of sea salt – for a treat that’s a huge crowd-pleaser. Make a big batch of this one.

Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

Coffee cup with artistic cream decoration, isolated on white background

Ever wish you could drink your Reese’s cup? Your dream’s coming true today with this delicious, creamy Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate.

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

Gingerbread cookie men in a hot cup of cappuccino

Get a jump-start on your holiday cookie fix with this yummy Gingerbread Hot Cocoa made with allspice, ginger, and other spicy flavors. It’s like a gingerbread man fell into your mug … and you’re now obligated to eat him.
What sounds better this holiday season than gathering around a pot of hot chocolate warming on the stovetop? There’s no better place than in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Book your cabin today!