10 Ways to Amp Up Your Cup of Hot Cocoa

Put a spin on this classic winter drink with flavorings, mix-ins and more

Peppermint Whipped Cream

Peppermint Whipped Cream

makeandtakes.com

Crush up leftover candy canes and fold them into whipped cream for a minty and creamy topping.

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Raspberry Cream Marshmallows

Raspberry Cream Marshmallows

kellybakes.com

Plop fruity (and pink!) homemade marshmallows into a steaming mug.

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Cinnamon and Vanilla Sugar

Cinnamon and Vanilla Sugar

joythebaker.com

Crumbled cinnamon sticks and speckled vanilla sugar add more layers of hard-to-resist flavor to rich chocolate goodness.

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Red Food Coloring

Red Food Coloring

abeautifulmess.com

Who said red velvet was just for cake? Add a few drops of coloring to your hot chocolate and you’ve got this popular dessert in drink form.

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Nutella

Nutella

clarapersis.com

Use the chocolate-hazelnut spread to lend some nuttiness to the belly-warming drink.

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Marshmallow Whipped Cream

Marshmallow Whipped Cream

realmomkitchen.com

Can’t decide between marshmallows or whipped cream? No worries, this topping is a combo of both.

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Maple Syrup and Spices

Maple Syrup and Spices

brooklynsupper.net

Cinnamon and cayenne pepper provide a spicy contrast to the sweet maple syrup in this recipe.

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Coconut Rum, Marshmallows and Graham Crackers

Coconut Rum, Marshmallows and Graham Crackers

margaritasintherain.com

A shot of coconut rum gives this campfire-inspired cocktail some tropical flavor.

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Butterscotch

Butterscotch

thehopelesshousewife.com

This recipe uses the sweet flavor in three forms – syrup, topping and candy – to make hot chocolate warm and buttery.

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Molasses, Spices and Rum

Molasses, Spices and Rum

healthy-delicious.com

Gingerbread and a splash of spiced rum make cocoa taste like spiked holiday cookies.

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