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Monday, November 15, 2021

The holidays are approaching, cooler weather is here, and we want something to make us feel warm and cozy

Hot chocolate or hot cocoa does that for me.

hot chocolate on a fall day

Is there a difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa? Apparently hot cocoa is sweeter, but actually I think it may be more of where you hail from 

I am as guilty as the next person when it comes to making a quick cup of hot chocolate.

I can pop a hot cocoa pod into my single serve coffee maker (no I never said that I wasn't lazy) and 30 seconds later I have hot cocoa.

However, I know that there are better cups of hot chocolate to be had.

Hot Chocolate With Chocolate Chips

Okay this creamy homemade hot chocolate had me at the chocolate chips.

homemade creamy hot chocolate

Top it with homemade whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings.

French Hot Chocolate Recipe

How decadent is French hot chocolate or chocolat chaud that is made with rich dark chocolate bars instead of  cocoa mix.

french hot chocolate or chocolat chaud

Decadent yes but but fairly easy to make. Simply simmer all of the ingredients together then curl up with a good book.

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Yes, hot chocolate can be made in your slow cooker and is perfect for serving a crowd.

slow cooker hot chocolate

So go out sledding with the kids and when you come in with frosty noses and toes all you have to do is pour it in some mugs, top it off with some marshmallows, and add some cookies for dunking.

I like to dunk buttered toast in my hot chocolate because that is what I did growing up in Canada.

Frozen Hot Chocolate

Not everyone lives in the frozen north some of us live in areas that are a bit warmer. When we want to enjoy a cocoa drink we might not want it to be hot. That's where frozen hot chocolate comes in.

frozen hot chocolate

Pssst!! We don't mind if you folks who live in the north drink it too. 

Maple Sea Salt Vegan Hot Chocolate

This vegan hot chocolate might be the perfect one for me. I do love maple syrup and I have always been a fan of salty-sweet combinations.

maple sea salt vegan hot chocolate

Pop the ingredients in the blender, top with your favorite toppings, and curl up in front of the fire or in my case the YouTube fireplace. 

Hot chocolate doesn't have to be boring.

Fancy or a bit more traditional there is sure to be a cup of hot chocolate for everyone.

five best hot chocolate recipes

Check out my favorite eggplant tomato casserole recipe

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  1. I've never tried the hot cocoa pods. I'll have to look into that.

  2. Hi Laura. These all look so yummy for a sweet winter drink. Have a great week ahead. xoxo Kris

  3. Oh my! These all look amazing! I need to find a homemade recipe that doesn't use sugar...or Splenda! Hugs!

  4. How wonderful. I was actually looking for a recipe for frozen hot chocolate. This one is perfect! Have a great week- xo Diana

  5. These hot cocoa recipes all look amazing! I can't wait to try them! Any time it gets below 70 in Florida I'm pulling out the cable knit sweaters and looking for my Santa mugs. These will be the perfect treat! Hugs, CoCo

  6. You had me at hot chocolate...any kind, anywhere, I'm all in!!

  7. I admit, I'm a pod - popper, but, boy, do these sound yummy!

  8. Wow! That's a lot of different kinds of hot chocolate. I'll take one of each, please. hee hee Sincerely, Susan

  9. I'll take all 5 please and I'm not gonna share!! Have a sweet week, Laura.


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