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There was a slight chill in the air this week as I left for work this week. For me, that means it is time to pull out the Hot Chocolate. Even in August.

I will use any and all excuses to drink a steaming cup of cocoa. It’s just so good! 

While “regular” hot chocolate is amazing, it’s fun to find ways to mix it up through the cold fall/winter months. I’ve created a list of some unique flavors you can buy/make at home and toppings that are easy to throw onto whichever flavor you choose. It’s easy to take your cocoa up a notch!

This hot chocolate list is also great for parties and receptions. Set up a Hot Cocoa Bar with these different flavors and toppings! All you need are a few containers, serving spoons, a variety of mugs or disposable cups, and cute labels for each item. It’s sure to be a hit with your guests!

If the weather is too warm for cocoa (we don’t think that is possible), the toppings also pair wonderfully with ice cream!

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Unique Hot Chocolate Flavors: 

The sky is the limit for different cocoa flavors! You can buy these flavors commercially or add in spices or syrups to make your own.

  • Pumpkin Spice
  • White Chocolate
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Caramel
  • Peppermint
  • Peanut Butter
  • Gingerbread
  • Salted Caramel
  • Raspberry
  • Nutella
  • Cheesecake
  • Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate
  • Snickerdoodle
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Red Velvet

Yummy Hot Cocoa Toppings & Mix-ins:

Hot chocolate and toppings are a match made in Heaven!

  • Marshmallows
  • Sweet Shredded Coconut
  • Whipped Cream–make homemade for extra creaminess or try new flavors
  • Orange Peel
  • Oreo Cookie Dust
  • Cinnamon
  • Candy! Snickers, Health bars, Butterfingers, Hershey’s Kisses, Reisens, etc.
  • Chocolate Chips or Chocolate Shavings
  • Sprinkles
  • Chopped Nuts
  • Crushed Candy Cane
  • Cereal! Cocoa Krispies, Fruity Pebbles, Etc.
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Flavored Syrups: Caramel, Chocolate, Raspberry, etc
hot chocolate is our favorite!

Perfect Hot Chocolate Stirrers

These stirrers are a hit with children and grown-ups! I’ve never had a cocoa party that had leftovers!

Pro Cocoa Tip: Use a hand frother for hot cocoa mixing perfection!

  • Pirouette Cookies
  • Candy Cane Spoons–my niece loves to make these with this spoon mold!
  • Cookie Spoons–you can make any flavor with the same mold
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Chocolate Spoons
  • Rock Candy Sticks
  • Candy Canes
  • Pocky
  • Biscotti
  • Dipped Pretzel Sticks
  • Gingerbread Sticks
  • Flavored Marshmallow Skewers

Now that you have the Ultimate Hot Chocolate Bar list, grab your favorite mug, throw in those toppings like confetti, and let the cocoa magic happen! Whether you’re cozied up solo with a good book or hosting a hot chocolate extravaganza, we hope you’ll be able to create the perfect cup of cocoa.

What hot chocolate combination is your favorite? Please share in the comments!


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