3 Hot Chocolate Recipes—with a Twist

Girl enjoying a cup of hot chocolate

Nothing can compare to the relaxing moment when you’re curled up on the couch, mug of hot chocolate in hand during those cold, rainy days. This chocolaty hot beverage is the ultimate comfort drink next to coffee and tea during the wet weather.

I love the pre-packaged chocolate drinks like Swiss Miss, but sometimes you need to go that extra mile to get your chocolate fix. As for me, I dress up my hot choco with a few extra ingredients.

Here are some delicious hot recipes for you to try out the next time it rains:

Note: The recipes listed here are good for one mug; multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you need.

Orange and Cream


  •         ½ orange
  •         1 cup milk
  •         3 tablespoons all-purpose cream
  •         6 teaspoons dark chocolate chips
  •         Sugar (to taste)

CreamExtract the zest of half an orange, and make sure you don’t shave off the white pith. Pour the zest, together with the milk and cream, in a saucepan and use low heat. Stir constantly and bring it to a simmer. Make sure that you don’t let it boil.

Turn off the heat and pour the mixture into a container through a strainer to get rid of the orange zest. Add the sugar and chocolate chips into the pan. Stir until mixed well. Pour the mixture into a mug and enjoy!

Rock Salt and Cheese


  •         1 mug hot chocolate
  •         ¼ bar softened cream cheese
  •         1 ½ tablespoons whipping cream
  •         2 tablespoons condensed milk
  •         Pinch of rock salt

Mix the whipping cream, condensed milk, and cream cheese using an electric mixer. Once it’s frothy, simply pour the mixture on top of your mug of hot chocolate. Sprinkle with rock salt and enjoy.

Peppermint Chocolate


  •         1 mug hot chocolate
  •         1 tablespoon crushed peppermint candy
  •         Whipped cream

Chocolate mixCrush peppermint candy and stir it in the hot chocolate until it dissolves. You may need a dark blend for this recipe so that your drink wouldn’t taste too sweet. If you can’t dissolve the peppermint completely, heat the mixture over low heat and stir. Once the candy has completely melted, pour the drink into a mug and add whipped cream on top.

Try out this recipe once the bad weather comes in for a relaxing, sweet treat.