If winter’s chill has you down, these hot chocolate recipes will quickly turn cold, dreary days into your favorite part of the year. After you wrap your hands around a warm mug, filled to the brim with creamy, dreamy chocolate goodness, it’s hard to stay down in the dumps. Each hot chocolate recipe is a unique twist on everyone’s favorite winter warmer, ready to make your snowy evenings a little bit sweeter.

Chocolate Chip Hot Cocoa. Photo credit: Wholefood Soulfood Kitchen.
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Mexican Hot Chocolate

Spicy Mexican hot choclate in a mug with mini marshmallows.
Mexican Hot Chocolate. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Spice up your winter nights with Mexican hot chocolate. It’s fast to whip up, creamy, and has a spicy kick that’ll totally change your cold evenings. Perfect for cozying up when it’s freezing out, this hot chocolate will become your new go-to winter treat.
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Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

A cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream and pumpkins.
Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Welcome winter with a mug of pumpkin spice hot chocolate. This recipe is all about those cozy, comforting vibes with its warm spices. It’s like a snuggly blanket in a cup, ideal for those frosty nights when you need a bit of spice to warm you up.
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Tart Cherry Hot Chocolate

Tart Cherry Hot Chocolate. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Change your winter game with tart cherry hot chocolate. Not just tasty, but it’s a smart choice for a nutritious winter warmer, thanks to the Montmorency tart cherries. It’s the perfect unique and creamy drink for when you’re craving something different.
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Crockpot Hot Chocolate

Crockpot Hot Chocolate. Photo credit: Britney Breaks Bread.

Simplify your winter with crockpot hot chocolate. It’s smooth, velvety, and oh-so-creamy. Just toss the ingredients in the crockpot for the easiest way to enjoy a warm cup on a cold day. Perfect for gatherings or just a cozy night in, this hot chocolate does all the work for you.
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French Hot Chocolate

French Hot Chocolate. Photo credit: Sugar and Soul.

Savor the elegance of French hot chocolate. This rich and creamy stovetop recipe is a luxurious treat, ready in just 10 minutes. It’s the perfect way to make any winter day special, bringing a touch of Parisian charm to your cup.
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Mexican Champurrado

Mexican Champurrado. Photo credit: Mama Maggie’s Kitchen.

Bring some tradition to your winter with Mexican champurrado. This thick, chocolatey drink is a holiday season must-have, perfect for warming up during the colder months. It’s a comforting treat for those long, cold winter nights.
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Dairy-Free Mexican Hot Chocolate

Dairy-Free Mexican Hot Chocolate. Photo credit: Delish Knowledge.

Heat up your winter nights with dairy-free Mexican hot chocolate. It’s rich, creamy, and spiced just right with cayenne and cinnamon. A fantastic choice for those chilly evenings when you crave something warm, sweet, and a tad spicy.
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Pink Hot Chocolate

Pink Hot Chocolate. Photo credit: Simple & Seasonal.

Brighten up winter days with pink hot chocolate. It’s creamy, delicious, and perfect for Valentine’s Day or any chilly day that needs a pop of color. This unique twist on hot chocolate will warm your heart and taste buds.
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Tahini Hot Chocolate

Tahini Hot Chocolate. Photo credit: Strength & Sunshine.

On those blustery winter days, find comfort in tahini hot chocolate. This unique blend is not only cozy but also nourishing. It’s the perfect companion for a good book and a warm blanket.
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Eggnog Hot Chocolate

Eggnog Hot Chocolate. Photo credit: Sugar and Soul.

Combine two winter favorites with eggnog hot chocolate. This rich, creamy beverage is everything you want on a cold day. It’s like enjoying the holiday season with every sip, perfect for sipping all winter long.
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Bailey’s Hot Chocolate

Bailey’s Hot Chocolate. Photo credit: Texanerin.

Indulge in Bailey’s hot chocolate for a luxurious winter treat. It’s super-rich, easy to make, and can be adapted for various dietary needs. Perfect for Christmas, New Year’s, or any winter evening when you want a touch of elegance in your mug.
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Chocolate Chip Hot Cocoa

Chocolate Chip Hot Cocoa. Photo credit: Wholefood Soulfood Kitchen.

Mix up your hot cocoa routine with chocolate chip hot cocoa. It’s rich, creamy, and oh-so-simple to make. With just chocolate chips and milk, you get a velvety texture that’s irresistible. Perfect for those who want a new spin on their winter chocolate fix.
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Atole de Chocolate

Atole de Chocolate. Photo credit: Mama Maggie’s Kitchen.

Brighten up your winter evenings with atole de chocolate. This warm and satisfying Mexican drink is perfect for the chilly nights, offering a rich and traditional experience. It’s the ideal winter warmer for those who love a classic touch.
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Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Peppermint Hot Chocolate. Photo credit: Dinner at the Zoo.

Get festive with peppermint hot chocolate. This rich, homemade cocoa has a hint of mint, making it perfect for holiday cheer. Top it with whipped cream, candy canes, and marshmallows for the ultimate winter treat. It’s like a holiday party in a cup, perfect for those cold, festive nights.
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Malted Milk Hot Chocolate

Malted Milk Hot Chocolate. Photo credit: Brunch & Batter.

Experience the richness of malted milk hot chocolate. This isn’t your average cocoa – it’s a velvety, intense chocolate drink for true chocolate enthusiasts. The addition of malted milk takes the flavor to new heights, making it a must-try for winter indulgence.
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Matcha Hot Chocolate

Matcha Hot Chocolate. Photo credit: Bessie Bakes.

Refresh your winter routine with matcha hot chocolate. This antioxidant-rich recipe combines matcha green tea and bittersweet chocolate for a luscious and healthy treat. It’s an innovative way to enjoy hot chocolate, offering both warmth and wellness.
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Oat Milk Hot Chocolate

Oat Milk Hot Chocolate. Photo credit: Frozen Bananas.

Cozy up with oat milk hot chocolate. This recipe is easy, minimally sweetened, and super creamy. It’s a modern twist on the classic, perfect for a simple yet comforting winter treat.
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17 Soups To Make Your Snow Day Warm & Cozy

A bowl of cabbage soup with meat and vegetables.
Instant Pot Cabbage Soup. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Snowstorms are the perfect excuse to hunker down and enjoy some cozy indoor time. It’s all about getting those warm blankets ready, stocking up on your favorite snacks, and, of course, planning your menu for the snowy days ahead. We’ve got your back with some comforting soup recipes that’ll keep you toasty and satisfied while the snowflakes dance outside.

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13 Cozy Stews You Can’t Live Without This Winter

A bowl of lentil stew with eggs on top.
Vegetable Stew with Dumplings. Photo credit: My Pure Plants.

We’ve rounded up 13 of the coziest and heartiest stew recipes that are perfect for those long, cold nights. From rich beef and mushroom to a vibrant vegetable medley, each recipe is a hug in a bowl, guaranteed to satisfy your cravings for comfort food.

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13 Orange Recipes That’ll Make Winter Blues Vanish Instantly

A plate with citrus and lettuce topped with feta and onions.
Citrus Salad. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

There’s a secret weapon in your kitchen to chase away those winter blues: oranges! These 13 orange-infused recipes will bring a burst of sunshine to your plate. From zesty salads to sweet treats, each recipe is a celebration of flavor and simplicity, perfect for brightening up those dreary winter days.

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