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Cozy Cocoa Combinations for Christmas! Top 4 Hot Winter Drinks Recipes

Zainab Rizvi, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint

The winter season has rolled around and this means one thing for the next couple of months… warm, toasty beverages, all day, everyday! Whether it’s cozying up in the living room to watch a christmas movie or trying to warm up after a cold day outside, a good cup of hot chocolate is essential. These three recipes range from pepperminty to different winter spices, depending on your preference. 

  1. Hot Chocolate Bombs

Starting off with one of 2020’s newest trends, hot chocolate bombs. These are a round shell of chocolate packed with all your hot chocolate necessities inside: hot chocolate mix, marshmallow, and anything else of your choice inside! There are marshmallows, cocoa powder, chocolate chips and other toppings deliciously packed into a round chocolate shell. Just put this bomb into hot milk and watch it erupt with christmassy goodness. 

The ingredients you will need are the following:

  • 1 bar of chocolate (white/milk/dark depending on preference)
  • half circle baking mold
  • hot cocoa mix/cocoa powder
  • marshmallows (mini or large)

Procedure:

Melt your chocolate. Use the microwave to melt the chocolate (or your own choice of melting) melts or chocolate stirring in between until everything is smooth and pourable. Now we put the chocolate into the molds, scoop some chocolate into the mold and use the back of a spoon to push the melted chocolate around the molds, making it thick enough along the sides and edges so that it doesn’t crack. Put the molds into the freezer for 5-10 minutes to set. Take out of the freezer and then remove the chocolate from the molds. Gently push the half spheres out of the silicone mold. Slightly warm up a clean frying pan, not too hot and then melt the edges of the chocolate half spheres slightly and then add 1 tablespoon hot cocoa powder and mini marshmallows (and any other add-ins you would like) to half of the spheres. Pick up another half and melt the edge on the warm frying pan and then push the two sides together to seal. Then warm up a cup of milk and pop in your hot chocolate bomb and as the chocolate melts, stir everything in and you have your perfect cup of classic hot chocolate.  

  1. Candy Cane Cocoa

Coming in second we have a flavor fusion with candy cane and rich chocolate, Candy Cane Cocoa that takes a total of 15 minutes to make and serves 4. 

The ingredients you will need are the following:

  • 4 cups of milk
  • 3 (1 ounce) squares of semi sweet chocolate or dark chocolate
  • 4 peppermint candy canes (crushed)
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Procedure:

First, heat up the milk in a saucepan until hot, but do not let it boil. Chop up the chocolate into fine pieces and mix it into the milk and then add the crushed candy cane. Mix until smooth and there are no chunks left. Pour the drink into 4 separate mugs and top it off with whipped cream if you’d like. 

  1. Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

We all love gingerbread- so what can be better than a gingerbread hot chocolate? 

The ingredients you will need are the following:

  • 1 cup cashew milk or soy milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon blackstrap molasses
  • 1 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • Honey or maple syrup to taste

Toppings:

  • Whipped cream
  • Cocoa Powder or dark chocolate for dusting

Procedure: 

In a medium saucepan, heat the milk with vanilla. Add cocoa powder, molasses, and spices. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until cocoa is dissolved completely. Do not overcook and do not boil. Cook for a few minutes, just until the mixture is steaming and is warmed thoroughly. Add maple syrup or honey to taste (optional). Remove from heat and pour into mugs. Top with whipped coconut cream, and dust it with cocoa powder, roughly chopped dark chocolate or crushed cacao beans.

  1. Kinderpunsch: A German Christmas Punch

Kinderpunsch is a German traditional drink for festivities, and has grown quite popular amongst tourists who visit Germany during christmastime. This is actually a children’s alternative to an “adult drink” called Glühwein that is warm, spiced wine that is even more popular in Germany during winter. This recipe makes 2 servings. 

The ingredients you will need are the following:

  • 2 bags of Hibiscus Rosehip Tea
  • 2 cups of Water
  • 1 cup of Apple Juice
  • 1/2 cup of Orange Juice
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 6 Cloves
  • 2 Lemon Slices
  • Honey to taste

Extra Garnishes:

  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Orange or Lemon slices

Procedure: 

Boil 2 cups of water in a medium saucepan, after it starts to boil, remove the pan from the heat. Then add in the rosehip tea bags as well as the lemon slices. Keep your tea bags in for as long as the package recommends, a strong tea is usually the best. Remove the tea bags once you have achieved your desired strongness of flavour. Then incorporate the apple juice, orange juice and honey. Put the pan back onto the burner and then keep at a medium low heat, there should be no sign of active bubbles when heating. Then pour into your mug of preference and make sure to strain all of the lemon slices and cloves out. To decorate, you can add a fresh lemon slice or a cinnamon stick. 

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