When the weather gets colder and snow starts to fall, the best way to warm up in a hurry is to make a big batch of hot cocoa. You can make a single serving just for yourself, or make an entire crockpot for the whole family—whatever the occasion, a cup of hot cocoa on a chilly day will bring a smile to anyone’s face. To make this treat better than ever, mix in these exciting additions to boost your cocoa recipe to new and delicious heights.
Mochi Ice Cream
If you enjoy the Italian dessert called an affogato, you will love this take on a hot cocoa — instead of pouring coffee over gelato, you can pourhot cocoa overchilled mochi ice cream. Grab a package of vanilla bean MyMo Mochi ice cream in the frozen food aisle of your local grocery store, then put a ball or two in the bottom of your mug. The melted vanilla mochi ice cream will add more sweetness and creaminess to the drink. You can also visit MyMo Mochi to learn more about the different flavors that you can play around with.
Embrace the frosty winter season by brewing up a cup of hot chocolate with a cool peppermint twist. Melt peppermint candies into the drink or use a candy cane as a stir-stick—the more the candy cane disappears, the better the cocoa will taste. Another fun way to get mint into your hot cocoa is do like the first suggestion and pour the hot liquid overmochi ice cream. Instead of using the vanillaflavor, use the mint chocolate mochi ice cream for a treat that’s sweet andrefreshing.
This kind of hot cocoa is for adults only — a shot of liquor will make this the perfect cocoa for parents, especially because they will never have to share. You don’t have to restock your liquor cabinet or personal bar in order to elevate your cocoa, because there are many types of alcohol that pair well with this winter treat—you’re bound to have one of them in the house. A shot of whiskey, bourbon or rum will add a sharp kick to your drink, while liquors like Kahlua and Irish cream will add richness. If you don’t have hard liquor in the house, even a bit of strong stout or red wine will add an indulgent buzz to your cocoa.
Other twists on hot cocoa:
- Stirring with a cinnamon stick
- A pinch of chili pepper
- A sprinkle of sea salt
- Homemade marshmallows
- White chocolate
Hot cocoa is the best drink for any winter occasion—you can brew a big pot for the entire family, or savor a mug on your own. Try some of these tasty additions to put a spin on the seasonal treat andmake itgo from ordinary to extraordinary. Pop in some mochi ice cream, mint or even some booze to give this delicious beverage an exciting boost.