5 Yummy Ways to Perk up Your Cocoa



Hot chocolate: it’s the ultimate comfort drink on a cold evening. It’s quick to make, whether from scratch or (for many) from a favourite store-bought mix. But sometimes, we want a little something more. Here, we have five ways to add some oomph to your hot chocolate. Read, stir, and enjoy!

Chai Hot Chocolate
Hot chocolate is already a comforting treat on a cold winter’s night, but adding some chai will give some warmth and spice to your drink. Just steep a tea bag in a cup of hot milk (or water, if you prefer) for a couple of minutes before stirring in the hot chocolate mix.

Spicy Hot Chocolate
For some added kick (be warned: this can be intense), try this fiery concoction. In a mug, combine a bag of hot chocolate mix with a pinch of cayenne pepper and a teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Then simply pour in your hot water or milk as you stir. Note: this tastes even better with dark hot chocolate!


Raspberry Hot Chocolate
For a berry yummy treat, take 5-6 raspberries and purée them. (If you don’t want to use fresh raspberries, opt for a teaspoon of raspberry extract or syrup.) Mix them with the hot chocolate mix, and then pour in the hot water or milk. For an extra dose of sweetness, add some whipped cream and garnish with a berry or two. Note: this recipe works great with strawberries or blueberries, too!

Mint Hot Chocolate


We sure love those peppermint lattés that the barista whips up at the coffee shop down the street, but these flavours tend to disappear after the holiday season is over. Instead of waiting another whole year, add some freshness to your hot chocolate. Just steep a bag of mint tea in a cup of hot milk or water for a couple of minutes before stirring in the hot chocolate mix. (You can also use fresh mint instead and steep it in the hot water. Be sure to strain!) For the kids, you can add some whipped cream and some crushed peppermint candies on top!

Adults’ Hot Chocolate


Now here’s something for a more adult taste; this surely isn’t for the kids! It’s pretty simple: just add a tablespoon of your favourite poison and stir. You can choose a fruit-, coffee- or chocolate-flavoured liqueur; even a creamy liqueur like Bailey’s will do! Or, if you prefer, try a tablespoon of dark rhum, or (room-temperature; not frozen) vodka. Bottom’s up!

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