3 Festive Hot Chocolate Recipes

At Christmas time I love to turn everyday life into festive moments. One of my personal traditions is to make all kinds of hot cocoa.to enjoy while watching a Christmas movie. So today I would like to share three of my hot cocoa recipes with you, so that you can step up your hot cocoa game. They are fun, warming and be warned, very bad for your diet. Also note that I don’t drink cows milk and only use vegan milk, but that doesn’t mean you have to as well. If you don’t like to use real chocolate it’s fine to use cocoa powder or vice versa. However don’t melt the chocolate chunks directly in your milk above heat but instead melt them au bain marie first (in a water bath). This enables you to measure according to taste and also prevents burning or lumps.

Hot chocolate with orange

What I love about this recipe is the combination of sweet and tangy flavours with a hint of spice from the cinnamon. Spooning up the whipped cream with the orange zest is such a delight!

You’ll need (for 1)

  • Soy milk (or dairy)
  • 1 sweet orange, juiced
  • Small piece of orange peel
  • Whipped cream
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Hot chocolate powder or 50 gr of melted chocolate chunks
  • A grater


Warm the milk till boiling point with a small piece of orange peel

Discard the orange peel

Take of heat and whisk in the melted chocolate/cocoa powder

Whisk in the juice of ½  orange, more if needed (matter of taste)

Pour in glass

Stir shortly with a cinnamon stick for flavour

Top with whipped cream

Use grater to add some orange zest on top

Hot chocolate with strawberries

This recipe is a favourite among kids, especially girls who love everything pink. Don’t eat the marshmallows before letting them melt in your hot chocolate.

You’ll need (for 2)

  • Soy milk (or other)
  • 145 gr strawberries (I used canned in syrup because in winter fresh strawberries are expensive and flavourless)
  • marshmellows
  • whipped cream
  • 50 gr melted white chocolate chunks
  • teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • a blender
  • a whisk


melt the white chocolate au bain marie

meanwhile separate the strawberries from the syrup, save the syrup for later

mash the strawberries in a blender till smooth

warm up the soy milk  till boiling point and take of heat

whisk in one or two table spoons of melted white chocolate (according to taste)

whisk in the vanilla essence

whisk in the strawberry mash

pour in mugs

top with whipped cream, marshmellows and a drizzle of strawberry syrup

Hot chocolate with amaretto

This warming drink is for adults only 🙂 and perfect on cold winter nights or as a night cap before turning in. It’s my absolute favourite and super simple to make. Although you can use other milk alternatives too, I like it best with almond milk since amaretto is also an almond liqueur. I like to stick to the almond theme if you get me. What I love most about this recipe is spooning up the whipped cream with the almond slivers and cinnamon and then quickly take a sip of the spiked chocolate milk.

You’ll need

  • almond milk
  • cocoa powder/50 gr of chocolate chunks melted
  • almond slivers
  • a splash of amaretto liqueur (=almond liqueur)
  • whipped cream
  • cinnamon powder


warm milk till boiling point

mix with cocoa powder

pour in amaretto liqueur according to taste

top with whipped cream

sprinkle with cinnamon and almond slivers

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