Hot chocolate is creamy and rich in flavor. But you can take your hot chocolate to the next level by adding a complimenting flavor to it.
You can make your own custom hot chocolate at home using these luscious hot chocolate flavors.
Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
Gingerbread hot chocolate is made by creating your own gingerbread syrup.
Gingerbread syrups is made by combining molasses and spices with a brown sugar syrup base.
The syrup will thicken from the molasses and become full of gingerbread flavor.
To make your hot chocolate, select dark, milk, or white chocolate to be added.
Add chocolate to your mug and pour warm steamed milk to melt the chocolate.
Keep stirring until all the chocolate is melted.
Pump a few tablespoons of gingerbread syrup in your mug and mix well to create your gingerbread hot chocolate.
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
Begin by making your own salted caramel sauce. Salted caramel sauce is one of the most flavorful sauces you’ll ever make.
The salt at the end gives the caramel sauce a salty finish, which makes it such a unique flavoring.
Combine a few ounces of dark and milk chocolate in your mug.
Add a spoonful of salted caramel sauce and pour in your warm milk. Let the milk melt the chocolate and stir until fully combined.
Top your salted caramel hot chocolate with whipped cream, and a drizzle of your salted caramel sauce.
Orange Hot Chocolate
Orange hot chocolate is made by juicing oranges and placing their citrus flavor in a saucepan with milk.
The rind of the orange is also placed in the saucepan for even more flavor.
A few spices are added to create the cinnamon spice flavoring.
Add orange zest to the mixture along with cocoa powder to create your orange hot chocolate.
Remove the rind of the oranges, add a little sweetener like maple syrup and enjoy!
Hazelnut Hot Chocolate
Hazelnut hot chocolate is made by creating your own praline powder.
Hazelnuts are roasted and then their skins are removed. The hazelnuts are then cooked with sugar to create a caramel sauce coating them.
Transfer the caramel coated hazelnuts to a silicone baking mat and let it fully cool to room temperature.
Break up the caramel pieces and put it in a food processor. Blend until it resembles a powder.
Place a few ounces of dark chocolate in a saucepan with your milk. Add praline paste and cocoa powder. Mix until smooth.
Pour your hazelnut praline hot chocolate into your mug.
Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Peppermint hot chocolate is made by placing peppermint syrup, milk, heavy cream, and chocolate into a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the chocolate is fully melted.
You can add milk, dark, or white chocolate to the saucepan, depending on your preference.
Pour your peppermint hot chocolate into a mug and top with whipped cream and crushed candy canes.
Lavender Hot Chocolate
Lavender hot chocolate is made by adding culinary lavender to milk in a saucepan over medium heat. The lavender will infuse the milk with its floral notes.
Strain the lavender out of the saucepan after a few minutes and add in dark chocolate, maple syrup, and sea salt. Stir until the chocolate is fully melted.
Remove the lavender hot chocolate from the heat source and add in vanilla extract.
Pour your lavender hot chocolate into a mug and top with whipped cream if desired.
Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
Pumpkin hot chocolate is made by adding pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice to milk in a saucepan over medium heat.
Add white chocolate and mix until fully combined. Remove the hot chocolate from the heat source and stir in vanilla extract.
Pour pumpkin hot chocolate into a mug and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice.