There’s so many reasons to love the holiday season. I love everything from the holiday lights, to time spent with loved ones, to all of the festive treats. Believe me, I will happily eat all of the Christmas cookies.
During this time of year, the temperatures really start to drop, so we need to find ways to feel warm and cozy. I like to bundle up in a sweater, wool socks and a blanket, with a nice mug filled with hot chocolate. Sure, store-bought hot chocolate is delicious on its own, but for the holidays, I think it’s fun to dress it up a little bit. Without further ado, here’s 5 ways to elevate hot chocolate for the holidays:
1. Fresh whipped Cream
Hot chocolate and whipped cream seem to go hand-in-hand, especially around the holidays. As much as I love the convenience of the whipped cream that comes in the can, at this time of year, I like to go for the real deal. To make whipped cream, you can whip it by hand, or with a mixer. I like to do it by hand, because it’s less messy and helps you burn off some of the calories that you’re about to consume. If you have kids in the family, I’m sure they’d love to help with making the whipped cream!
2. Cinnamon Sticks
Adding a cinnamon stick or two will make your cup of hot chocolate look and feel more special. More importantly, the cinnamon adds a little extra “something” to the flavour of your hot chocolate. If you haven’t tried cinnamon in your hot chocolate before, you’re missing out!
Okay, marshmallows are a no-brainer. Any good cup of hot chocolate is made better with the addition of marshmallows. Nonetheless, I had to include them in my list of ways to elevate hot chocolate for the holidays.
4. Rim the mug with chocolate and crushed cookies
Holiday treats are often over-the-top…so why not dip your mug into chocolate and then roll it around in crushed cookies? The cookie crumbs add a little bit of extra texture and flavour. Yes, this step requires a few extra dishes and adds some calories, but trust me, it’s worth it.
5. Candy Canes
Since candy canes are really only enjoyed during the holiday season, they make a perfect garnish on your cup of holiday hot chocolate. I like to crush them up and sprinkle them on top. This way, they will melt into your hot chocolate and add a nice peppermint flavour. Of course, you can add them in whole as a garnish and snack on them when you’re done with your drink.
And there you have it: 5 ways to elevate hot chocolate for the holidays. If you want to serve hot chocolate to your friends and family, consider setting up a hot chocolate bar. Everyone will love to add their own mix-ins!
No matter which holiday(s) you celebrate, I hope your holiday season is filled with family, friends, fun…and plenty of delicious hot chocolate!