Nothing says winter like a steaming mug of hot chocolate. While it’s tempting to pull out the mix from the store, who really thinks it tastes just as good as homemade hot cocoa? Nobody, that’s who! In just a few extra steps and with a few extra ingredients, you can have a super chocolatey brew that will make you forget the store-bought stuff forever. Here are some of our favorites! (Just add marshmallows.)

Homemade Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa Mix — Tracey’s Culinary Adventures
Chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in culinary heaven, right? Well, here’s a drink for all of you peanut butter lovers out there!

Creamy Hot ChocolateAll Recipes
This is no chocolate milk combo. There’s much more to this creamy, dreamy drink but it’s completely worth the few extra steps.

Chocolate Bar Hot ChocolateAll Recipes
Not sure what to do with leftover Halloween candy (come on, we know you still have some stashed around the house)? Melt it down into a cup of cocoa and your kids will never be the wiser!

Dark Chocolate Hot ChocolateMartha Stewart
Dark chocolate is supposedly good for you (all those antioxidants!), so sip this treat guilt-free.

Mexican Hot ChocolateFood Network
This version of hot cocoa has a pinch of cayenne pepper that gives it a little kick that will make you shout ¡Olé!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate — Bon Appetit
Who says candy canes are just for Christmas? Add one to hot chocolate for a steaming cup that’s totally refreshing.

Creamy White Hot Chocolate — Taste of Home
Give hot chocolate a little makeover with a winter white version that’s completely delish!

 

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