8 Fun Twists on the Classic Hot Chocolate

spicy-cinnamon-hot-chocolate-2Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Supper

Hot chocolate just might be the ultimate wintertime treat: It’s sweet, warm, filling, creamy – and most often gluten-free. And once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll find so many intriguing recipes for gourmet variations. Here are some that we’re looking forward to pouring into our mug:

Cinnamon Orange Hot Chocolate, Joy the Baker

Orange and chocolate are certainly no strangers, especially around the holidays. Add a dash of cinnamon, and you’ve got a sweetly spiced cup of deliciousness.

Lavender Hot Chocolate, Freutcake

If you’ve never enjoyed lavender in dessert form before, you are missing out. When added to hot chocolate, it adds a distinctly floral note – in the very best of ways.

Coconut Tres Leches Hot Chocolate, Mel’s Kitchen Café

This recipe manages to combine multiple amazing desserts into one incredible mug of hot cocoa. With chocolate, coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk, you really can’t go wrong here.

Red Velvet Hot Cocoa, Heather’s French Press

If you’re one of the many people who adore red velvet-flavored anything (and, really, who isn’t?) then you’re going to love this hot chocolate variation. It’s basically like the most popular cupcake in beverage form.

Creamy Raspberry Hot Chocolate, Cooking Classy

Another one of chocolate’s favorite fruits, raspberry adds its special style of tart sweetness to this warming treat. There’s also a dash of cinnamon in there, for good measure.

Spicy Maple Cinnamon Hot Chocolate, Brooklyn Supper (pictured)

Lovers of Mexican hot chocolate should definitely try this one. It has cinnamon, cayenne and real maple syrup, which come together to create a complex and unique flavor.

Salted Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate, One Ordinary Day

It’s actually hard to believe that peanut butter hot chocolate isn’t more popular, what with the two flavors being such a power couple in the dessert world. Needless to say, this cocoa variation is just as delicious as you think it would be.

Vanilla Bean White Hot Chocolate, Salt Tree

We know, we know – white chocolate isn’t actually chocolate. But if you’re looking for a sweet winter treat that is a bit nontraditional, we suggest you try this one. The use of real vanilla bean pod is what makes it unforgettable.

More gluten-free recipes for desserts and other mouthwatering foods can be found on the recipes page at AncientHarvest.com, and also in our free Modern Meal Cookbook. From all of us here at Ancient Harvest: Happy New Year.