How to Upgrade Your Instant Hot Chocolate

With the holidays in full swing (Hey, I waited until December 1st!), hot chocolate is a real winner. Serve it at parties, cuddle up on the sofa with a big mug of hot chocolate on the coldest of days, heck, you could even give hot chocolate ingredients (adorably packaged, of course), as holiday gifts. But let’s face it, with a whole list of of other holiday recipes and cookies to make, who really wants to take the time to make hot chocolate completely from scratch? My secret: kick up instant hot chocolate.

This recipe for Cinnamon Brown Sugar Hot Cocoa, is my go-to for a little instant hot cocoa upgrade and it is good. Rich and smooth, the cinnamon adds that perfect balance, and the pinch of brown sugar makes it taste just a little more decadent. It is the holiday season, after all!

How to Upgrade Your Instant Hot Chocolate - Cinnamon Brown Sugar Hot Cocoa for the Holidays #Christmas

The beauty of using hot cocoa packets, is that you can make as little as one steaming cup of hot chocolate, or tear open a bunch of packets, cook it on the stove top, and serve this up at a party. Either way, it’s such a treat!

How to Upgrade Your Instant Hot Chocolate - Cinnamon Brown Sugar Hot Cocoa for the Holidays #Christmas

CINNAMON BROWN SUGAR HOT COCOA

INGREDIENTS

1 pack of Hot Cocoa Mix
1 cup of milk
less than 1 teaspoon brown sugar
pinch of cinnamon
campfire, mini, or regular marshmallows (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Start by simmering your milk. Be careful not to overheat/boil your milk; you’re just warming it. (I used 6 cups of milk to make 6 cups of hot chocolate.)
  2. Pour in your instant hot cocoa mix and stir until fully combined.
  3. Add in a pinch of cinnamon and your brown sugar and stir once more.
  4. Pour into mugs, top with marshmallows (I used these gigantic campfire marshmallows that worked like a charm!) and/or candy cane, and serve warm.

How to Upgrade Your Instant Hot Chocolate - Cinnamon Brown Sugar Hot Cocoa for the Holidays #Christmas

Other Ways to Upgrade Your Hot Chocolate:

  • caramel
  • a scoop of ice cream
  • cinnamon, nutmeg or vanilla extract
  • orange zest
  • a tablespoon of fresh-brewed espresso or coffee
  • peppermint stick
  • dark, milk, or white chocolate shavings
  • coconut or almond milk (use in place of regular milk)

How to Upgrade Your Instant Hot Chocolate - Cinnamon Brown Sugar Hot Cocoa for the Holidays #Christmas How to Upgrade Your Instant Hot Chocolate - Cinnamon Brown Sugar Hot Cocoa for the Holidays #Christmas

‘Tis the season!

Photos by Brandi Leigh // Glass Mugs, Lantern, Ornaments, Candy Canes, and Star: Big Lots // Gold Tree Planter: Anthropologie // White Dotted Hurricanes: West Elm // Sheepskin: Pottery Barn

 


Lexi

3 comments


  1. Rachel

    Mmmm I love adding cinnamon to my hot chocolate, too! Those marshmallows are making my mouth water

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